Garden Design

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UK Gardening Statistics 2022: Fascinating Garden Facts

It’s no secret that Brits love to garden and we’ve rounded up some of the most interesting garden statistics, facts and figures regarding garden activities across the UK.

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Best Plants For Shady Areas Of The Garden

If your garden has a few shady spots, you might be wondering what plants will grow there. Luckily, there are several shade-loving species that you can add to your garden.

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10 Railway Sleepers Garden Edging Ideas

If you’re wondering how you can tidy up your garden without making extreme changes, why not try using versatile railway sleepers?  Sturdy railway sleepers are the perfect solution to many landscaping problems.

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Planter Boxes With Bench Seating Ideas

After a hard day’s work in the garden, there’s nothing better than sitting on a bench with a cuppa. Whether you prefer a raised bed with a lounger bench seat or two planter boxes with a bench in between, keep reading for ideas to find a planter bench that best suits your space.

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8 of the Best Urban Planter Boxes

Whether you’ve got an understated urban garden, a compact courtyard or a bijoux balcony, we’ve rounded up some of the very best urban planter boxes to suit your space and your budget.

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Garden Furniture And Fire Pit Ideas

Are you thinking of installing a fire pit with some comfortable seating options around it? Fire pits can be a fantastic addition to your outdoor space if done correctly.

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Which Garden Plants Grow Well In Shade?

The right plants will make gardening in the shade quite enjoyable, even to novice gardeners. Let’s take a look at which plants grow well in the shade.

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How to Choose the Best Trellis for Honeysuckle: Tips & Ideas

Selecting a trellis for honeysuckle is important to keep the plant tamed. Here’s everything you need to know to select the best trellis for your honeysuckle. 

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Where Did Trellis Originate?

Trellis is a support we use for climbing plants such as vines and roses and its use dates back centuries. Let’s take a look at trellis round the world… 

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Do Nasturtiums Climb Trellis? How to Train Climbing Nasturtium

Nasturtiums are wonderful climbers which will provide colour in your garden for months. Discover 4 simple ideas to trellis nasturtiums.

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Will Jasmine Climb Trellis?

Whilst jasmine can grow rogue, it will eventually end up becoming a tangled mess. Train jasmine to grow against a trellis to gain maximum visual impact.

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Why Is Well-Draining Soil Important For Plant Health?

How does draining affect our plants? Find out the importance of well-draining soil for plant health, how to recognise draining problems and how to fix them.

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Is Mulch The Same As Compost?

Mulching and composting is very important for gardening, but knowing the difference between them is what makes your garden the talk of the town.

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Which Trellis Is Best For Climbing Roses?

Climbing roses look stunning. To help you enjoy your garden, read on for tips and tricks for selecting a trellis and training your climbing rose. 

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Why Build a Trellis – 7 Easy & Affordable DIY Trellis Ideas

Why build a trellis you ask? If you’ve been shopping for one, you saw how overpriced they are. So here’s how to build a trellis for half the money.

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How to Create a Garden Plan

Let’s look at how to create a garden plan in stages, so that you can better visualise your ideal garden and begin making it a reality.

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How to Transform Your Garden on a Budget

Trying to transform your garden on a budget? Here are our favourite ideas for creating a stylish outdoor space without breaking the bank.

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Fresh & Creative Vegetable Garden Ideas

Vegetable garden ideas for every space, from full-sized beds to balconies and patios – get growing today!

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Square Foot Gardening: Tips and Tricks

Maximise your yield and minimise your effort with square foot gardening – a practical, easy way to grow crops in any garden.

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Raised Bed Gardening Ideas

Raised bed gardening can make a cluttered garden look tidy, or create depth in an empty space. Read our tips for raising your garden beds!

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How to Create a Garden Focal Point

Whether it’s an arrangement of plants or an architectural structure, having a garden focal point is what gives your landscaping purpose.

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18 Beautiful Container Gardening Ideas

Container gardens are fantastic for anyone that’s getting to grips with gardening, growing plants in a limited space or adding a pop of colour to paved areas.

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Bird Friendly Garden Ideas

Welcome wildlife to your garden with these bird friendly garden ideas, including bird feeders, bird boxes and bird baths.

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Tips for Growing a Shade Garden

Our tips for growing a shade garden includes a stunning variety of plants that will grow in partial shade, in a garden without full sun.

