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07 Apr 2018

Garden Design Inspiration: 8 Awesome Ideas for your Garden

8 Awesome Ideas for your Garden:


This is a small garden design idea that is a sort of getaway oasis right amidst the hustles and bustles of the city. In this garden, you can relax and free yourself of any worries. The built-in daybed with a moon gate style is the dominant relaxation highlight of the garden. The garden will have a firepit and a raided pond. All these combine with the daybed to create a relaxing effect. The pond, firepit and surroundings of the daybed are built with concrete pipe. Timber cladding can be used to make the daybed so as to provide a lovely contrast with the concrete and the planters that surround the daybed.

Garden Design Inspiration PIPE DREAMS


Poured concrete can come in various colors and can be molded into various forms which is one reason why it is popular for making water features, benchtops, planters, seaters and other items for small garden ideas on a budget. It is so versatile that it can be used for so many things in a garden. Even intricate, delicately made angled planters can be built with poured concrete. Poured concrete can help landscape architects come up with numerous small garden design ideas. Planters made from poured concrete are as unique and permanent as items like barbecue built into tabletops and built-in timber seats in a garden. It is very difficult to make changes so it is necessary that the design, scale and positioning must be right from conception to implementation.

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Curvy custom-built timber daybeds could make for an excellent garden design inspiration. It could be placed right by the swimming pool making it a perfect spot for relaxation. One could lie back on it or sit on it as one pleases. It is also convenient for talking with those in the swimming pool. It could be made more comfortable with the addition of some outdoor cushions. A garden with this feature has a refreshing, coastal look to it. A color palette light should be used for this kind of garden with greenery and the right mix of colors used. Feature palms can be placed in the garden to blend well with the plants and flowers in the garden.

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These days, decks are built as living spaces that can be placed at the back of a house or near a swimming pool. A lot of decks now come with numerous features like barbecue and storage cabinets. A lot of these decks have lovely built-in screens providing privacy and screening out disturbances. They also come with inbuilt planters with wide terraced steps. Up backrests could also be placed in these gardens. Stone cladding can be used on raised built-in planters that runs along the side of pools and decks to offset the warm tone of timber decks. The raided built-in planters can help to hold the small garden design and house plants that provide seasonal color.

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This small garden design idea involves the use of a courtyard in a little space.  A lot of people might think a courtyard in a small garden is impossible, but with the right ideas and design, courtyards could be utilized as uniquely as possible. The courtyard could be made airy and open with the use of tricks like using white walls and built-in elements. Landscape designers could include built-in benches and other space conserving features. The tops of the benches could be lifted up in various sections to provide spaces for storing items like gardening supplies, toys for kids and other things. Courtyards like this could be as small as 5m x 5m and still make a lot of sense. A simple tonal balance and other small garden design inspiration could be used to create a sense of balance and scale in the garden. Thus, a space can appear much larger than it is.

small garden design idea HIDDEN DEPTHS


With good creativity and the use of a few built-in elements, landscape architects can come up with small garden design ideas on a budget for narrow or unevenly shaped spaces. A small decking area could be used, and a dainty garden could be produced from it. All it needs is creativity and proper use of spacing. Thus, awkward areas could be converted to areas for relaxation and entertainment with the implementation of good garden design inspirations. Water walls could be added to structural walls to provide a focal point in this garden. The water can flow to a pool, and the noise will provide a nice shield against the everyday noise from the city below. Built-in planters amongst other items can be built with timber, rendered block and other materials in this garden.

small garden design ideas on a budget


Built-in elements do not have to be about seating alone. Garden designers could come up with innovative ways of using built-in features. They could be used for tabletops, walls, decks etc. Some gardens could have built-in recessed sections for storing ice for keeping drinks cool. Built-in framed mirrors could also be designed. Small garden design ideas could involve the creation of tables with in-built planters to create more space for plants. The plants could be changed seasonally as one desires. Nutritional herbs could also be planted on these tables for consumptions.

