​How to Landscape your Garden

Whatever size and style garden you have, these garden landscaping rules ensure you use walls, plants, paths and other features to give it structure and shape


1. Create zones
Breaking up the space in your garden with different borders and boundaries is the simplest but most effective way to design a garden. Think about which way the sun faces, whether you want to use your garden for entertaining, gardening, children's play or all of these activities. Contemporary screening options such as hazel hurdles and bamboo screening are excellent for creating zones. Adding a focal point to your garden, such as a decking area or an arbour, is also a great idea.

2. Use sleepers
Railway sleepers are another effective way of adding lines and borders to your garden. You can use them to build sold-retaining walls, sleeper beds and also edge pathways. Softwood sleepers are easier to cut and carry while reclaimed sleepers may contain creosote so will need to be handled carefully. Once in place, sleepers will stay put and look great for a long time. We even have a garden sleeper kit that contains everything you need to make a smaller flower or vegetable bed.

3. Get Growing
One of the most important aspects of a well-designed garden is, of course, incorporating flora and fauna into the space. The best part is that plants will only make your garden look better over time so consider the shapes and colours of  your garden carefully, bearing in mind how the plants will grow over years to come. Sleeper beds are perfect for growing something new in the garden as you can use a different soil : fruits, herbs, vegetables as well as bedding plants. A  trellis or similar fencing will encourage plants to grow up, creating a naturally green screen wherever you want it in your garden.

4. Add texture
Varied and interesting surfaces are key to landscaping any garden.  Decking creates a naturally attractive zone to
relax on; our composite and wooden decking even have a grooved side to add extra interest. Add colour with our range of  sandstone paving which is textured and comes in a range of warms colours while porcelain gives a sophisticated edge to any area or path. Use  aggregates like gravel and decorative stones to create paths and fill in around flower beds.

5. ...and furniture
If you’re big on entertaining or sitting out in the garden in warmer weather, you should invest in high-quality garden furniture. Adding a  table and chairs is a good place to start but also think about features such as arbours to sit on and wooden arches and pergolas to add height and structural interest to your garden. Wooden structures like these can be positioned over your decking area and used to hang decorative plants and lanterns.

Help & advice
If you need more information about fencing and landscaping, please get in touch with your local branch. Our specialists will be happy to offer help and advice and can provide you with a free quote for supply of all relevant materials.

21st Nov 2019