Garden design ideas, inspiration & pictures

While the benefits of gardens or green-spaces within our homes are broadly understood, the fear of maintenance and upkeep often leads us to shying away from creating something beautiful. Many of us actually love the idea of heading outside and getting our hands dirty, but as time rarely permits for such activities, the garden and all associated with it is usually thrown on the backburner. 

Simply taking care of a pot-plant can be enough for most of us. Here we’re taking a look at some of the most common questions relating to garden design and how you should approach is, so that you can get a sense of the steps to follow and how to implement the ideas that you have. 

How do I get started with garden design?

Whether you have a dream garden in mind or not, it’s important to remember that as with all rooms, sticking to your means is vital. If you don’t have a huge outdoor space to work with, you’ll probably have to keep it pretty simple. If you’ve got a large space but not a lot of time, opting for something low maintenance is probably your best bet. If you don’t actually have a yard or a garden space, you’ll have to get more creative and think of ways to maximise what is available to you. 

Perhaps it’s a balcony, or maybe it’s a little corner inside that you would like to transform into a green space. Regardless of the space that you have, there are options - and that’s what homify is here for.Once you’ve settled on a concept, you can get to the fun part - choosing a theme and a look that you want to go for. 

Planning is, after all, the most fun part - unless you’re an experienced and talented DIY guru. After you’ve determined exactly what you want to do, these next step is identifying whether you can do it yourself, or whether you’ll need to seek the advice of professionals. If you’re installing a hook for a hanging plant, you can probably manage. If you’re looking to install a new deck, you’ll likely need assistance. 

How can I easily improve my garden?

Depending on the size and location of your garden, your capacity for improvements and spruce-ups will be different. If you’re blessed with a big space then you’re also blessed with the ability implement design themes and to adorn fences, seating areas, tables and chairs with decorations or stylish pieces. 

In this case you might like to think of a new table setting, some new plant types, a herb garden or veggie patch or even something as simple as some outdoor storm candles or garden lights. If your space is smaller, such as a balcony, you’re options are of course a bit more limited. 

However, as with small interiors, the results can be incredibly stylish and on-trend if everything is well planned and executed in a practical fashion. A great idea for a balcony-garden could be a ladder installation, a green wall or a herb garden restricted to a large pot. 

How can I keep plants and flowers alive for a long time?

As we stated above, the mere task of keeping a pot-plant alive can be a challenging one for many of us. So keeping plants or flowers in the garden in shape? Even more of a task. 

Protect: The first step is protecting your space from animals and pests, whom are usually want to destroy what we’ve created. The course of action here can be as simple as the installation of a fence. 

Water: This one might sound simple, but it is vital to understand the water requirements of each individual plant and flower and to ensure that they each receive exactly what they need. 

Vacation fill-ins: If you’re heading away for an extended period of time (some plants get lonely after only 24-hours) then you will likely need to find someone that can jump in and take care of your plants for you. Without attention and water for a few days, some of them will probably perish. Another option is to intentionally take plants that can live for longer intervals without drinking. 

Drip Irrigation: If you’ve got no time to water and no one to fill in for you but do happen to like plants and flowers that require regular hydration, then opting for a drip-irrigation system could be the solution for you. The process is simple, the device itself is easy to install and the results are optimal. 

What types of garden fencing exists?

When we picture fences we usually envisage a pretty basic, relatively ugly installation used simply to separate blocks or keep prying eyes away. While these two functions are certainly the most practical elements of the whole concept of fencing, there’s no reason why this item can’t also star as a stylish element of your home. 

As with almost all things home-and-living, there are many options in terms of materials and style, and it’s all about working out which combination suits your needs best. 

Aluminium: Perhaps the most standard fence variation is the aluminium style, popular because it’s easy to maintain, it’s strong and it works undeniably well. These fences come in various heights and style and are recommended if you have pets, because they can’t chew it. 

Bamboo: For those with a green-thumb or a penchant for environmentally friendly choices, the bamboo fence may just be the perfect option for your garden. Additionally, this style is aesthetically pleasing, easy to install and is actually one of the strongest types of wood, meaning that it’s a very durable option. There are actually three types of bamboo to choose from; rolled, live and cane - so the actual styles available might not be exactly as you’re picturing. What we mean is, not all bamboo looks exactly like the branches pandas love munching on. 

Brick: The brick option comes with a very distinct sense of style and a classic suburban feeling. It’s extremely sturdy and is also barely chewable for pets. With an endless variation of heights, styles, colours and finishes, this is certainly an angle worth exploring.

Chainlink: A popular but not particularly secure or private option, the chain-link fence is well known and very affordable solution. Other than the low price tag, the advantages of this style include durability and ease of installation and maintenance. One way to spruce it up a bit is to decorate it with shrubbery and flowers - there’s always a way to make your space more beautiful. 

Wood: An absolute classic, and almost endless in variation - we can’t fault the good old wooden fence. These fences are usually inexpensive, lightweight, easy to shape, install and modify. What’s even better? They add a sense of character and charm to a home, and can be easily manipulated to define the entire style of your outdoor look. homify is loaded with beautiful and inspiring garden ideas, so take a look...we’re sure you’ll find what you’re after!