Five features that can transform your garden

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Giving your garden a desirable aesthetic is easier said than done. While it is easy to become inspired after walking the grounds of a grand villa or scrolling through social media, gazing at endless world-class gardens, it is not usually helpful. This is because every garden is unique, and what works for one outdoor space rarely works for another. 

Transforming your garden means working to your specific space, time and money requirements, in order to create an outdoor space that best reflects your personality, as much as the garden’s.

Nevertheless, there are a number of more standardised features that you can incorporate to create an attractive but practical garden, without losing the uniqueness that makes your property special.

Here are five features that can transform your garden:

A large and unique patio layout can serve many different purposes

While patios are commonplace – they are almost a gardening cliche – there are many creative ways you can incorporate one into your outdoor space. You could create a large patio that incorporates more practical amenities like a BBQ, outdoor seating and a hot tub.

Alternatively, you could use patio paving to create a winding path through your garden, creating a more unique aesthetic. This can be used to complement another feature, such as a summer house.

While laying a patio involves a lot of effort and expense, you can offset this by laying the patio yourself. This will involve specialist equipment. Unless you already have the equipment, you’re best off using a plant hire service, such as Boels wacker plate hire.

Water can give you a glamorous aesthetic without the five-star costs

When you think of water features, the first image that springs to mind is likely an elaborate mansion with a huge water fountain standing outside. However, while these dramatic features are not feasible for most gardens and budgets, you can incorporate the same drama into your outdoor space, albeit on a smaller scale.

For instance, by building a little stream of water that trickles through your garden, a pond or a small water fountain, you can quickly create a calming and meditative space. It is difficult to tire of the sound of water.

If lighting or space is an issue, why not get clever with mirrors

If your garden is small, or you struggle to attract much light into it, one solution could be to place a number of mirrors in and around your outdoor space.

This doesn’t mean you have to turn your garden into a hall of mirrors. By subtly placing mirrored surfaces throughout the space, you will trick the eye into believing there is more space and light than there actually is. A number of small restaurants use the same trick. If it’s executed in style, using mirrors can greatly enhance your garden aesthetic.

If you don’t have much room, go big on theme

Another way you can make use of a smaller outdoor space is to create impact through a specific theme. While larger gardens can get away with being glorified lawns, you may not have that luxury with a small garden. Therefore, why not give it a memorable aesthetic, such as a Japanese garden-style, a more urban decked look, or an overgrown natural appearance.

Bring what’s inside, outside

While not a feature in and of itself, you can transform your garden by incorporating more furniture into the space. Alongside your traditional table and chairs, you could include items such as a wicker sofa, hammock, bench or tree seat. It would both make your garden more practical and give it a more lifestyle-oriented aesthetic.

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