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Design themes to transform your garden

Whether you’ve recently moved to a new house with a slightly neglected garden, or it’s simply been a while since you tended to yours, there are lots of reasons why you might want to revamp your outside area. If so, you might as well take the opportunity to choose a theme for your yard that fits both the space you have and your own personal style. There are lots of different design ideas you can pick, so here are five of our favorites to get you inspired.

English cottage garden

For those who want to choose a romantic and charming theme, the English cottage garden is an ideal choice. Think narrow pathways lined with dense flowerbeds full of color, plus trellises and archways overgrowing with roses. What’s nice about this style is that it doesn’t have to be too neat and orderly. Instead, you can let nature take control. To achieve the look, choose lots of pastel shades, curving brick paths, wooden benches, lattice fences, and fragrant blossoms.

Wildlife haven

If you’re an animal lover, you could consider tailoring your garden to make it into a mini wildlife sanctuary. The best way to do this is by having specific plants to encourage different creatures to visit your garden – for instance, bees love lavender, foxgloves and honeysuckle, while butterflies are attracted to buddleia and marjoram. Other great tactics include installing bird feeders and bird baths, or having a pond you can fill with fish.

Children’s play zone

Families with children are sure to want their kids to be able to make the most out of their outdoor space, so why not transform your yard into a play area? To start, having a wide open lawn gives you lots of room to play sports – and riding lawn mowers are the perfect way to keep the grass short for ball games. You could also think about getting a swing set, climbing frame, or even a treehouse if you have enough space. Add a shed at the end of the yard to keep everything neat and tidy when it rains or you have grown-up guests!

Urban escape

These days, many of us live in city centers where there’s not much room for gardens. If that’s the situation for you, don’t despair. You can still transform a small yard into a green haven to escape the hustle and bustle. Consider attaching baskets overflowing with flowers to the walls, adding a mirror for the illusion of more space, and using bright colors for vibrancy. Tall plants can also give you more privacy from your neighbors if your garden is overlooked.

Zen sanctuary

If you want to turn your garden into a mindful and meditative space, take some inspiration from temple gardens. Raked gravel, rock sculptures, and evergreen trees and plants are all ideal for evoking the image of a Zen garden, while also being easy to maintain. Adding a water feature can bring an additional touch of calm to your yard through its relaxing sound. Finally, stone statues and benches fit well with this aesthetic, along with lanterns for evening light.  

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