TRICKS FOR TABLETOPS garden design idea


It is not easy to fit in personal elements and still maintain privacy in outdoor living spaces of modern apartments. Balconies are good places for creating gardens in modern apartments. They can be made private and tweaked as one wishes. These balcony gardens are great for implementing small garden design ideas on a budget. Space-saving elements like built-in seating, barbecue, daybed and planting could be used. They could be constructed from timber and other desirable materials. Walls could be made of metal trellises where plants can also grow. Good lighting should be used in this garden to make the space look romantic or larger as one wishes. The lighting should also be good enough to allow nighttime activities to be carried out without stress.


Also read: Decks to adore.

28 Mar 2018

Decks to adore

When the nights are balmy and the days long and warm, there’s nothing more relaxing than lazing an undercover deck transforms the backyard into an outdoor retreat that can be enjoyed year round, connecting the indoors with the garden.
If you want to build a deck, take time to do some research, to find the size and style that suits your home and choose a material aligned to your budget and lifestyle. Be sure to check building codes and bushfire zone regulations for your area, too. Timber was once the only material used for decks but these days there is a range of composite, resin, metal and cement products that look smart and modern, and they need little maintenance.
Unless you have other shady spots, you’re going to need a roof to shade the deck in summer, so factor this into the construction costs. Make the deck more inviting by styling with bright cushions on the furniture, outdoor rugs and potted plants. Buy some self-watering pots, and use a double saucer for big plants if you have timber decking, as water leaks stain the wood.

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Timber decking

People choose timber decking because it’s a natural product with a warm, traditional ambience. It comes in a range of widths, and is a good choice if you enjoy going barefoot in summer, as it stays cooler than many other materials. It’s also good in wet climates and for pool areas because, although it absorbs some water, it does not get too slippery.
Timber’s biggest downfall is that it weathers when exposed to the elements and needs sealing, usually yearly, depending on its exposure to sun and rain. Sealers enhance the natural colour and stop timber splitting, cracking and rotting. Decking products can only be used on seasoned timber, as unseasoned hardwoods containing tannins need to be treated to remove these before sealing.
Timber decks are not as suitable for fire-prone areas and can be attacked by termites and borers, although hardwoods are more resistant. When you are shopping around, ask about the source of the timber, to check on sustainability. The tropical hardwoods are mostly felled in South-East Asian rainforests. Here are some options to consider.

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Manmade decking

For a non-fuss, practical and modern finish, consider composite, polyurethane resin, aluminium and cement fibre decking, as they keep their good looks with just an occasional sweep and mop. Fibre cement and aluminium are the best choice for fire-prone areas, and any wood composite that has a fire-retardant coating. Some have a Bushfire Attack Level rating of up to BAL-40.

There are some manmade decking boards that are made from recycled materials, which add to their ‘green’ credentials, but most of them are more expensive than timber.
One advantage of manmade boards is that they resist stains, mildew and scratches, and do not splinter or rot. Some products stay cool and are anti-slip. Many have finishes that resemble timber, such as the quality resin and composite products, which look reasonably authentic and are less likely to fade than cheaper versions.
Most manmade decking is easy to lay, as all the boards are straight and the same length.
Most types are manufactured with a groove along the side and are fixed with a clip or similar concealed fastening system, which saves on labour costs as installation is relatively quick.
Some aluminium products can be laid flush, so there are no gaps between the boards, which can be useful when you want to use the area beneath a raised deck for storage.

Modular decking

Composite, pine or merbau modular decking is widely available. The prefabricated, modular project kits include a base frame, deck panels and fixings that you use a drill to assemble. Some of the systems have interlocking deck tiles that snap into place, and these can transform an existing concrete patio or balcony.

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Cleaning & resurfacing

While hardwood timber decking can be left to weather to a natural grey, it’s usually oiled to protect it, and to show off the beautiful colour and grain of the timber. To clean the boards, pressure wash them or use a hard broom and water jet, then allow to dry before sealing. For decks that are very weathered, use a specialist wood cleaner to brighten the timber before re-coating. Marks on the boards may need sanding to erase them.
Transparent coatings show off the natural timber characteristics, or you can stain them to a more intense colour. After our experience of a lurid burgundy pine deck, we now follow the product instructions carefully, and stir the can well before applying. Use the brush or roller recommended by the manufacturer for the best result. Choose either an oil-based or water-based formula, and stick to that type of product for the life of the deck. If you want to change, you have to strip the timber back to bare wood and start again. Oil-based coatings penetrate the wood better. They also give the timber a ‘wet’ look and are more durable. Water-based coatings are environmentally friendly, have less odour and dry more quickly.



