Garden Figments

Garden Features

When designing your garden you need to consider what features you would like to include. There are numerous options to choose from. Select a feature based on design considerations, aesthetic effect and functionality. Below are some ideas to inspire you:

Lawn

  • A play area for children 
  • Sitting area for adults
  • A pathway
  • To fill space economically
  • Create open spaces in the garden for aesthetic effect
  • Place to relax
  • Place to sunbathe
  • To play games
  • To exercise
  • For pets to run on

Patio

  • Sitting area for adults
  • Dining area
  • BBQ area - permanent or temporary
  • Place to relax
  • Place to sunbathe
  • To store wood for wood burner
  • A play area for children
  • Decking
  • Sitting area for adults
  • A pathway 
  • Dining area
  • BBQ area - permanent or temporary
  • A play area for children
  • Place to relax
  • Place to sunbathe
  • Raised seating area
  • To accompany pond

Gravel area

  • Driveway
  • Sitting area for adults
  • A pathway
  • Dining area
  • BBQ area - permanent or temporary
  • Place to relax
  • Place to sunbathe
  • To fill space economically
  • Decorative
  • Area for planting in pots
  • To store wood for wood burner

Driveway

  • To access garage
  • To park car or cars
  •  For storage
  • To access septic tank
  • To store caravan
  • To store trailer
  •  To store boat
  • Wheelchair / pushchair access

Path

  • To prevent wear and tear on grass
  • To provide a journey
  • To view focal points
  • To access areas for gathering and relaxation
  • To access borders for maintenance
  • To access shed, bins etc
  • To use washing line
  • To access gate
  • To access front door
  • To access greenhouse
  • To access fuel store e.g. wood for wood burner
  • Through arch or pergola
  • Wheelbarrow access
  • Wheelchair / pushchair access
  • Bicycle track
  • Skateboard or roller skate track

Path edging

  • Decorative
  • To enclose path
  • To edge borders

Steps

  • Move from one level to another
  • To access door or gate
  • To access garden structure
  • As water feature
  • Decorative

Ramp

  • Move from one level to another
  • To access door or gate
  • To access garden structure
  • Decorative
  • Wheelchair / pushchair access

Fencing

  • To screen neighbours garden
  • To define boundary
  • For security
  • For climbing plants
  • Backdrop for planting
  • Decorative
  • For shade
  • To protect against the wind
  • To reduce noise
  • To cover unsightly objects - inside & out
  • To stop pets leaving garden
  • To stop children leaving garden
  • For privacy

Trellis

  • To screen neighbours garden
  • For climbing plants
  • Backdrop for planting
  • Decorative
  • To cover unsightly objects - inside & out
  • For privacy
  • To divide garden into smaller areas

Gate

  • For security
  • For privacy
  • To stop pets leaving garden
  • To stop children leaving garden
  • Decorative
  • To access garden from outside
  • To access pavement / road from inside
  • Decorative
  • Vehicle access
  • Access different part of garden
  • Access to neighbours garden

Wall

  • To screen neighbours garden
  • To define boundary
  • As a retaining wall
  • For security
  • Backdrop for planting
  • Decorative
  • For shade
  • To protect against the wind
  • To reduce noise
  • To cover unsightly objects - inside & out
  • To stop pets leaving garden
  • To stop children leaving garden
  • For privacy
  • To divide garden into smaller areas

Hedge

  • To screen neighbours garden
  • To define boundary
  • For security
  • Backdrop for planting
  • Decorative
  • For shade
  • To protect against the wind
  • To reduce noise
  • To cover unsightly objects - inside & out
  • To stop pets leaving garden
  • To stop children leaving garden
  • For privacy
  • To divide garden into smaller areas
  • Habitat for wildlife

Border

  • Growing plants & flowers
  • Growing fruit, vegetables & herbs
  • To give colour
  • To give fragrance
  • To give shade
  • Create mystery
  • Add shape
  • To screen neighbours garden
  • For security
  • Raised beds
  • Growing plants & flowers
  • Growing fruit, vegetables & herbs
  • Grow plants in area with no soil e.g. rooftop
  • Grow plants in different soil e.g. acid
  • To make beds easier to manage
  • To give colour
  • To give fragrance

Containers

  • Growing plants & flowers
  • Growing fruit, vegetables & herbs
  • Grow plants in area with no soil e.g. balcony
  • Grow plants where there is little space
  • Grow plants in different soil e.g. acid
  • To make plants portable
  • To keep size of plants under control
  • Add seasonal colour
  • To give fragrance

Orchard

  • To grow fruit
  • To provide shaded area
  • To provide area for walking
  • To supply kitchen
  • To encourage wildlife into garden
  • To fill large garden

Herb Garden

  • To grow herbs
  • To add colour
  • To add fragrance
  • To supply kitchen
  • To fill large garden

Vegetable garden

  • To grow vegetables
  • To add colour
  • To add fragrance
  • To supply kitchen
  • To fill large garden

Wild garden

  • To grow wild flowers
  • To create low maintenance area
  • To attract wildlife
  • To add colour
  • To add fragrance
  • To create place to walk
  • To fill space economically

Rockery

  • To grow alpine plants
  • Focal point
  • To add water feature
  • To bring stones into the garden

Pond

  • Encourage wildlife into garden
  • Focal point
  • To keep fish
  • To grow aquatic plants
  • Visually pleasing
  • Bring water into garden
  • To add sound of water

Water Feature

  • To add sound of water
  • Visually pleasing
  • Bring water into garden
  • Focal point

Bridge

  • To cross stream / pond
  • To access different part of the garden
  • To view stream or pond
  • Focal point
  • Decorative
  • To cross gravel stream

Utility area

  • To house shed
  • To house compost bins
  • To house rubbish bins
  • To house recycling bins
  • To store washing line

Play area

  • To have an enclosed safe area
  • For a swing
  • For a see-saw
  • For a climbing frame
  • For a sandpit
  • For a playhouse

Games

  • To play croquet
  • To play football
  • To play bowls
  • To play swing ball

BBQ

  • To cook meat
  • To cook vegetables
  • To entertain

Shed

  • Storage for gardening equipment
  • Storage for other items e.g. sports
  • Storage for recycling bins
  • Shelter for pets

Greenhouse

  • Growing non hardy plants
  • Growing vegetables
  • Growing fruit
  • Focal point
  • Decorative

Garden Room

  • Play Room
  • Office
  • Sun Room
  • Workshop

Arbour

  • Seat in shaded area
  • Seat in sunny area
  • For reading
  • Focal point

Gazebo

  • Shaded seating area
  • For entertaining
  • For reading
  • Focal point

Arch

  • Growing climbing plants
  • Covered walkway
  • Focal point

Pergola

  • Growing climbing plants
  • Covered walkway
  • Focal point
  • To create shaded sitting area

Garden Ornament

  • Decorative
  • Focal point

Water feature

  • To encourage wildlife into garden
  • Collector

Garden Furniture

  • Seat in shaded area
  • Seat in sunny area
  • For reading
  • To enjoy garden
  • A place to eat
  • For entertaining

Lighting

  • For safety
  • For security
  • To light focal points
  • To create light & shadows
  • To add colour
  • To create ambience