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Time to get started with your new garden design, Exeter.  Here’s our guide to re-designing your garden, Exeter.

 

 

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Creating a strong design should always be your starting point. A good design will transform any garden design in Exeter.   

 

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Over the years we have re-designed gardens of all shapes and sizes.  Contemporary, traditional, and tropical garden designs in Exeter. 

Here’s our guide to re-designing your garden creating a great garden design through exeter.  Including key garden design themes, plants, and planting combinations.   Our current favourite plants and garden accessories: seating, BBQ’s, wood stores and pizza ovens.  Creating a great garden design exeter.

 

Re-design ⋅ Update Key Areas ⋅ Garden Design 

 

You may want to completely redesign your garden design.  Or update key garden design areas. Sometimes you don’t have the budget to redesign the whole garden design from scratch.  This is especially true of large mature gardens.  This is where a maker over or updating key areas comes into play.  Concentrate on key region of your garden design.  Rather than the garden as a whole. 

 

BUDGET · SIZE OF GARDEN · LEVELS· DRAINAGE

You need to think carefully about your budject.  It is always more cost-effective to tackle the whole garden in one hit.  Then attempting the garden design stage, by stage.   For a large garden, this may be unfeasible.  In terms of time and money.  And you may need to prioritise your key design elements. 

 

Levels · Garden Design

Levels or a lack of them.  Is always expensive.  In terms of getting rid of materials.  Bringing materials.  Or redistributing materials.   Decking can be used to bridge minor unlevel areas.  Drainage or waterlogging can be an issue in some garden designs, Exter.  And is expensive to fix successfully.

 

 

SEATING AREAS · FOCAL POINTS · SCREENING AREAS


Most garden designs will need a seating area.  For relaxation and outdoor dining.  Adding areas for entertaining is always an important aspect of any garden design in Exeter. 

 

It’s good to have at least one focal point in your garden design.  Exeter.   Decide on its location.  A view from your house.  Or from your garden seating area. 

 

 

Focal points · Water Features · Slatted Fence · Specimen Planting

 

 

MASK AREAS · SCREENING

Many areas have aspects that ruin your garden design, Exeter.  The old concrete garage, storage sheds or outbuilding.  They are practical and probably expensive to replace or even remove.   Masking or screening could be your solution.

 

 

SCREENING  · HEDGES · CLIMBERS · SLATTED FENCE · CLADDING

 

 

Hedges · Screening · Photina · Laurel · Yew

A hedge is a green way to obscure unsightly features in your garden design, Exeter.   Hedging options include modern photinia, fast-growing and easy to care for.  Laurel hedging.  Grows rapidly creating a thick dense hedge.  Can be labour intensive to prune.  Yew is the king of hedges.  Evergreen and lush.  Prune carefully and lightly.  Otherwise, you will create bare spots in your hedge.

 

 

Whips · Pot Grown Plants · Bare Root Hedging

Buying options include pot grown, whips and bare root.  Whips are the cheapest available in the autumn-winter months.  Where the plants are dormant.  Some will die but they are so cheap it doesn’t really matter.  Pot grown is the most expensive and can be planted throughout the year.  Bare roots are kind of in between the two in price and maturity.  The roots are bare – that is not in a pot.  The roots do have a mesh around them.  That you leave in place.  Which retains some soil.

 

 

Planting · Watering · Feed · Hedging · Garden Design Exeter

Plant in a trench and backfill.  Available autumn and winter.  When the plants are dormant.  As with any plants water after planting.   Keeping the plants will water during the summer can be problematic.  Especially during long dry hot spells.  Where your hedging can be scorched.  Some plants do benefit from a sprinkling or bone meal or hedge in feed.

 

 

Climbers · White Jasmine · Clematis · Garden Design Exeter

Climbers work well on fences, old sheds or out builds.  Simple wire up your area and add your climber.  White jasmine or Trachelospermum is great.  Evergreen with a lush scent.  White clematis is classic.  Avoid ivy.  It’s pretty invasive and becomes heavier.    It will bring down your victorian garden wall.

 

 

Slatted Fencing · Garden Design Exeter

A contemporary slatted fence works well in both a traditional and contemporary garden design. A slatted fence can be used to clad sheds or outbuildings.  They can be left natural, stained or painted.  Timber options include planned softwood.  Or planned hardwood.  Such as cedar or meranti.

 

Cladding · Garden Design Exeter

Cladding works well on old outbuildings or garages.  A variety of profiles are available.  Including traditional Shiplap, Hardie Plank And TGV. Check out the Southern  Timbers range. Cladding is tanalised.  So can be left natural or painted.  All Coat is great.  No primer or under coat.  Great coverage and one coat.  Available in a great range of colours and finishes.   Satin or matt always looks best in your garage design, Exeter.

 

 

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Selecting natural materials will always help your garden design, Exeter.  The materials will depend on your budget, tastes and your overall garden design, Exeter.  Quality natural materials will always look better and last longer.  As they say.  You get what you pay for.  Saying that imported natural stone is good value.  Even compared to the man-made concrete products.

 

Natural Stone · Garden Design Exeter

Natural stone will always enhance your garden design, Exeter.  Natural stone ages well over time. 

 

 

Natural stone · Slate · Sandstone · Granite · Limestone

 

 

Timber · Garden Design Exeter

Quality timber looks great in any garden design in Exeter. Timber garden design ideas include Decking, contemporary slatted fencing, trellis, cladding and pergolas.  All exterior timber is tanalised.  Giving the wood protection from rot and insect attack.   Timber is available in rough sawn or planned finishes. 

 

 

Boulders · Quality Timber And Natural Aggregates ⋅ Boulders  · Pebbles

Boulder, pebbles and shingle will all enhance your garden design.  Combining complementary materials will always strengthen your garden design, Exeter.  

 

Boulders will look great in a Zen or tropical garden design.   Shinlge looks great.  Don’t overdo it.   Its not a car park.  Its not a great surface for tables and chairs.  And forget bare feat.  It looks got on a small scale.  Around boulders.  