07 Mar 2018

The right approach to create a Perfect garden design

Follow the rules
When you’re making any major changes to your garden, there’s one important guideline to consider – if in doubt about planning, check. One of the most common issues is removal of trees. If you want to cut one back or remove it, ask your local tree officer if it’s covered by a tree preservation order (TPO). If you’re in a conservation area they will be protected and you’ll need permission to fell or prune them. Front gardens have more restrictions than rear ones. For example, fences along a path or road are limited to a height of one metre without planning permission. Elsewhere, the boundary between you and your next-door neighbour can’t be higher than two metres. It’s always worth talking to your neighbours before commencing work to ensure good relations.
Finally, new houses often have covenants limiting what you can do, from putting up features to planting against a neighbour’s wall, so it’s worth checking it out before making a start.

Fix on finance

Having a budget really helps to focus the mind. Gardens, like any building work, can eat up housands of pounds. ‘Remember that it doesn’t all have to be done at once; staging the revamp can help to make it seem more do-able,’.But whatever job you decide to do first, always have a contingency of 5-10 per cent, just in case!

Wants and needs for a perfect garden design

When planning your job, it’s always best to begin with the simple question: What do I want? Maybe seating… If so, for how many people? Does it need to look good from the house? Perhaps you want
somewhere to store things to keep it tidy. Or do you need to create an area that’s safe and
appealing for children? ‘When you’re thinking about your priorities, be as specific as possible and you’ll limit and define exactly what you need to do. The clearer you are about what you want, the better the result will be.

Gather inspiration

Search through pictures in magazines, books and the internet for ideas. Pinterest is a great source and you can make your own boards of images that you like. Once you have a good selection, examine them closely so you’re able to identify two things – the overall theme and then the details. There will probably be some random choices, but are they mainly country or modern in style, dark
or light, cluttered or pared back? And then really focus in on the specifics. Take a close look at the materials, the shapes, the lighting and colours.
Flooring options
Careful detailing really makes a difference. If you’re creating a sitting area, think about both the look and the cost of paving – the price of the material itself and the cost of manpower to prepare the ground and lay it. Smoothand symmetrical paving looks more modern than riven, random shapes and patterns. Natural materials such as stone and timber work better in gardens than porcelain tiles and will look good over a longer period.
‘It pays to get the best quality materials as they have to last year after year. But it’s worth the investment. If you get the garden right, you’ll have an additional room to your house to enjoy. If paving is too expensive, consider gravel. Again, the details are important – gravel comes in different sizes, colours and shapes. Too big and it’s difficult to walk on, too small and it travels everywhere. Too dark and it will look dowdy, too pale and it doesn’t look real.

Zone in
Often the revamp will boil down to creating different areas in the garden, such as a place to sit, or a place for children to play. Make sure each space is large enough for the activity it will be hosting. A dining area, for example, will need to be big enough so that chairs can be pushed back from the table; a swing or slide for children will need a long clear area. Get hold of the dimensions of the tables, chairs or play equipment before you start work and mark them out on the ground to make sure you get it right.
Set the boundaries
These spaces would often benefit from being enclosed with plants such as shrubs or bamboos. However, a quicker way to divide the garden into different areas is to put up trellis screens.
Think about what sort of trellis to use. Consider the style of your surroundings; does your quaint country cottage call for something traditional such as diagonal trellis? Or perhaps your super-modern new-build requires something a little more contemporary, such as slatted panels.

