20+ Garden Design Tips

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    As the summer months begin to show on the horizon it is time to tackle our gardens. An outdoor space should be as stylish and relaxing as any interior, and whatever the size and shape of a garden there are plenty of ways to maximise its potential. This summer make the most of your garden with our selection of top tips from the industry’s best experts, we share the best advice to ensure you enjoy your space in style this season…

    Kevin Cooper, Garden Designer
    “Mystery and intrigue create a magical garden, highlight one feature at a time, and develop a step by step journey through the garden” Tweet This Tip

    Helen Wilson, Garden Designer 
    “Box balls or large terracotta urns can look stunning amongst a froth of spring bulbs and summer blooms and give important focal points during winter” Tweet This Tip

    Lee Bestall, Creative Director of Inspired Garden Design 
    “Don’t skip barrow loads of unwanted soil when creating level terraced areas. Used properly, the ‘cut and fill method’ will ensure your waste can remain on site” Tweet This Tip

    Laara Copley-Smith, Garden Designer 
    “Whatever ‘style’ your garden vision is an essence of simplicity instilled within the design will enable you to create a cohesive and integrated garden space” Tweet This Tip

    Caro Sanders, Principal Designer at Caro Garden Design 
    “Plant a tree. For instant impact, structure, a haven for wildlife, a glorious succession of flowers, fruit and wonderful foliage.  There really is a tree for every space, even the tiniest” Tweet This Tip

    Sarah Oxby, Garden Designer 
    “Use plants with purple, blue and white flowers to create a calming garden space, perfect for chilled out summer evenings” Tweet This Tip

    Dilip Lakhani, Garden Designer 
    “Think structure. Using a mix of 60% evergreen plants and 40% seasonal herbaceous plants will give your garden backbone all through the year, including in the depths of winter” Tweet This Tip

    Helen Wilson, Garden Designer
    “Set benches back into borders to create a sense of enclosure and surprise as you explore the garden; remember to consider the scene opposite” Tweet This Tip

    Kevin Cooper, Garden Designer 
    “The garden should be the natural extension to the home, furnish and decorate it with the same detail and attention as you would the interior” Tweet This Tip

    Sam & Cathy, Really Nice Gardens
    “Work to the strengths of the space, evaluate what it is that gives it potential, amplify those aspects – the answer is always there somewhere!” Tweet This Tip

    Peter, Garden Designer 
    “Look for height, structure & colour think outside the box” Tweet This Tip

    Kyle Gallagher, Landscape Architect
    “Create all year colour in your garden with the introduction of brightly coloured planters or feature walls” Tweet This Tip

    Caro Sanders, Principal Designer at Caro Garden Design 
    “A garden is not just for summer.  The best gardens look good all year round, don’t be seduced by what happens to be in flower at the garden centre!” Tweet This Tip

    Kevin Cooper, Garden Designer
    “Three dimensional structure is key to a garden, Specimen plants, Pergolas, Sculpture anything to create a space one has to walk ‘Around, Through, Under’” Tweet This Tip

    Sam Westcott, Garden Designer 
    “When planting, try to plant that single variety of plant in groups of 3, 5 or 7. Then put an occasional one of the same type in the border. It looks rhythmic and natural” Tweet This Tip

    Linsey Evans, Garden Designer 
    “Circular shapes in the centre of a small garden will make the space seem larger.  Create a circular lawn or seating area” Tweet This Tip

    Helen Wilson, Garden Designer 
    “Don’t forget the vertical space in a small garden! If your borders are narrow use climbers or look for light canopy trees like birch and under-plant” Tweet This Tip

    Caro Sanders, Principal Designer at Caro Garden Design 
    “Unless you’re especially gifted at arranging clutter in a stylish way – chuck it out. Simplicity is key.  At the very least, it’s a great starting point” Tweet This Tip

    Amir Schlezinger, Garden Designs
    “As the summer approaches roof terrace owners make sure the irrigation system is functioning properly and increase the watering!” Tweet This Tip

    Kevin Cooper, Garden Designer 
    “Incentive and Reason are key to successful garden design, visual stimulation to entice and then create intimate spaces in which to cook, dine or entertain” Tweet This Tip

    Oliver Borrow, Garden Designer 
    “Paint or stain boundaries in dark, flat grey or green to make the garden appear larger. Bright coloured flowers in front of them look stunning” Tweet This Tip

    What are you top garden design tips? Join in the conversation on Twitter by using #GardenTips!

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