Whether you want a family-friendly space, an easy maintenance scheme, a place to grow-your-own or year-round flowers – these garden designs have got it pegged.
A simple way to create a fantastic looking traditional favourite of gorgeous, continually flowering deep borders is to opt for colour theming (above). For example, team dusky pinks with reds, and keep blues, lilacs and white elsewhere – though dots of contrasting colour will add zing. This style does call for a certain amount of work and commitment. Each year you’ll need to check which plants need dividing, add compost, feed, water and provide support for the taller blooms.
Planting a garden with plenty of foliage plants will cut back the amount of work you’ll need to do. The shape of the plants will give the garden structure and the tone of the greens will become the colour palette. Create variety with different shades of yellow, mid-tone greens and silver foliage. Using contrasting shapes, such as tall, slim bamboos, delicate frondy ferns, strappy grasses and large-leaved plants will bring interest. Evergreens will look good all year and need just a little tidying up. You can make life even easier by laying paving and gravel around beds rather than grass.
Even a small space can have both a children’s and adult area. This sloping garden is divided into eating, playing and planting zones. Box hedges separate the dining patio from the steps, which are made safe by the addition of a toughened-glass gate. Closer to the house bright colours give definition. And artificial grass ensures a soft landing under play equipment. Try Lazylawn.
Traditionally cottage gardens produced fruit and veg for the home and flowers were grown alongside to make them pretty. This idea has been revived in this contemporary home with rows of brightly painted raised beds separated by gravel paths. Beans and salad vegetables, Swiss chard and herbs look lovely mixed with colourful marigolds and salvia.