 

 

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Finally, soften your hard landscaping with bold planting combinations.  Always plant in groups, for maximum impact. And combine interesting foliage with strong vibrant colours.  Creating a strong garden design Exeter.  A personal favourite for foliage phormiums, pittosporum, tom thumb, box ball and bamboo.  Colour alliums, agapanthus and crocosmia.  For all year interest stip grasses, Miscanthus grass and tree ferns.

 

 

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WHAT IS A GARDEN DESIGN THEME · EXETER

A theme is a style of garden design you are trying to create, Exeter.   It allows you to consistently pick materials, plants and design elements.  Creating cohesion and consistency in your garden design.

 

Common themes include contemporary, traditional, tropical and zen garden design, Exeter. 

 

Choosing Your Garden Design Theme · Exeters

It’s time to choose your garden design theme, Exeter.  Make sure you are comfortable with the style and it fits in with your lifestyle and property look and feels.  Remember most people want a low maintenance garden!  Which looks good all year round!

 

Traditional Garden Design · Exeter

You may want a traditional garden design, Exeter.  Add a traditional sandstone patio for outdoor dining.  Or an oak sleeper retaining wall to your garden design Exeter.  Why not add raised beds for extra planting. Classic planting box hedging ⋅ alliums and bay trees.

 

Contemporary Garden Design

How about a modern contemporary garden design.  Contemporary garden designs, work well with both traditional and modern properties throughout Exeter.  Hardwood decking looks great, especially with recessed lighting.  Rendered walls are a firm favourite.  For privacy add a contemporary slatted fence to your garden design Exeter.  Combine with strong planting.  Bamboo, crocosmia and grasses.  Add some colour kniphofia, rudbeckia and verbena. 

 

Zen  · Tropical Garden Design

Other garden design options include tropical or zen garden designs.  These garden designs tend to use softer more natural materials. Timber and darker natural stones. They definitely have the lived-in look.  And look great with reclaimed or aged materials.  They have a rambling feel.  Add zinc pots.   Water features and corten steel sculptures.

 

Large boulders, pebbles will look great in your garden design in Exeter.  Natural water features sound and movement.  And sculptures soften with foliage.   Will add interest to any great garden design.  Planting should be informal and natural.  With the emphasis on foliage and texture. 

 

Key plants ⋅ bamboo ⋅ phormiums ⋅ agapanthus ⋅ irises.  Add some colour  Canna Lillies,   Echinacea and guara.

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LOOK AT YOUR GARDEN DESIGN CREATE A WISH LIST

It’s a good starting point, to create a wish list, for your garden design in Exeter.  Be realistic, in terms of your gardens space when creating your garden design in Exeter.  And bear in mind your garden design budget.  Remember at the end of your garden design project.  To leave some money for your plants.  Be practical.  You can’t get rid of everything when creating your new garden design Exeter.  You may need a compost bin, storage for bikes and an area for drying clothes. You can hide and mask areas and improve others!  Try to prioritise your garden design in Exeter.

 

 

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It’s always tempting to want a completely blank canvas when creating your new garden design.  Great if you have a large budget and a lot of time when designing your garden.  Some things are expensive to fix in any garden. A sloping garden.  Removing large trees.  Replacing existing patios.

You may be lucky enough to have some mature plants ⋅ trees and shrubs.  They may just need a shape or prune.  Maybe you have a natural stone patio, that needs a good clean or repointing.  Saving money in your garden design Exeter.

 

 

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Sometimes you need to bite the bullet and remove and replace it when designing your garden.  Tired leggy plants. Mossy, thin lawns.  Rotten timber ⋅ decks ⋅ fences or sheds. Old concrete pavers. Won’t enhance any garden design Exeter

 

Large beds can be hard to maintain.  Go low maintenance ⋅ smaller beds ⋅ add bark and select drought torrent plants.  Evergreen shrubs for all year interest.  Plant bulbs and perennials for a splash of colour.

 

 

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Seating Areas ⋅ Garden Design

You probably want a flat seating area for entertaining, for a table and chairs.  Avoid gravel, it’s for car parks.  Create a contemporary sandstone patio for your garden design Exeter.  Paving options include sandstone natural paving, granite natural stone paving, porcelain and slate natural stone paving.

 

 

Decks ⋅ Garden Design 

Decks are great for changes in levels.  Quality decking is always a classic in any garden design situation.  Always opt for a natural timber deck.  Softwood decking offers great value for money.  Available in both grooved and softwood decking boards. Hardwood decking will look great in any garden design throughout Exeter.  When installing hardwood decking.  Think about using stainless steel screws for extra durability.  Keep your decking design classic in your garden design.  Add classic straight lines.  Avoid curves.  It’s more work and tends to look dated.  Keep your decking boards straight and avoid diagonals.  It makes your decking frame harder to design, wastes materials and looks fussy!

 

Go for the classic boardwalk feel in your garden design Exeter.  Add recessed lighting.  Allowing you to entertain well into the night.   Quality composite decking may be an option for your garden design.  It’s durable and comes in a variety if finished and colours.  From faux timber to subtle shades of greys and light blues.   Millboard is a premier composite

decking product.  Which will enhance any garden design in Exeter.

 

 

 

Paths to link areas ⋅ Garden Design 

Paths are a great way to add interest and link areas in your garden design Exeter. Straight paths look great in a formal traditional garden design. opt for strong curves for a contemporary garden design.  Sandstone, granite and slate look great in any garden design.  Frame your paths with sandstone setts will add an extra level of detail to your garden.  Try where possible to avoid steps, by creating a gradual gradient throughout your paths.

 

 

Raised beds⋅ Garden Design Exeter

There are numerous uses for raised beds in your garden design.  Add extra planting space to a courtyard garden.  Sleepers look great and are good value for money in a traditional or courtyard garden.  Plant with compact tall plants.  Phormiums, grasses and verbena will always complement each other in your garden design Exeter.

 

Add a white rendered wall raised bed, creating an ‘outdoor’ room, in your contemporary garden design Exeter.  Great for retaining soil in a garden.  Or again creating more planting space.  K-render is a great product.  It has a pigment in it.  And never needs painting.