Clear the clutter
Often a reason for gardens getting messy is lack of storage, so think about putting in a shed
that will work well in your space. It doesn’t have to be an eyesore to hide away. Some can
be beautiful given the right treatment. Give yours a lick of paint to complement your garden and this will extend its life too.
Add shelving inside to really get organised and make the most of your space.
Light your way
The key with lighting is Always to focus on what is being lit rather than the light itself. So light a tree, skim a wall,highlight a feature.
Draw attention to new elements you’ve included in the garden by lighting them up – whether it’s a water feature or a line of pots. Solar lighting is getting better but often the best time for garden lighting is on dull winter afternoons, and for that you’ll need conventional power. It’s always advisable to use a qualified electrician to install this.
Safety first
As children grow up you don’t need to worry quite so much about safety, but whatever their age, having standing water is a worry. Even if it’s very shallow it’s best to fence water off or put a sturdy grill at surface level. Another consideration in gardens is what material to use beneath play equipment: grass will wear out quickly; bark chippings will get kicked about.
Rubber tiles, mulch or bonded rubber are other options for safer landings. 
Essential extras
Don’t forget the finishing touches – pots, water features and ornaments. These can help draw the eye to a far corner of the garden, bring a sitting area to life and give structure. Always try to use them for a purpose, so three or five pots in a line will break up a wall and give a repeated pattern. A water feature next to a sitting area will visually give a reason for the seat to be there. An ornament at the end of a path acts as a view stopper, to prevent the lines of the path just fading away.

Top tips on how to create some magic in tiny spaces:

  • Stick to pale colours for plants, paint and furnishings to bounce light around the garden
  • Avoid using small plants or materials. Larger paving stones, for example, will help to give a cleaner look
  • Try to make sure walls or fences look the same or work together so the space feels coherent and not cluttered

Also read: Adromischus (Crassulaceae).

18 Feb 2018

A simple garden project for the family

The owners of this garden wished to create a simple space for the whole family, with beautiful plants, a corner for children to play and a large dining area.

It was also important to take into account the new glass extension of the house, which unified the interior with the exterior.

A simple garden project for the family

In this garden project for the family to make the most of the sun, the main dining area has been placed at the opposite end of the house, with a pergola that provides shade to the guests and acts as a support for the wisteria.

The view from the house is that of a long rectangular lawn with a formal look. Olive trees and box spheres are arranged at regular intervals between the luxuriant and exuberant vegetation of perennial grasses, which give structure, scent and color to the edges.

A bench is placed on one side of the garden, in the middle of the vegetation, so that you sit down to watch the children’s play can catch up to the last ray of the evening sun.

A small border of lavender and boxwood fencing the play area, equipped with a swing and a carpet of bark shavings.

All around the garden, a fence made of trellises and support poles guarantees privacy.

Mirrors mounted on the wall amplify the feeling of space under the pergola, where, around the base of a tree, in a corner, a bench has also been inserted.

DIMENSIONS 16 x 10 m (160 sm)


DISTINCTIVE SEATS garden project for the famaly with big dining area and pergola

LOCATION Garden Design Dubai

TEAM Landscape architect Dubai

Garden project for the famaly with child-resistant borders

Many plants react quickly enough to occasional contact with children and their activities; others, however, if continuously tormented end up having such a miserable and battered air to induce you to abandon them permanently.

Therefore, on the borders of the areas most frequented by children, it is better to include relatively robust plants or those able to quickly recover from possible traumas.


Garden project for the famaly with child-resistant borders

1 – Ajuga reptans ‘Pink Surprise’
2 – Alchemilla mollis
3 – Amelanchier lamarckii
4 – Aucuba japonica ‘Picturata’
5 – Buxus sempervirens ‘
6 – Elegantissima ‘Choisya ‘Aztec Pearl’
7 – Corpus alba ‘Sibirica’
8 – Corylus maxima ‘Purpurea’
9 – Cotoneaster x suecicus ‘Coral Beauty’
10 – Euonymus fortunei ‘Emerald’ n ‘Gold’

11 – Geranium clarkei ‘Kashmir Purple’
12 – Geum rivale ‘Leonard’s Variety’
13 – Hedera helix ‘Goldchild’
14 – Hemerocallis ‘Stella de Oro’
15 – Lonicera nitida ‘Baggesen’s Gold’
16 – Viburnum davidii
17 – Viburnum tinus
18 – Vinca minor ‘Atropurpurea’


Also read: Playground areas and risk.

