When it comes to gardens, there are those which stand out from the crowd, and then there’s the rest. Some of the best designed gardens are usually the most innovative. They come in all shapes and sizes, but the best ones make the most of their space and use different plants and features well. With that in mind, here are five of the most innovative garden design features around:
- First on the list is the addition of wooden decking. In the past decade or so, the best gardens have had decking adorn their patio or porch. This provides a stable and stylish surface which you can place garden furniture on, while modern decking is mostly weather-proof, which means that it won’t get damaged in rain, snow or in heat-wave conditions.
- Another way to make your garden look innovative and contemporary is the use of graphite garden furniture. In the past, most garden furniture was made from plastic, wicker or wood, and on the odd occasion, steel. Today, different materials are being used for tables, chairs, stools and garden sofas, and one of those is graphite. Graphite is a light yet strong material, and its dark grey tones work well when combined with glass.
- Garden ponds used to come in round, almost circular shapes. Today, many ponds are either square, rectangular or in some cases, triangular. As some leeds gardeners will probably tell you, as long as the ponds have sufficient room for the fish et al to swim in, the shape is irrelevant.
- Water features often make a garden stand out. In the past, it meant a stone statue or small fountain, but now they include lit-up fountains akin to those you might find in a town square. Having a water feature in your garden will really get any visitors talking.
- Finally, garden sofas are a relatively new phenomenon in garden design. Unlike more traditional wooden benches, many of these outdoor sofas come fully upholstered and can cope with adverse weather. Also, they come in a range of colours and are made with material such as rattan and teak. Meanwhile, cushions are often made with either leather or suede, which can last for a long time. In many modern gardens, they’re often placed in one of the corners to provide somewhere quiet and secluded to sit down.
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