 

Create a vegetable garden out of softwood sleepers or decking boards in your garden design.  Add drainage material and fill with soil and compost.  Why not add an irrigation system or a leaking hose to cut down on watering during those long hot summer months!

 

 

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Add specimen trees or shrubs ⋅ Garden Design Exeter

Some plants are fillers.  Some plants add focal points in key areas in your garden design Exeter. Specimen plants add interest and structure to your garden design, Exeter.  Evergreens are useful for all year round cover.   And many can be clipped into architectural shapes. Great examples include ⋅ box balls ⋅ bay tree pyramids ⋅ pleached photinia.

Specimen plants don’t have to be expensive.  But sometimes have to be planted on mass for maximum effect. Bamboo always looks good.  If well water and given the occasional feed.  Palms are more expensive and useful in milder south climates.  Avoid exposing your palm to high winds as they can end up looking tired and scorched in your garden design Exeter.

 

Stellata magnolia has magnificent blooms.  Camellias offer welcomed coloured blooms in late spring or early summer.

 

 

Bamboo always looks impressive in any tropical setting.   Tree ferns and chamaerops palms look great planted with phormiums and agapanthus.

 

 

WATER FEATURES ⋅ GARDEN DESIGN EXETER

Water features always add sound and movement to any outdoor space.  Wall-mounted fountains are great for courtyard garden design exeter.  Where space is at a premium.  If you have more space add a formal pool.   Anything reclaimed will look good.  Including galvanized troughs.  If they leak don’t worry.  Buy square pond insert. Plant around it to disguise the pond liner.  Soft to the top with large pebbles or shingle.

Avoid large ponds as they can be high maintenance.  And are they not child or pet friendly?  Instead opt for a natural drilled stone, fed from a buried sump and grill.  Power by a small electric pump. Disguised the grill with stones, pebbles, and planting.  Sometimes a large shallow  corten steel dish can add interest.  Creating reflection in your garden design exter.

 

 

What would you like to hide? ⋅ Garden Design Exeter

Many gardens designs have unsightly areas.  Things you can‘t really remove.  Bins, the need for storage ⋅ recycling ⋅ garden tool ⋅ bikes.  Old walls. Old sheds or outhouses.

 The view of neighbour’s satellite dishes!  (my personal favourite)  Maybe you are overlooked by neighbours and you want to create some privacy for your garden space. Screening may be the answer to your garden design prayers Exeter.

 

Bamboo screens ⋅ Garden Design Exeter

Adding bamboo screens are a great way to gain instant privacy in your garden design in Exeter.  Sleeper raised beds, are a great way of containing them.  And adding a bit of extra height to your screening.  The sleeper beds need to be planted with mature plants.  Especially if you need a thick screen.  Don’t skimp.  Water well for the first year. They are evergreen and also filter out some of the neighbour’s nose. They can be divided over time if they get too busy.   THere create great movement on the wind in your garden design Exeter.  It is a good idea to add some support to large plants.  Particularly in windy locations.  Elastic bungee cords and stakes work particularly well.

 

Bamboo is a thirsty plant.  And so be prepared to water them in those long hot summer months. They will work in pots.  But will need feeding and water.  Here a simple irrigation system will make the job easier!

 

 

 Add climbers ⋅ Garden Design Exeter

Disguise tired fencing or poor brickwork, with climbers.  Simply attach wires and train the climbers against the fence or wall. White jasmine is evergreen. And offers all year round cover.  Clematis are fast-growing and always a favourite.  opt for a classic white variety. Honeysuckle is more vigorous and suited to a traditional garden design Exeter.  Saves the annual painting.  Its work replacing any rotten panels.  I would avoid ivy.  It does look good.  But is a heavy climber and can pull down walls over time!

 

 

Hedging  create privacy ⋅ Garden Design Exeter

Hedging is always an option when trying to create some privacy in your garden design Exeter.  It’s a long term solution. As it can take a long time to grow!  Think about its maintenance – avoid that nuisance leylandii.  Option include pot grown plants.  These tend to be quite expensive.  Especially the taller plants.

Rootballs are cheaper and generally put in those autumn-winter months.  They need a lot of water and are prone to scorching.   Some hedging plants are available as whips.  These are the least expensive and probably the quickest to plant.  They will take a while to establish.  Some will die.  And the hedge can look scruffy for a few months.  However, they are great for look runs of hedging when the value for money is a key consideration.

 

 

Yew Hedging  ⋅ Garden Design Exeter

Yew hedging is the king of hedging.  It can be slow-growing. Avoid cutting them back hard.  As this can create holes in your prized hedging.  It can be easily scorched if planted during those long hot summer months.  Once scorched there no real going back for the plants.   Becare when pruning.  Less is definitely more.  Once you create a hole in your beautiful hedge is can be there forever!

 

 

Laurels Hedging ⋅ Garden Design Exeter

Laurel hedging is more forgiving.  Quick to gain height and evergreen.  Can over time take over your garden design space. Requiring heavy pruning with a saw.  The more you prune it the more it seems to grow back.  It is resistant to honey fungus which seems to attach privet and the like.

 

 

Photinia Hedging ⋅ is an all-rounder.  Fast-growing.  Easy to care for and relatively easy to prune.  Varieties are also available on flat trellis panels.  Creating instant cover on any fence or outbuilding.  Its red leaves create a well-come winter interest.  Fairly drought resistant.  But does respond well to watering and feed during the summer.

 

 

Slatted fences⋅ Garden Design Exeter

Why not update a tired fence or wall with a slatted fence in your garden design.  Available in hardwood, softwood, or planed finishes.  Slatted fences look great in traditional, contemporary, and tropical garden designs, Exeter. Bamboo screens are a cheaper and quicker alternative.  Great for tropical or zen garden design Exeter.  Create a frame out of 2 x 4″ to attach your slatted fence, trellis or screen too.  Hire a nail gun to make the project a lot easier!

 

 

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CHOOSE A GARDEN DESIGN THEME

 

It’s time to choose your garden design theme.   You may want a traditional garden design, Exeter.  How about a modern contemporary garden design.  Or a tropical or zen garden design.

