Designing your dream garden- no matter the size- requires careful thought and planning.
Zoning your garden is a great way to truly make the most of what you have, and it is an ideal way to allow everyone in the family to get what they need out of the space available.
Just like in the home, we use the garden for various activities – so effective garden zoning can go a long way to ensuring your outdoor space achieves its full potential. To help you out, we have created this simple how-to guide to give you some inspiration for how you may want your garden to look.
Before you begin, remember to be safe and smart
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Think and plan
Before starting, sketch out a blueprint of your garden and assess how much space you have and what you want to change. You will need to have an understanding of any problems that need to be solved and all the goals you want to achieve with your garden project. Talk to your family about their needs as well.
To keep everything organised, you may want to create a ‘tidying away’ zone. Rather than having outdoor toys, tools and bikes cluttering up your space, you could invest in a garden shed or log cabin.
If you need some inspiration on how to organise your shed, check out our ‘The best storage solutions for your shed’ blog. However, if you don’t want to invest in something quite as big you could also opt for some smaller garden storage options.
Create a relaxing reading nook or chill out zone with a garden swing seat and a stylish garden parasol. This combination will provide the perfect shady, secluded area for you to hide away in. You could also add some soft outdoor furnishings and decorations to make it the perfect place to relax – and for extra privacy, you could plant some tall trees or hedging.
As we move into the warmer months, you want to ensure you have a stylish space for outside dining.
To section off your eating area from the rest of the garden, you could use garden screening or place your garden table and chairs onto some decking. Adding in different levels will help to clearly define your dining zone from other areas of your garden.
Alternatively, tall hedge rows will add texture to your garden and help to absorb noise so that you can enjoy eating outside in peace. Be sure to also make the right outdoor lighting choices to create the perfect ambience.
Kids playing zone
If you have younger children or little family members that like to visit, you may want to think about creating a garden play zone to encourage them to get outside.
Playground flooring mats are great- not only will they create a clear zone but they are also an ideal way to increase safety and protect your children when they’re playing.
If you don’t have a lot of space, a ball hoop is a great small edition for playtime activities. With more room, climbing frames , sandpits and play tables are all lovely additions to provide heaps of fun for your children in the garden.
Calming water zone
Installing a pond is a great way to bring wildlife into your garden, Just make sure to add pond netting to protect your pond-loving creatures from birds.
Or if you want something smaller, a water feature makes for a wonderful centrepiece and the soothing sounds of trickling water creates a serene atmosphere. You could choose anything from an ornamental fountain to a cascading pot arrangement or natural stone feature.