Garden design ideas for outside your room

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We don’t just install your garden room, if you want us to, we will help you with the all-important finishing touches too! That includes helping you decide on the best garden design ideas for outside of your room. We can landscape the area, build a water a feature and create beautiful flowerbeds bursting with colour too!


Formal garden

Formal garden design ideas

Like our contemporary garden rooms, a formal garden design is all about symmetry, straight lines, clean edges and geometric shapes. Get that balance right and your garden will really look the part. The best way to make a start is by ensuring you have clear borders and boundaries between the different sections of your garden.

How to achieve this garden design

  • Bay tree – If neatly clipped into shapes, they can line doorways, pathways or patios to create a formal entrance.
  • Standard Roses – Providing a dramatic burst of colour, they are a great way to create a focal point, frame a doorway or brighten up an exterior wall.
  • Olive Trees – Add a Mediterranean feel to your garden and as the climate warms, they may even produce fruit.
  • Phormiums – A clump of sword shaped leaves, which bring a bold, rich statement to a formal garden.
  • Palms – Give your garden room a tropical feel with a traditional palm. Some hardy varieties will survive the winter too.
  • Tree Ferns – More suitable for a large garden, once their leaves have spread they create an exotic statement and require very little maintenance.
  • Fennel – Not only is this herb bold and architectural, but you can use it for cooking as well.
  • Alliums – A lot of formal plants are very green, but alliums offer the burst of deep purple colour.
  • Acers – While these striking coloured trees flourish in the autumn, they’ll also create a delicate year round colour in the garden.

Cottage style

cottage garden design ideas

You don’t have to actually own a cottage to create a cottage-style garden. Traditionally they are full of colour, slightly out of control in a good way and definitely attract the wildlife. This is a great way of seamlessly blending a contemporary structure into your garden so that, although very beautiful, it becomes more of a hidden gem.

How to achieve this garden design

  • Foxgloves – Bright, bold and beautiful they’ll look stunning growing against a wooden structure and they’ll attract bees.
  • Delphiniums – Whichever variety you choose they’ll grow tall and add a burst of colour to your cottage garden.
  • Lupins – Available in every colour possible, very tall and bold they are cottage garden must.
  • Peonies – Diverse in shape and often found in whites, pinks and reds, they will add a little romance and invaluable colour to a flowerbed.
  • Phlox – Pretty shades of pinks, purples and whites and ranging in height, phlox brings a romantic charm to a cottage garden complimenting other varieties.
  • Campanula – The most common type of campanula is the bluebell with its cheery bell shaped heads and vibrant colour.
  • Hardy geraniums – Offering a diverse range of colour and forms, they are a long-lasting cottage garden fail safe.
  • Croscosmia – The sword-shaped leaves and branched spikes of deep orange and red flowers certainly steal the show.
  • Penstemon – These easy to grow penstemons flower in the late summer and are a reliable cottage garden addition.

Alpine/Culinary Herb GardenAlpine/Culinary Herb garden design ideas

If you’re a keen chef, why not turn the area around your garden room into a herb garden? Grow amongst rock beds and a few non-herbs and you’ll have the perfect mix, creating a stylish garden design which serves a useful purpose as well.

How to achieve this garden design

  • Rosemary – With a scent of the Mediterranean rosemary can be used all year round and is great for flavouring meats. You can also infuse chopped leaves in boiling water to help digestion.
  • Chives – Although primarily grown for the mild tasting leaves, the round pretty pink heads are also edible and make an attractive garnish.
  • Thyme – The fragrant greenery will fill the air around your garden room and the flowers will attract wildlife. The edible leaves are great for flavouring stuffing, meat, fish, soups and many other dishes.
  • Saxifrage – This non-herb brings a patchwork of colour among the varieties dotted throughout your bed.
  • Thrift – Linear leaves, long stalks, a dense cluster and small cup-shaped flowers blend well amongst rocks.
  • Sedums – Growing mostly in short clumps and available in a range of varieties these colourful perennials combine beautifully with the green of the herbs.
  • Aubretia – A range of pink and purples with some varieties offering a contrast with green leaves with white margins.
  • Pasqueflower – A magnificent wild flower, which typically blooms around Easter to reveal deep purple petals and a centre of golden stamens.
  • Anemone – Eye catching and quick to bloom, these abundant saucer shaped flowers will be star of the show.
  • Rock Rose – This evergreen shrub is simple in colour but dotted among other species, its small white flower and dark leaves look beautiful.

Seasonal Bedding

Seasonal bedding garden design ideas

As your garden starts to come to life, a seasonal bed will bring an instant splash of colour for the summer months. Choose the right varieties and much of this will last right up until the cooler weather sets in.

How to achieve this garden design

  • Geraniums – These colourful blooms need a lot of sunlight so choose their location carefully.
  • Primroses – These pretty rosette shaped flowers are delicate but eye catching.
  • Pansies –  Often seen in bright colours, these hardy blooms can be planted in pots or straight into a flowerbed.
  • Petunias – Usually growing to 1 or 2 ft. high these, petunias come in a range of vibrant colours from blue to pink and scarlet to yellow.
  • Bacopa – A tumbling show of snow-white flowers, which make a great filler for hanging baskets or containers and becomes an eye catching feature.
  • Nepeta – Forming as a fragrant clump, Nepetas offer lavender blue flowers, which spike in the summer.
  • Lobelia – Although they bloom in the summer, Lobelias actually prefer the cooler weather and will keep going until the first frost sets in.
  • Verbena – Long lasting colour outside your garden is guaranteed and will perform at its very best through the hottest days of summer.

Have we helped you choose a garden design for around the outside of your new room? If you’d like more information, feel free to get in touch. The full service also means that we can also help you with the interior design of your project.

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