 

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Choosing a garden design theme is personal.  It should reflect your tastes.  You may like a friend garden.  Maybe you want a complete change.  Or would like to update a tired garden.  Why not have look on the web for ideas and inspiration.  Create a Pinterest of ideas.  Visiting gardens can also be a source of inspiration, especially during the summer.  And a trip to a specialist nursery is always worth the time and effort.

 

 

GARDEN DESIGN ⋅ COMPLIMENTS YOUR PROPERTY

Try to complement your property look and feel.  Always try to work with existing garden features.  Remember a  garden design theme is not in stone.  It’s ok to mix and match elements from different themes.  Creating your own personal style.  Finally.  Bring it all together in your garden design.  Check out our garden design themes for ideas of great garden design.  Quality materials and construction will always stand out in any garden design.

 

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Contemporary garden design works well for modern builds or renovations.  If done well. Contemporary garden design can work well in period properties.  Contrasting and highlighting the properties period features and updating a tired and dated look.  Combine quality sandstone paving with a bold planting scheme to create a design classic.

 

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Sandstone paving always looks great in a contemporary garden design.  Choose strong muted colours.  Add bold a paving design.  With well-designed lines.  Maybe add edging sets for definition. Compliment with a strong planting scheme.  Combine interesting shapes with vibrant colours.  Don’t over complicate your garden design.  Avoid over complicated curves.  There will cost you more in terms of labour and can waste material.

 

Always add strong shapes.  For a contemporary feel.  Lay large paving stones.  In a single sized pattern.

 

Create interest ⋅ add borders ⋅ edging setts

Add a contemporary stone border.  Use complementary edging setts.  Avoid garish geometric patterns.  They will date over time.  Add can be hard to live with.  Use planting borders to ‘ bed in’  your paving.   Softening edges.  Creating subtle curves in your Garden Design Exeter.

 

 

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Design features ⋅ garden lighting ⋅ fire pits ⋅ slatted fences ⋅ decking ⋅ rendered planters

Paving ⋅ smooth sandblast sandstone ⋅ granite ⋅ kandula grey sandstone ⋅ porcelain tiles

Edging ⋅ borders ⋅ granite sites ⋅ ever edge

Retaining walls ⋅ render walls ⋅ k render ⋅ design clad

 

 

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PLANTS ⋅ CONTEMPORARY GARDEN DESIGN EXMOUTH

 

Use planting effectively. Soften your landscaping materials.  Adding interest to your garden design exeter.  Mask unsightly garden features.  With climbers and hedges.  For added interests.  Add strong shapes to beds and borders. Plant garden borders with lush drifts of ‘hot’ colours.  Create a backdrop.  Add structural shrubs.  Contrast colour with dark foliage.  Create a focal point.   Add specimen trees and shrubs.

 

 

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Focal points ⋅ pleached trees ⋅ olives ⋅ acers ⋅ tree ferns ⋅ silver birch ⋅ magnolia ⋅ beech columns

Red ⋅ crocosmia ⋅ kniphothia ⋅ gaura ⋅ camelia ⋅ rhododendron ⋅ hellenium ⋅ poppy

Blue ⋅ lavender ⋅ agapanthus ⋅ alliums ⋅ iris ⋅ echinops ⋅ verbena ⋅ eryngium

Yellow ⋅ rudbeckia ⋅ iris ⋅ tulips ⋅ achillea ⋅ azelea

White ⋅ iris ⋅ hydrangea ⋅ tulip ⋅ echinacae

 

 

 

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Medium ⋅ phormium ⋅ carex ⋅ festuca ⋅ pennisetum ⋅ euphorbia ⋅ pittosporum ⋅ heuchera ⋅ hebe.

Large ⋅ fatsia ⋅ smoke bush ⋅ mahonia ⋅ bamboo ⋅ mischanthus ⋅ acer ⋅ box balls.

Hedges ⋅ photina ⋅ copper beech ⋅ berberis.

Climbers ⋅ trachelospermum jasminoides.

 

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Silver ⋅ white ⋅astilbe ⋅ white tulip ⋅ gaura ⋅ pachysandra ⋅silver birch

Simple ground cover ⋅ acer ⋅ viburnum davidii ⋅ heuchera ⋅ shield ferns

 

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Wow  factor ⋅ foliage ⋅ vibrant colours

Combine lush foliage with vivid vibrant colours.  With natural landscaping materials.  Real timber decking and natural paving stone.  For a contemporary twist.  Add a hardwood slatted fence.  Focal points.  Water feature for movement.  Specimen plants,  tree ferns and palms.

 

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Design features ⋅ hardwood decking ⋅ q-deck ⋅ slatted fence ⋅ sunken hot tubs.

Paving ⋅ slate ⋅ black limestone ⋅ granite

Edging ⋅ borders ⋅ timber ⋅ black limestone setts  ⋅ ever edge

Retaining walls ⋅ softwood sleepers ⋅ hardwood sleepers

 

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Add drifts of hot colours.  Combine with a backdrop.  Of lush green foliage.  Add height and interest.  Specimen plants,  Tree Ferns and Palms.  Enclose or screen areas.  Add bamboo. Soften fences or walls by Adding climbers.

 

Focal points ⋅ tree ferns

Red ⋅ crocosmia ⋅ canna Lilly ⋅ camelia ⋅ rhododendrons.

Blues ⋅ agapanthus ⋅ iris ⋅ azelia.

Yellow ⋅ iris ⋅ kniphofia.

White ⋅ camelia ⋅ astilbe ⋅ yucca.

 

 

 

STRUCTURAL PLANTS ⋅ TROPICAL GARDENS

 

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 HOT COLOURS ⋅ BACKDROP OF LUSH FOLIAGE

Medium ⋅ ferns ⋅ phormium ⋅ hosta ⋅ japanese surge ⋅euphorbia.

Large ⋅ fatisa ⋅ smoke bush ⋅ bamboo ⋅ mahonia ⋅ acuba.

Hedges ⋅ laurel ⋅ bamboo screen ⋅ photina.

Climbers ⋅ trachelospermum jasminoides ⋅ hedera.

