How to Design a Stylish and Beautiful Garden

How to Design a Stylish and Beautiful Garden

Updated on 18th January 2022

Are you designing your first garden? Or are you planning on transforming your patio into stylish and gorgeous outdoor space? Then you better be prepared. The optimal garden design is not a rocket science, but following certain guidelines would undoubtedly make the entire process easier.

Step-by-Step Guide on Garden Design

Close-up of a lawn with short plants and a beautiful ornament in the middle.

“Our Garden” by Hans Splinter is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0,

Choose the Purpose of Your Garden

How do you want to spend your time in the garden? Are you dreaming of growing your own food there or you want to create a wonderful space for your children to play? Defining the purpose of your outdoor space is the first and most important decision you need to make that would determine the entire design. And as landscape architect Eckbo says, generally, there are three goals to set up a garden space: to raise food, to create living space, or to be visually pleasing. Choose yours wisely.

Plan Your Spaces

Once you know your purpose, you need to define the boundaries and decide on how to split the space. If you want to have a cozy area with fancy and comfortable garden furniture, how much space do you want it to take out of your entire backyard? Do you want a BBQ? An outdoor wood castle for your kids? The core rule here is not to jump on adding all the elements possible in your garden, unless you are sure it is big enough to carry them. Think about the walking spaces and make sure that you will have spacious pathways.

Explore Your Property

Person standing on a ladder in his garden.

This work (by Marnix Florin) is free of known copyright restrictions.

Designing a garden won’t be successful if you don’t know what you already have. Take your time to explore your space and the current plants there. See what is growing well and what not. Check what the soil is and what parts get the most sunshine. Those insights are a prerequisite for the proceeding of the design.

Account for Growth

At first, you may feel that your garden plants look sporadic. And this is normal, as they have not matured. However, you need to be patient and account for growth. So either create a full landscape right away with the intention to relocate, when the plants grow enough, or choose some quick-growing plants. Either ways, keep track and do not overfill your space.

Don’t be Afraid to Seek Help

If you have already planned your garden design, but you feel unsure about it, if you have difficulties in implementing what you want, or if you cannot answer some of the questions, we’ve already posed, do not be afraid to seek help. The professional gardeners could assist you at any stage of the garden build and make sure that the final results are stunning.

Tips for Stylish Garden Touches

Knowing how to design a garden is absolutely necessary, but making most of your garden space and turning it into a beautiful and stylish outdoor area is an art. Here are some tips on what you need to pay attention to.

Choose Simple Colors

As with your house, the color scheme of your garden is super important. Imagine having red brick walls, putting yellow tiles, and choosing purple plants. The garden will end up being super colorful, but in no way stylish. So think about it. Choosing white, beige, or limestone tiles and paving is always a good idea, as they are neutral and generally complement the fresh green color of the grass. If you have some elements, walls, etc. that are not in the right color, paint them at an early stage. Only then, think about the colors of the plants and the furniture and how they fit in the entire picture.

Create Contrasts

Beautiful garden with bushes and different kinds of colorful flowers.

“Garden” by Akuppa John Wigham is licensed under CC BY 2.0,

The beautiful and stylish garden is neat, but lively. And to achieve this you need to find the right contrasts. Alternate plants with strict geometric forms with more loose and free growing ones. Make sure you will not only like how the garden looks, but will also feel comfortable there. Keep in mind the color contrasts, too. White and green is classics, but you need to add some accents and to match them well with all the rest.  

Choose Natural Materials

Small garden with flowers and bushes surrounded by a wood fence.

“Garden” by R. Mariner is licensed under CC BY 2.0,

Whatever furniture you choose for your garden space, be it huge garden table with benches, playground for the kids, or fence for your food growing corner, it better be made from natural materials. Plastic is both unsustainable and unstylish. Wood, bamboo, etc. brings warmth and complements the feel in the best way possible.

Do Not Forget the Lighting

Omitting this essential element may lead to DIY solutions once your garden is finished. And those late solutions would hardly end up being beautiful. So if you want to enjoy your garden space in the warm summer evening, to gather there with friends, watch movies, and celebrate, then choose proper lights and position them well, so this could be the final touch of your home garden design.


Add garden art

Garden art is a wonderful way to break boring gardens and an opportunity to elevate your garden design. Whether it is a decor feature, water instalment, ornament or a DIY project, garden art should always be welcome in your outdoor space. 

The only thing you need to have in mind to make it work is to match the type of art with the theme and style of your garden. Decorative items are meant to stand out and complement your garden design at the same time. So make sure garden art looks like it belongs to the landscape rather than breaking a cycle.

Before you make a spontaneous decision, stand back and assess. Consider what ornament would best fit your existing garden design. Find out where the landscape needs some interesting new elements. Use garden art to hide hideous areas, cover bare walls and fences, or even create a better contrast to display pots and garden attributes.

Combine herbs and flowers

Want to make the most of your garden and save some extra space? Instead of starting a flower garden and a herb garden, you can combine the two and get the best of both worlds. Enjoy the colours and aromas of vivid blooming plants and edibles. And pick up fresh leafy herbs for your culinary experiments any time you feel like it. 

Herbs are a functional and stylish addition to any modern garden. By adding these types of greens to your garden space you get free ingredients for the kitchen and beautiful arrangements. Parsley, lemon thyme, chives, mint, and violets are some of the best choices for mixed gardens as they stand out with their structure, colours and fragrances.

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