05 Feb 2018

Garden project on a sloping terrain

Many believe it is more difficult to design a garden on a sloping terrain.

The differences in level allow us to arrange the plants on different levels, making the whole of the cultivable areas more lively.

Of course I do not mean sites with an excessive difference in height: in that case, in fact, the budget tends to rise rapidly and much of the usable space will be occupied by steps and balustrades.

As for me, not only do I like challenges, but I also believe that a garden with a slight difference in height can be more fascinating than a flat space.


It is easy and inexpensive to draw a line on a piece of paper and mark the point where a wall will have to be built; but moving large amounts of land is another matter!

Moving a retaining wall of even half a meter greatly influences the budget: evaluate the benefits you can draw and do not make hasty decisions.


I think well-designed steps can become an interesting element in a garden and benefit from the general structure, suggesting a certain directionality.

If you can, build steps that are as large and comfortable as possible, so you do not have to queue up before going to them!

The risers must be smooth and not exceed 20 cm; the treads should be at least 30 cm deep.


Of course, the water flows in one direction only and the differences in height influence the flow.

Fill the area behind the retaining walls with gravel and create drain holes so that the water can not accumulate.

Give the right slope to the steps to prevent water from stagnating, making them dangerous.


The walls with a height of more than 60 cm must be built by a professional, especially if they serve to hold the ground.

If you intend to make steps, remember that side walls will also be needed.

In case of considerable difference in height, consider the possibility of creating a terracing. The different areas can be paved or cultivated and will allow you to make the most of the space.


In many countries, the law states that the height differences of more than 60 cm are protected by 1,2 m high balustrades, which could interrupt a view or do not match the architecture of the garden.

To overcome this problem, you can create your terraces with a difference in height that does not exceed 60 cm or build the very wide steps, in order to avoid altogether or minimize the use of balustrades.


A wooden floor can be the ideal solution in a sloping garden, because it allows the water to flow without difficulty and does not require serious foundation work.

A simple steel structure, complete with steps, can instead be used for larger gradients.

You can use something like that to create, for example, a balcony on the first floor, accessible from the garden with a few steps.

Wooden railway sleepers are perhaps the cheapest way to build a small wall or some steps.

Use it to build a framework to be filled with loose and draining material, such as pebbles or gravel, or to grow plants so as to soften the slopes.

Walls and solid steps in stone, brick or masonry give a feeling of stability, but require complicated foundation work.

Many gardens have the advantage of being structured on different levels, with comfortable areas used as lawn or patio where you can move freely.

Usually the gardens with slight slopes correspond to these requirements or adapt easily to the purpose; if instead the natural slope is significant, it will be necessary to modify it to make the garden more livable in everyday life.


The division of the garden into three parts, through two low retaining walls, allows the leveling of the ground. The three spaces are connected by paved paths and comfortable steps.

The plant design means that every single part of the garden forms a separate, autonomous and complete space. The design not only solves the slope problem, but is also an ideal solution for long and narrow gardens.

Each space can be made safe for children by adding low fences, grates and stair access gates.

Garden project on a sloping terrain landscape plan
1 Patio and Table 2 –  3 – Stone floor Outdoor living room 4 Vegetation –   5 Wall – 6 – Gravel  7 – Playground space   8 – Grass 9- Areas of vegetable garden and aromatic herbs 10 – Deposit  11 –   Tree 12 – Hedge

Huts and deposits for your garden project

Unless you are lucky enough to have plenty of free space elsewhere, for example in a garage, you will need a storage room to store gardening tools and equipment. You will discover that, whatever size you choose, it will never be big enough!

The important thing, however, is how to harmonize it with the project: it must be useful and accessible but not cumbersome.

If the garden is large, you can contemplate an area in which to fix not only the tool shed but also other elements that usually prefer to hide, such as the compost bin, the basin for collecting water and the greenhouse.

You can then create a shielding by combining vegetation and partitions. The narrow and long gardens are particularly suitable for this solution.