 

PLANTS ⋅ IDEAS ⋅ INSPIRATIONS

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PLANTING COMBINATIONS ⋅ TROPICAL GARDEN DESIGN

 

COMBINE HOT COLOURS LUSH FOLIAGE

Modern tropical ⋅  crocosmia ⋅ helenium ⋅ hosta ⋅ acer ⋅ phormium tricolour ⋅ phormium ⋅  bronze ⋅  fatsia

 

Planting combinationstraditional contemporary zen

 

Tropical garden design

 

 

PRAIRIE GARDEN DESIGN EXETER

 

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PRAIRIE GARDEN DESIGN EXETER

 

HIT THE PRAIRIE ⋅ LOW MAINTENANCE GARDENS

Create a relaxed feel to your garden design exeter.  Add movement and colour.  Plant coloured perennials with bladed grasses. Combine with natural stone walkways and timber decking.

 

 

 

MATERIALS ⋅ PRAIRIE GARDEN DESIGN EXETER

 

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Compliment drifts of colours with natural stone walkways.  Add a traditional decking area for entertaining.

 

Design features ⋅ decking ⋅ timber edge walk ways ⋅ gravel path & beds.

Paving ⋅ slate ⋅ sandstone ⋅ porcelain tiles ⋅ granite.

Edging ⋅ borders ⋅ timber ⋅ bricks⋅ black limestone setts ⋅ ever edge.

Retaining walls ⋅ rendered walls ⋅ softwood sleepers.

 

 

MATERIALS ⋅ IDEAS INSPIRATION

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PRAIRIE PLANTS ⋅ GARDEN DESIGN EXMOUTH

 

 

Create a garden with a relaxed feel

Create a relaxed garden with an informal feel.  Add movement and interest to your Garden Design Exeter.  Combine perennial grasses with drifts of subtle colour.  Care for your grasses.  Leave faded silver foliage for winter interest.  Cut back and encourage new growth in early spring.

 

 

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Focal points ⋅ olives ⋅ laurel ⋅ photinia   miscantus ‘sinensis’ 

Red ⋅ hellenium ⋅  poppy ⋅ guara ⋅  sedum ⋅ echinacea. 

Blue ⋅ agapanthus ⋅ verbena ⋅ alliums ⋅ echinops. 

Yellow ⋅ rudbekia ⋅ sunflower ⋅ iris.

White ⋅ anenomes ⋅ aster ⋅ astilbe.

 

 

 

 

 

STRUCTURAL PLANTS ⋅ PRAIRIE GARDEN DESIGN EXETER

 

 

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Medium ⋅ festuca ⋅ euphorbia ⋅ stipa ⋅ hebes ⋅ pennisetum ⋅ phormium.

Large ⋅ fatisa ⋅ smoke bush ⋅  phormiums ⋅  mahonia ⋅  mischanthus.

Hedges ⋅ photina ⋅ berberis.

Climbers ⋅ trachelospermum jasminoides ⋅ hedera.

 

 

PLANTS ⋅ IDEAS ⋅ INSPIRATIONS

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Prairie garden design

 

 

 

ZEN OUT AND RELAX ⋅ JAPANESE GARDENS

 

 

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ZEN OUT AND RELAX ⋅ JAPANESE GARDENS

For relaxation ⋅ meditation

Complement traditional sandstone paving with large smooth boulders & light coloured ornamental gravel.  Add Barked areas.  Adding contrast to gravel beds.  Lighting will add an extra dimension.  Perfect for entertaining in those long hot summer nights.

 

 

Create a mini wood land

Plant a string or cluster of multi stemmed silver birch trees.  Under plant with ground cover:  japanese pachysandra or vinca major.  Add japanese shield ferns, interplanted with white astille.

 

 

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JAPANESE STYLE PLANTS ⋅ GARDEN DESIGN EXMOUTH

 

bamboo, fatisa japonica, phormium, hosta, pinus mugo and clipped box cubes.  acers or maples: reds acers work well with red heucheras.  and surprisingly green acers work well with new ‘lime’ green coloured varieties.

 

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© Exeter Landscapes ⋅ acer ⋅ pinus mugo ⋅ hosta ⋅ garden design  ⋅ designer exmouth

 

 

Focal points 1 ⋅ magnolia ⋅ cloud trees ⋅ classic topiary.

Focal points 2 ⋅ stone sculptures ⋅ clusters of boulders ⋅ stone seating areas ⋅ zen water features.

Small ⋅ cyclamen ⋅ crocosmia lucifer japanese blood grass ⋅ fetuca ⋅hosta ⋅ pachysandra.

Medium ⋅ red camellia ⋅ azelia ⋅ white hydrangea ⋅ white magnolia ⋅ pinus mungo.

 

 

PLANTS ⋅ IDEAS ⋅ INSPIRATIONS

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Planting combinationstraditional contemporary zen

 

 

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Zen garden design

 

 

BULBS ⋅ GARDEN DESIGN EXETER

 

Bulbs are extremely easy to grow in your garden.  Add formal arrangements or natural drifts of colour to garden design.  Great for adding an early splash of colour. A welcome break during those dull winter months.  Bulbs are great value, especially when bought in bulk.

 

 

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Formal spring colour

Add aliums ‘globemaster’ and tulip ‘blue parrot’ and frame with buxus box hedging.  Finish the bed off by adding ornamental gravel or  a dense blue carpet of forget-me-nots.

 

 

Early summer colour

Create an  informal Prairie garden.  Add Iris ‘symphony’ for its subtle yellow colour.  Combine with reds poppies and blues verbena.  Add grasses for height and interest: miscanthus,  stipa and festuca.

 

 

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Yellows ⋅ blues

 Combine yellow Tulip ‘sweet harmony’ and with a carpet of blue forget-me-nots.

 

 

Garden design Complement with dark leave heucheras and berberis ⋅ Green leafed Euphorbia ⋅ White daffodils.

 

 

Winter hot colours

Add Crocus ‘luteus’.  Yellow goblets of colour, surrounded by a carpet of rich magenta – cyclamen coum.  Add white snow drops, for that extra sparkle.

