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Design ideas for big gardens: giving character to a large space

Gardens have long been a sign of wealth and style. You only need to go to an old stately home to see just how important gardens were to the nobility in days gone by. They would spend millions on their gardens and their design in order to impress their friends and other visiting nobles.

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Whilst we don’t need to impress any visiting nobility nowadays, it’s nice to take pride in our gardens if we have neighbours or family round – or simply for us. Luckily, you can now have a gorgeous garden for a fraction of the price of our ancestors!

If you’re also lucky enough to have a large garden, then you’ll want to know how best to design it in order to make the most of that space. Fortunately, the UK has a long history of horticultural design which you can draw from in order to create your perfect sanctuary. Even if you live in a busy area, it’s possible to create a quiet place to relax. The gardens in Buckingham Palace, for instance, have been designed to create a sense of distance between the gardens and the busy London streets outside.

So, where to start when designing a large garden?

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is a great place to start when it comes to all things botanical. They actually have some style guides on their website which can be really helpful. The best place to start is to decide what sort of garden you’d like and then you can tailor your design around that theme or any specific needs. The size has already been decided for you: big! But there’s plenty of styles of garden which suit large spaces.

Some garden style inspiration

Some great garden styles include:

  • wildlife-friendly gardens
  • Mediterranean gardens
  • contemporary gardens
  • formal gardens
  • cottage gardens
  • gardens revolving around water features
  • and more

Once you’ve decided on a style, then you can delve deeper into the specifics of it. In this post we’ll focus on three particular popular styles our garden designers see a lot: wildlife-friendly gardens, contemporary gardens, and formal gardens.

Wildlife-friendly gardens

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Wildlife-friendly gardens, for instance, will feature plants and structures that attract native wildlife. We have been told countless times how well manicured gardens can actually be unattractive for wildlife, and even if you don’t make your whole garden attractive to wildlife, it’s important to try and leave an area which is less well-kept so that wildlife has a place to thrive.

If you want to go a step further and make your garden actively attractive to wildlife, you can add things such as log piles, hedgehog boxes and bee hotels.

Contemporary garden ideas

Contemporary gardens tend to be more minimalist than their wildlife-friendly counterparts. They use clean lines and a geometric layout to create a modern feel. They aim to create a relaxing atmosphere that is away from our modern hectic lifestyles. You can create this with linear landscaping, with boxy garden bed outlines, use of angular stone steps and crisp clean tiling such as utilising polished concrete.

In addition to angles, you can utilise curves to contrast with your angles and clean cuts, allowing a splash of colour from flowers, or calming green to burst through the cool, minimalist borders.

Formal gardens

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Finally: formal gardens. These gardens harken back to those days previously mentioned, where gardens were solely there to impress. These gardens have a very clear plan and put a lot of emphasis on symmetry. There is often a central feature from which the rest of the garden radiates, such as a water feature like a fountain or pond, or archways or a statue. This sort of design suits large gardens perfectly as you have the space to let your imagination run wild.

We hope you found some of these landscaping ideas helpful for when it comes to designing a layout and style for your large garden, and help you give it some character. All of these design ideas are flexible and they can be blurred together to create a garden which really defines you!

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