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A question of style - creating small gardens that you love to love!

If we took 100 plots precisely the same size and dimension, each one would look and feel completely different! This is one of the most exciting parts about our job, and it all comes down to your personal style.

Considering your style before renovating your garden is an essential step that will significantly influence your project's success and your personal satisfaction. Here's why we think it's important to consider your garden style before making any changes:

Cohesive Design: A garden renovation is an opportunity to create a harmonious and visually pleasing outdoor space. By selecting a specific garden style, you can ensure that all elements – from plants and hardscapes to furniture and decorations – work together cohesively. This prevents a disjointed appearance where various design elements clash or compete for attention.

Reflecting Your Personality: Your garden is an extension of your home and a reflection of your personality. Choosing a garden style that resonates with you allows you to infuse your outdoor space with your tastes and preferences. It's a chance to create a space that truly feels like an expression of who you are.

Emotional Wellbeing: A well-designed garden evokes emotions and creates connection. Creating a space that reflects your personality makes you more likely to feel emotionally attached, making it a place you want to spend time and care for regularly.

Long-Term Satisfaction: A garden renovation is an investment of time and resources. By carefully considering your garden style upfront, you're more likely to create a design that stands the test of time and brings you satisfaction for years to come. Rushing into changes without a clear vision can lead to regret or the need for additional renovations down the line.

Identifying your style and creating mood boards.

When working with clients, we use a style identifier tool we developed to help visually select and communicate their style to us. We ask many questions and use images to help clients identify the types of gardens, plants and features they like.

Once we have narrowed their selections, we create visual mood boards that we present back to our clients to ensure we have captured their style and desires correctly. These are used as a design tool for selecting plants and materials throughout the project.

In the images below, you will find an example mood board, followed by the corresponding 3D design, and images of the final installation to illustrate how the mood boards carry through.

Below: Mood boards.

Below: 3D Image of the corresponding design.

Below: Images of the final installation.

DIY Mood Boards

However, if you are approaching a DIY design, you can easily create your own style mood boards using an online platform like Pinterest.

As you’re trawling through the internet for inspiration, save pictures of gardens, plants and elements you love, and then print them out on a few pages. You can use this when selecting elements for your garden or buying plants at the garden centre.

A note on plants: Not all plants will be suited to the particular weather and aspect where they will be planted. Seek advice from a professional to ensure you get the right plants for the conditions. You might have to make some sacrifices here!

Happy creating!

Our designers specialise in small urban gardens, terraced housing, balconies, and decks. If you are considering transforming your outdoor space, don't hesitate to get in touch for a free, no-obligation consultation.

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