 

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PLANTS ⋅ IDEAS ⋅ INSPIRATIONS

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Bulbs & garden design

 

 

MORE IDEAS ⋅ PLANTING COMBINATIONS

 

Here’s a selection of planting ideas we have used over and over again in our gardens.

 

 

WHITE FLOWER ⋅ GARDEN DESIGN

 

 

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An old favourite

Recreate the timeless classic.  Restrict your colour palette.  Select plants flowering in shades of white or cream.  Create a white twilight glow.

 

 

Classic whites 

Tulips ⋅ foxgloves ⋅ astilbe deutschland ⋅ white hydrangea ⋅  gaura ⋅ clematis ⋅ climbing rose ⋅ rises ⋅ pittosporum ‘tombia’.

 

 

PLANTS ⋅ IDEAS ⋅ INSPIRATIONS

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A SLICE OF LEMON

 

Achillea will add a touch of lemon to your planting scheme.  Giving your beds interest & contrast.  Subtle shades of lemon will cut through your garden design, highlighting each  individual white drift.

 

 

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PLANTS ⋅ IDEAS ⋅ INSPIRATION

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Planting combinationstraditional contemporary zen

 

 

Slice of Lemon

 

 

GREEN & SILVER FOLIAGE

 

Add foliage to your beds for support and structure.  plants include: phormium, beech columns, viburnum, miscanthus and euphorbia.

 

 

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PLANTS ⋅ IDEAS ⋅ INSPIRATIONS

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Green & silver foliage

 

 

CONTRAST WHITES ⋅ DARK COLOURS

Add a contemporary twist by adding darker tones.  Contrast groups of white tulips contrast with ‘Queen of Night’ black variety.  Surround white tulips with an ornamental black grass (ophiopogon Niger Lilyturf). 

 

Dark colours  pittosporium ‘tomb tumb’ ⋅ phormiums ⋅ smoke bush ⋅ black bamboo.

 

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Cool white wood land

Combine silver birch trees with pale hellebores, snow drops, ferns and hostas to create your own classic woodland.

 

PLANTS ⋅ IDEAS ⋅ INSPIRATIONS

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White & Dark Colours

 

TURN UP THE HEAT ⋅ HOT COLOURS

 

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Add hot colours for extra zip.  Combine red, yellow and purple hues.  Plants   cotinus ‘royal purple, achillea, rudbeckia, kniphothia ‘red hot poker’, crocosmia, allium and echinops.  Add a dark back drop of berberis or a smoke bush for added contrast.

 

 

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PLANTS ⋅ IDEAS ⋅ INSPIRATIONS

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Plant groupsshrubshedges climbers fernsevergreenlow maintenancewildlife plants

Planting combinationstraditional contemporary zen

 

Hot Colours

 

 

FAVOURITE PLANTS  ⋅  GARDEN DESIGN EXETER

 

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Here’s a selection of plants, I’ve used repeatedly in my garden design exeter., Experience enables you to select plants that will work well in most design situations.

These plants are generally low maintenance.  And will be happy in most growing conditions.   However, most plants will need some care!  Remember most plants don’t like to be waterlogged.  This will rot them overtime. There are exceptions: Iris, some bamboo and hostas!

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GRASSES ⋅ COST ⋅ CARE

 

 

Most grasses are relatively inexpensive and don’t require a great deal of care.  There are deciduous and evergreen varieties.  Deciduous grasses turn ‘golden’ over winter.  And create great architectural features in any winter garden design.  Contrast with red-berried skimmia, for winter interest.

Deciduous grasses need a ‘hair’ cut in the early springe4p.  To remove the winter thatch before the spring growth appears.   Evergreen grasses will need a quick tidy in early spring.  To remove any dead grass strands.  If you plant miscanthus grass.  Great for larger gardens.  Prune back in late April with secateurs.  Be careful not to remove any new shoots.  Grasses can be easily divided to create new plants.  But be careful not to lose the grasses overall appealing shape.

 

 

HOW TO PLANT GRASSES IN YOUR GARDEN DESIGN ⋅ EXETER

 

 

LARGER GARDEN DESIGN ⋅ EXETER

Large gardens can be planted easily and cheaply with great swaths of grasses.  Miscanthus and stipa being favourites.  Creating movement and texture in your borders.  It’s important to add contrasting shapes and colour.  Beds of standalone grasses can easily date!   Add some shapes and height.  Silver birch trees work well in a contemporary setting.  Box and bay for a more traditional feel.

 

ADD SOME COLOUR ⋅ GRASSES GARDEN DESIGN

 

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For a prairie garden design.  Add rudbeckia, helenium and echinacea.  When planting smaller grasses.  Crocosmia, alliums and agapanthus work well.

 

 

SMALLER COURT-YARD GARDENS ⋅ DESIGN EXETER

 

Pots & planters ⋅ garden design

 

Grasses look great planted in groups in large pots.  They also look great in raised beds.  Combine with phormiums and verbena for a modern classic.  Zinc pots work well in a contemporary or zen garden design.  Terracotta pots are great for that classic feel.  Remember ceramic pots need to be frost proof.  And it’s a good idea to elevate them from that cold winter patio.  Four pieces of broken slab will work well.

You can improvise.  Old zinc water tanks look great & are sturdy enough for bamboo.  Keep an eye out on gumtree & eBay.  Make your own trough from reclaimed pallets or 6inch gravel boards from your local builder’s merchant.

 

Grasses ⋅ Cost ⋅ Care

 

 

HANGING BASKETS ⋅ SINGLE COLOURS ⋅ NON- VARIEGATED BLOOMS

I’m not a huge fan of hanging baskets.  However, they can look effective, when planted on mass with a single colour and a single variety.  opt for bold non-variegated foliage.

Red, whites or yellow flowers can work well.  Bedding plants plugs can easily be purchased on-line, early in the season.  Don’t be tempted to plant out, before the frost has finally receded.  If you are prepared for a little leg work.  These plugs are great value! J Parkers always have great quality plants.

