5 ways to design your garden.

We “Knobble’ it.

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Here we give you five ways to design your garden. But don’t be a knob about it. Yes you read it right, in this post we going to use the humble doorknob to show you different design styles and layouts you can adopt for your garden.

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Doorknobs doorways are fundamental part of our lives. They are also so ordinary we don’t notice them. But, if you stop for a moment and start document how many different types of knobs, knockers and doorways there are. I think you will be surprised. If you walk around London, or any major city, you will find doors, doughnuts and doorknocker is that Charlotte architectural history. From humble domestic entrances, to grander more salubrious buildings. They present a history of design. They are awesome wonderfully sentimental. Consider how many people might have twisted that handle, or pushed that finger plate. Who has hidden in this doorway? Which famous people have crossed its threshold.

Here we will look at five different styles and show you how you can create simple garden layout from the most ordinary of items.

Go for the spiral

Spirals are great shapes. Golden section of the Fibonacci sequence is the go-to place for a lot of designers. Fibonacci sequence is a series of numbers next number is found by adding up the two numbers before it. You find it called the Golden section and it is repeated in nature all the time. It is a great basis for a garden design. The spiral design allows for fabulous rhythm and a great energy within the space. You can create pockets planting, and areas with this approach. But be careful, cutting hard landscaping materials to fit a spiral shape will be costly and labour-intensive. Best to use either an aggregate, lawn or poured material such as a resin bonded surface

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Spirals are a great way to design your garden layout


If you have a boxy garden, nothing knocks the edges of like circles. Lay them out in a straight line, or offset them in a zigzag start across the space. Circles suit most garden plots, they will make a wide plot seem deeper, and a thin plot seen wider. You can get paved circles, and use the arc of a garden lawn, To create a pathway to a second area. They are great for suffering a space, and you can let planting spill into the corners of the plot, hiding the boundaries and making garden beds that are interesting and showcase the plants to the best effect.

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Circles are perfect if you have a square plot you want to soften

On the slant

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again one of the top ways to design your garden is to twist everything on a 45° angle. It plays to the golden strength It is sleek and elegant, and uses the longest line in the garden, i.e. the diagonal to maximise the space. Make a bold lines in squares and rectangles, and follow these lines to create pathways through the space. Mix up patios with lawns, and add the old central bed for Extra entry or to hide ugly area. Perfect for small and large gardens. This is always a winner.

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Twisting everything on a 45° angle is a great way of making the spacing bigger

Keep it formal

If you want to play it safe, go for formal parallels based squares. It’s a timeless classic that won’t date. Create central areas of lawn, patio or planting beds. Pathways or lawn edging can run down either side of the garden, with planting beds to the left and right. Great for square rectangle shaped plots. Not so good for angular and awkward shaped plots. Perfect for small or big gardens. Using this layout will create balance and will be the most cost-effective. It isn’t very forgiving though if you want to make your garden plot feel like different shape.

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Using the squares within the squares, next to squares, is the most efficient use of space

Carve it up

Bold sweeping curves across the space can create the most wonderful energy. Use oval shapes to make lawns, and sweeping arcs for pathways. This is a great motif for most gardens. Awkward shaped plots work beautifully with curves. Square and rectangle shaped spaces that you want to knock the edges off, will also be very successful with sweeping curves. This is one of many great ways to design your garden. There are no restrictions here. The curves can be big or small. Probably best to use on a larger plot than a small one. The only problem might be your hard landscaping versus your budget.

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Use bold sweeping curves to divide up your space

If you live in London or the south-east and are looking for some garden ideas Or more ways to design your garden, please do feel free to contact us regarding a garden design consultation. To see more exciting notes, knockers and doorways please visit the Pinterest album or check out our Facebook page.