Most of us would love to have a beautiful landscaped garden or garden building but have no idea where to start.

Landscaping ideas start with good research. Take inspiration by visiting garden centres, public gardens, annual garden shows, even other people’s houses to get a feel of what is to your taste. Take into account your garden size and think about what you need your garden to do for you. Then, take to the drawing board to sketch your ideas and make mood boards from magazines and Pinterest of your dream garden landscape.

Please take a look at our Pinterest for further inspiration.

Elements to consider when first planning are:

  • Walls and boundaries
  • Hedges and fences
  • Paths and patios
  • Lawns
  • Water features
  • Zoning areas (dining, playing, shading)
  • Planting: trees, shrubs, pots
  • Garden lighting
  • Outdoor dining areas
  • Garden kitchens
  • Fire features

Common landscaping materials:

  • Bricks
  • Timber and decking
  • Paving and block paving
  • Aggregates
  • Concrete, mortar and render
  • Weed membrane and landscaping fabric
  • Exterior paints and finishes
  • Sleepers

Contemporary Outdoor Living offers a free design service and will advise you on every aspect of your project from start to finish. Contact Us.