 

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Begonia Non-Stop Yellow (Maxi Plugs) ⋅ https://www.jparkers.co.uk/begonia-nonstop-yellow-maxi-plugs-0013385c

Geranium Century F1 Red (Maxi Plugs) www.jparkers.co.uk/33-geranium-f1-red-0006760c

Cosmos Xanthos Lemon Sherbet (Maxi Plugs) https://www.jparkers.co.uk/cosmos-xanthus-lemon-sherbet-collection-1

Colour ⋅ Hanging Baskets

ADD COLOUR ⋅ ALLIUMS ⋅ AGAPANTHUS ⋅ CROCOSMIA

 

 

Alliums look great with box and phormiums.  Plants as bulbs in autumn.  Choose from purple or white.  Select globe masters for maximum impact.  Or powder puff for larger areas.  Agapanthus looks great in a tropical garden design exeter.  Blue or white flowers are available. Combine with carex grass, phormium and palms for an exotic feel.  Crocosmias always look better planted on mass.  Select crocosmia lucifer for a rich red display.  Contain them in raised beds or planters as they will spread over time.  Combine with hebes and pennisetum grass for contemporary garden design exeter.

More Colour

BAMBOO ⋅ GARDEN DESIGN EXETER

 

Bamboo screening ⋅ garden design exeter

 

 

 

Bamboo may not be everyone’s cup of tea.   It’s great for screening.   And cutting down the noise from neighbours.   It can be planted in pots and planters.  If they are large and sturdy enough.  They can take over beds if left unchecked.  Bamboo can be planted in beds in pots or retained using a bamboo membrane.

They are thirsty in those long hot summer months.  So, water well to prevent scorching.  And excessive leaves falling.    It’s worth giving some support in windy locations.  Add an elasticated bungee cord halfway up the height of the bamboo. Tie to a fence or stakes. Looks great on its own as a screen. Add rocks and boulder for interest.

 

 

BOX HEDGING ⋅ TOPIARY ⋅ GARDEN DESIGN EXETER

 

 

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A firm favourite for any traditional garden design.  Frames a bed perfectly.  Remember is slow-growing so if you want lush thick topiary.  Buy mature plants and use at least 6 per metre. Works well with hebes and clipped lavender.  Box hedging always looks great with oak sleepers.  Add hebes and gauara for interest.  For a more modern garden design exeter.  opt for shapes.   If you have the budget.  Group several box balls together.  Or cubes look great surrounded by grasses.  Favourite Design Features ⋅ garden design features

Bamboo

 

 

Garden accessories ⋅  garden design ⋅ exeter

 

Add an outdoor fireplace ⋅ garden design exeter ⋅ exmouth

 

Why not add some accessories to your garden design and landscaping, Exeter.

 

Accessories  ⋅  Chimneys ⋅ firepits ⋅ woodsheds ⋅ seating ⋅ sunken hot tubs ⋅ pizza ovens

 

 

Great for adding some interest to any garden design project.  Why not add a practical focal point to your garden design project.  Heres are some of our top ideas for garden design accessories, Exeter.

 

Many accessories are practical: BBQs, fire pits and chimineas. Other accessories can be aesthetic: sculptures and lighting for example.  Most accessories are a matter of personal taste.  Try to complement your garden design and fit in with your garden’s layout.  Maximising your gardens usable space.

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Turn up the heat! ⋅ chimineas ⋅ outdoor fireplaces ⋅ fire pits

 

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Why not extend the party into the night.  Add some heat to your garden design.  A simple fire dish will easily add some heat to those cool evenings.  opt for a corten steel dish for maximum style.

 

Chimineas offer good value.  They are available in fired ceramic or iron.  Chimineas are great as the chimney can direct the smoke away from friends and family.  Smoke eye can be a problem on a windy night when using a fire pit.  Chimineas are designed mainly for wood.  As coal can in some cases causes them to crack.

 

Add a fire pit to your garden design project

 

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Why not go the whole hog and opt for a fireplace and chimney.  Fireplaces will add some theatre to any late-night party.  And are great focal points during daylight? Chimneys can be constructed easily from block word.  And easily clad with render or stone cladding.

 

Chiminea ⋅ Guide

 

Create a covered wood store ⋅ add a putting green

 

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Create a covered wood store for your garden design and landscaping, Exeter. Roofing options include timber shingles, slate, or tiles.   The stacked timber looks great.  A useful addition to your fire pit or log burner. Why not add an artificial putting green to your design. Great entertainment for family and friends.

 

Covered Woodshed ⋅ Guide

 

Create a seating area ⋅ size and materials

 

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Create a seating area for your garden design and landscaping, Exeter. Think about a comfortable sized area, for entertaining.  3 x3m is probably the smallest area you could comfortably get away with, for table and chairs.

 

 

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Materials include paving and decking.  Sandstone natural paving is great value.   And works well with both contemporary and traditional garden designs.  Kandla grey works well for a contemporary garden design.

 

Decking can work well in your garden design.  Especially for elevated positions, at the end of a garden.  Decking looks great in a tropical or prairie garden design.  Prairie garden design plants include grasses: stipa, miscanthus and carex.  Add some colour: Rudbeckia, helium and echinacea.

 

 

Choose your type of seating ⋅ metal ⋅ timber ⋅ rattan

 

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Seating options include rattan, metal, or timber seating.    Rattan is long-lasting and won’t rot or decay over time. It’s extremely comfortable and practical.    Modular designs can be easily stacked and covered for the winter.  Rattan styles include traditional and modern, available in a wide range of colours and prices.

 

 

Painting metal furniture ⋅ hammarite ⋅ Alythane ⋅ Rust-Oleum Combi Color

 

I like metal seating.  It’s classic and looks great in any type of garden design.  It’s not as comfortable as rattan.  If you don’t have any, invest in some good cushions!  Metal seating can be cast iron or aluminium.  Over time, metal seating does weather and does require some maintenance.

It can be painted easily.  First, remove any flaky paint with a wire brush, scraper, or sandpaper.  Most people paint exterior metal with hammarite – using a brush or spray.  The colour can be limited, matt is the best finish.