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How to Grow a Bottle Garden

Do you wish you had more outdoor space? Learn how to grow a bottle garden and bring nature inside with these helpful tips and stunning ideas.

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22 Foodscaping Ideas for a Stunning Edible Garden

Enjoy a garden that’s literally good enough to eat by growing a foodscape. These 22 foodscaping ideas will get you started.

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The Best Garden Ideas for Wildlife in the UK

We have an incredible range of common species across the UK, and encouraging insects, birds and animals into your garden is an easy way to learn more about them.

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7 Fast-Growing Hedges for Privacy in Your Garden

Fed up of hearing and seeing the neighbours? Take a look at these fast-growing hedges for privacy in your garden.

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17 DIY Kids Garden Play Area Ideas: Bring the Fun Outdoors

In the busy world we live in, gardens have never been a more valuable space for giving your little ones somewhere to safely play outside.

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How to Reduce Traffic Noise in Your Garden

Restore the tranquility of your outdoor space with fences that reduce traffic noise in your garden.

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17 Long Garden Ideas to Design a Narrow Outdoor Area

Long, narrow gardens are a staple in British towns and suburbs. The thing is, the dimensions of a long garden can be quite tricky. Read our best tips and ideas for long gardens.

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18 Concrete Garden Ideas for Small & Big Yard Landscaping

Concrete is an incredibly versatile construction material that can bring all kinds of surprising style to your garden design.

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35 Rental Garden Ideas: Making a Temporary Space Feel Like Home

Even in a rented home, your garden can act as an extra room, giving you somewhere to relax with your family, play with your kids or pets, and get a bit of fresh air in private.

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Garden Tips for Selling Your Home

An unkempt garden can undermine your asking price, but experts estimate an attractive garden could boost the value of your property by up to 5%.

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18 of the Best Ground Cover Plants for UK Gardens

Ready to add some extra greenery to your garden? Here are the best ground cover plants for UK gardens.

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15 Gorgeous Grass-Free Garden Ideas

When you’ve got a busy life, a manicured lawn isn’t necessarily worth the effort. Take a look at these practical, imaginative and low-maintenance grass-free garden ideas.

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11 Outdoor Heating Ideas to Stay Toasty Outside

There is officially a chill in the air, so it feels like the right time to start talking specifically about garden heating ideas and all the ways to stay cosy outdoors.

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29 Garden Fire Pit Ideas to Turn Up the Heat!

At Garden Patch, we’re keen to be outside as much as possible, as I’m sure you are too! Getting your garden heating right is essential for relaxing in your garden over winter.

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Modern Sustainability: Green Roof Ideas and Tips

Urban gardening is all about finding innovative ways to create green spaces when there’s barely room for a garden. My favourite examples of this? Green roofing and living walls.

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14 Side Return Garden Ideas: Use the Narrow Side of House!

When outdoor space is minimal, you should be using every inch that you can! These side return garden ideas can transform even the narrowest walk-through area.

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14 Garden Security Tips to Keep Your Home Safer

If a thief can’t see your security measures, they might think you don’t have any.

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Gravity-Defying Green Wall Ideas

How can you grow greenery when there’s barely any space for a plant pot? The answer is to look for a new angle – quite literally – and start employing vertical, green wall ideas.

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Classic Cottage Garden Ideas to Capture the Charm of England

Cottage gardens are about letting go of formal garden design and embracing the wild beauty of nature.

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Sensory Garden Ideas to Immerse Yourself Outdoors

Any outdoor area can be transformed into a sensory garden, filled with fragrant plants, tactile surfaces and gentle ambient sounds.

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The Secret to a Manicured Landscape: 16 Garden Lawn Edging Ideas

A crisp border is both functional and beautiful, resulting in a flawless finish for your lawn, patio and flower beds.

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Outdoor Dog Area Ideas: Turn Your Garden Into a Puppy Paradise

Read all about ways you can maintain a beautiful garden while making it an exciting, stimulating place for your dog to explore and get some exercise.

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8 Artificial Grass Garden Ideas to Make Fake Grass Look Good

A huge benefit of synthetic grass is that it’s super versatile and you can use it in all kinds of ways that wouldn’t work with real grass.

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Take it Easy With Our Fun, Low-Maintenance Garden Ideas

Do you love the idea of a garden, but hate the idea of gardening? No problem! We’ve listed a whole host of low-maintenance garden ideas, so you can pick and choose anything and everything that works for you.