If the garden is small, you may be forced to place the deposit in a more or less visible place, trying to soften it with the help of plants.

If space is limited, arrange different vines on the walls of the shed, avoiding those with adventitious roots like ivy, which would make maintenance difficult.

For better performance, fix metal cables or trellises to the building and cultivate twining vines, such as clematis or honeysuckle, which tolerate well pruning every two or three years, when the shed needs your care.

With a little extra space, you can install trellises or metal cables on stakes placed a short distance from the shed.

Future maintenance will be easier; and if the grid becomes a characterizing element of the project, what is shielded will take second place.

If there is enough space, create a border of evergreens and deciduous species that completely surrounds the service area.

By connecting it to the rest of the vegetation, it will remain totally hidden.

Alternatively, consider the deposit as a positive element of the project, treating it or painting it with colors matching the style of the garden or decorating it with vases and other ornaments.

A paved area around it will transform it into a place of relaxation.

The ideal plants for this garden project

Trees, shrubs, perennial and annual choices for this garden are all easy to maintain and reasonable, and we also took into account their aesthetic appearance during the course of the year and safety for the family.

The highest ones are placed in such a way as to accentuate the division of the garden.

Garden project on a sloping terrain landscape plan plantation landscape plan


Legend of plants used in this garden project: Ag – Agapanthus ‘Blue Giant’ | As – Astilbe chinense ‘Finale’ At – Astrantia major | Br – Brachyglottis Gruppo Dunedin ‘Sunshine’ | Bu – Buddleja ‘Pink Delight’ | Cj – Camellia japonica ‘Adolphe Audusson’ | Ca – Campanula persicifolia var. alba | Cr – Carex oshimensis ‘Evergold’ | Ce – Ceanothus ‘Delight’Cistus x hybridus | Cl – Clematis ‘Rouge Cardinal’ | Co – Coreopsis verticillata ‘Zagreb’ | Cy – Cytisus ‘Windlesham Ruby’  | Es – Escallonia rubra ‘Crimson Spire’ | Eu – Euonymus europaeus ‘Red Cascade’ | Ge – Geranium darkei’Kashmir Purple’ | Gr – Geranium wallichianum ‘Buxton’s Variety’ | Hp – Hemerocallis ‘Pink Damask’ | He – Hemerocallis ‘Stafford’ | Hi – Hibiscus syriacus’Oiseau Bleu’ | Ir – Iris ‘Frost and Flame’ (var. alta barbata) | Ii – Iris sibirica ‘Tropic Night’ | Ja – Jasminum officinale ‘Argenteovariegatum’ | Ju – Juniperus horizontalis ‘Emerald Spreader’ | La  – Lavandula angustifolia ‘Folgate’ | Le – Leucanthemum x superbum ‘Aglaia’ | Lo – Lonicera fragrantissimaMalus x zumi ‘Golden Hornet’ | Mi – Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gracillimus’ | Mo – Monarda ‘Snow Queen’ | Ne – Nepeta ‘Six Hills Giant’ | Oe – Oenothera macrocarpa | Pa – Panicum virgatum ‘Rubrum’ | Pe – Perovskia atriplicifolia ‘Blue Spire’ | Ph – Phlox paniculata ‘Sandringham’ | Po – Potentilla fruticosa ‘Tilford Cream’ | Rh –  Rhododendron ‘Avalanche’ | Rp – Rhododendron ‘Purple Splendour’ Ribes sanguineum ‘Tydeman’s White’ | Ro – Robinia pseudoacacia ‘Frisia’ Schizostylis ‘Sunrise’ | Sk – Skimmia japonica (1 male, 2 females) | Sj – Spiraea japonica ‘Anthony Waterer’| Sp – Spiraea nipponica ‘Snowmound’ | Ve – Veronica gentianoides ‘Variegata’ | Vi – Viburnum carlesii ‘Aurora’Viburnum opulus ‘Roseum’ | Vr- Viburnum rhytidophyllum | Vt – Vitis vinifera ‘Ciotat’ | We – Weigela florida ‘Foliis Purpureis’


Also read: TYPES OF GARDENS: Modernist Gardens.

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