 

 

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Rust-Oleum 7500 Alkythane is a great metal paint.  It’s not cheap.  But great for most metals and can be mixed to any RAL colour.  Try anthracite grey for a start.  Black can be problematic.  Especially if you are painting the furniture outside.  As the black paint will show up the slightest amount of dust and dirt. You can usually get away with one coat.  Take care it will easily stain paving and timber!

 

 

Priming bare metal ⋅ Rust-Oleum Combi Color

 

It’s a good idea to prime any bare metal.  This will help your paint too sick to the furniture.  And prevent any paint flaking off over time.  Rust-oleum combi colour is a great product, which can be used on both metal and plastic.

 

Rendered walls ⋅ garden design ⋅ exmouth ⋅ exeter

 

Applying paint ⋅ roller ⋅ paintbrush ⋅ water-based paints ⋅ oil-based paints

 

Make sure all surfaces are clean and grease-free.  Whether to use a roller or a brush, is a matter of personal choice. For large flat areas.  A roller will always be quicker.  And will produce a flatter, brush-less finish.  Brushes are better for uneven surfaces.

 

Paint usually comes in two flavours.  Water-based and oil-based paints.  Oil-based paints in the past.  Were always considered more hardwearing.  And associated with a high gloss finish.  With advances in paint technology.  The differences between the two type, are less distinct.  Water-based paint can be hardwearing.   Oil-based paint is messier.  And does require more skill to get a good finish.  Water-based paint is easier to apply.  And more convenient to use.  Its less messy, spills and brushes are easier to clean up!  I’m a convert to water-base paint!

 

Seating ⋅ Guide

 

Add the wow factor ⋅ add a sunken hot tub

 

 

Tropical plants  ⋅ garden design  ⋅ exmouth

 

Why not add a splash of luxury.  By adding a heated hot tub to your garden design and landscaping, Exeter.  They look great with any tropical or zen planting scheme.  Add tree ferns, phormiums, ferns and palms for structure.  Add crocosmia, agapanthus and canna lilies for colour.

 

Combine with hardwood decking and add a bespoke slatted fence for extra luxury. And add some lighting for effect.

 

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Hot Tub ⋅ Guide

 

Create an outdoor kitchen ⋅ add a Pizza oven

 

 

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Why not add a pizza oven to your garden design.  A modern alternative to the traditional BBQ.  Modern pizza ovens can create restaurant-quality food, in your own garden.  Great for meat-eaters and vegetarians.

Options include wood-burning pizza ovens. Gas-fired pizza ovens.  And hybrids: fuel by both gas and wood.  Many say gas ovens are just as realistic tasting, as wood.  Gas is more convenient.  Quicker to light, and easier to control the temperature.

Great for cooking pizza, bread, and meats.  For example, legs of lamb.  Why not add your own wood store, they look great.  Keep your timber dry!  Create a counter and a storage area around your pizza oven.   An area to prepare & serve your food.  And storage for utensils.

 

Pizza Oven ⋅ Guide

Outdoor kitchens are the latest trend hitting garden designs this year. Forget the small BBQ. Go for the outdoor kitchen. Great for entertaining and partying. Add lighting to extend the party into the night.

 

Modular Kitchens ∙ Garden Design ∙ Exeter

Kitchen units are available in discreet modular units. Stainless steel finishes are a firm favourite. Easy to clean, with a contemporary look and feel. Countertops can be granite or brushed steel.

 

Ovens ∙ Grills ∙ Garden Design ∙ Exeter

Gas or electric options are available. Grills are great for meat and fish dishes.

 

Sinks ∙ Preparation Area ∙ Garden Design ∙ Exeter

Sinks can be added to your outdoor kitchen. Incorporating a food preparation area. And storage areas. You will need an insulated water supply and a wastewater connection.

 

RECIPES ∙ RECIPES ∙ RECIPES∙ RECIPES ∙ GARDEN DESIGN EXETER

 

TERIYAKI SALMON ∙ INGREDIENTS
2cm piece of fresh root ginger, finely sliced
2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely sliced
3 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp mirin (rice wine)
Olive oil
4 salmon fillets (about 500g in total)
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper

 

Marinate salmon in the refrigerator for 2 hours. Pan fry fillets. Add a splash of water if the sauce is too thick. Serve with rice or noodles.

 

JERK CHICKEN ∙ INGREDIENTS

 

12 chicken thighs, bone-in
1 lime, halved

 

hot sauce, to serve (optional)

 

FOR THE MARINADE

 

1 big bunch of spring onions, roughly chopped
a thumb-sized piece of ginger, roughly chopped
3 garlic cloves
½ a small onion
3 scotch bonnet chillies, deseeded if you want less heat
½ tsp dried thyme, or 1 tbsp thyme leaves
1 lime, juiced
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp vegetable oil
3 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp ground allspice

 

FOR THE RICE & PEAS

 

200g basmati rice
400g can coconut milk
1 bunch of spring onions, sliced
2 large thyme sprigs
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 tsp ground allspice
2 x 410g cans kidney beans, drained

Blend the marinade in a blender. And marinate the chicken for the last hours. BBQ the chicken on indirect heat for around 30 mins. Boiled up the rice and peas. And serve with a squeeze of lemon.

Outdoor Kitchens ⋅ Guide

Installing a garden room is a great way of introducing extra space into your home. Great for a dedicated place for work or relaxation.

 

GARDEN ROOM USES ∙ GARDEN DESIGN EXETER

Yoga Room ∙ Kids playroom∙ Man Cave ∙ Games Room ∙ Office Space ∙ Music Studio ∙ Bar ∙ Cinema Room ∙ GYM ∙ Guest Bed Room ∙ Utility Room

 

GARDEN ROOMS ∙ INSULATION ∙ ELECTRICS ∙ HEATING

Most garden rooms are insulated. Floors, walls and ceilings. Allowing all year use.

 

Electrics enable lighting and power for sockets. And heating to be added. Options include simple convection heaters. Or electric oil filled radiators. It’s also possible to install a wood burner. You will need to install a stainless-steel flue through the roof.

Garden Rooms ⋅ Guide

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