A verdant entertainer’s garden design

Dense luscious planting creates a sense of depth for this courtyard as well as a feeling of natural seclusion and peacefulness.

Planting style plays a huge role in any landscape design. This courtyard by Anthea Dunlop  Landscape Design is a perfect example of how lush planting, rich in quantity as well as colour and texture variation can really create a feeling within a garden space.

your outdoor garden design starts here

Looking for garden design ideas, or maybe you just want some inspiration for your outdoor space in general? Regardless of the scale of the project the very best place to start your design process is by looking through images and identifying what you like and what you don’t.

When you’re searching for inspiration it’s worth considering how you want to use your outdoor space and identify designs that suit your practical needs. Are you after a relaxing garden space or will you be regularly entertaining and hosting parties outdoors? Do you have a young growing family that needs space to play or do you want somewhere secluded where you can curl up with a good book? Do you have a green thumb and love to spend time in the garden or are you after something low maintenance? Thinking about these larger concepts at the beginning of your planning helps to ensure you end up with a functional landscape garden design that complements your lifestyle.

Once you’ve worked out the overall requirements of the space and the design styles that you like, it’s time to consider the practicalities. A beautiful and functional outdoor space will be used all year round so selecting materials that are practical for the space is an important part of the process. Natural stone is a core feature of outdoor landscape design and the huge range of product options means all aesthetics and practicalities are covered. Tumbled travertine and limestone pavers present beautiful light tones perfect for beach side properties and airy courtyards, a dense bluestone or granite paver is ideal for all outdoor kitchen and entertaining needs while our range of cobblestones and filetti paving is perfect for fluid designs that work with soft curved shapes.

And don’t forget the walling; low retaining walls are excellent for breaking up a space and giving a garden depth while higher natural stone walls provide privacy if needed. Fire pit areas, bench seating and feature walls can all be seamlessly incorporated into garden designs as well, and add another layer of texture and interest to your outdoor space. Finish off the look with planting that complements both your design aesthetic and your lifestyle along with some outdoor patio furniture and your garden design is complete.

The best way to articulate what you’re looking for is to gather a whole stack of garden ideas and images before you talk to your landscape architect. Show them what appeals to you (and what doesn’t) and don’t worry if there’s a few different styles in the mix. Your landscape architect will use these garden ideas as a way to navigate through their design process. And the same is true for outdoor paving ideas. When you come into one of our design showrooms to select your outdoor paving tiles, share with us the proposed designs for your space so that we can help you pick out the outdoor stone materials that are best suited to your design, both aesthetically and practically.

If you’re looking for a design that will complement the home, be sympathetic to wear and age beautifully natural stone is the best material option. If you’ve had a good look through our site and you’re still not sure which outdoor paving, tile and stone walling ideas are best for your place, come and talk to us. We’re the stone experts ad we’d love to hear from you.