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Landscaping is great – getting your garden into the condition that you want it in, and seeing it through DIY style is a great feeling when done. It’s a source of pride and for many of us.

That’s why in this article, we collected some of the best garden and landscaping designs for your inspiration.

For the most part, landscaping might be easier for the more seasoned veterans amongst us, however, if you’re looking at garden designs for beginners, you might find all the possibilities and options overwhelming:

  • Which plants do you want to include, and where should be planted?
  • Should bed lines and paths curve or run in a straight line?
  • Should you include a bench, or water features or bird table?

All of these questions and more will be answered in this article. So, keep on reading.

Best Garden and Landscaping Designs for Beginners

For your inspiration here are interesting designs for your garden, flower walls, rooftops, gazebo, and a lot more.

Hopefully, you will find a design that suits your home.

Flower Walls

Walls, or fences, are often necessary but not very aesthetically pleasing features of your outdoor space.

flower wall design

Bring colour to your sheer walls or fences

Add some life, colour and vibrancy to your wall with one of my favourite landscaping designs for beginners, the flower wall. You have a lot of options for flowers, but one of my personal favourites is honeysuckle.

Mid-Garden Dining/ Seating Area

One of the most enjoyable things to do outdoors, especially in Summer, is to enjoy your meals or simply a place to sit out in the garden.

mid garden dining area design

Alfresco dining is an Australian rite of passage – factoring this into your garden designs is a must.

We often put our outdoors dining area close by to our back door – but try making your focal point of your garden a mid-garden dining area. It works great and really connects you to the outdoors.

Rooftop/Balcony Dining

If you live in a bustling neighbourhood with minimal outdoor space but have access to a rooftop or large enough balcony, like with the mid-garden dining area, a rooftop or balcony dining area is a perfect way to blend your indoors and outdoors lifestyle.

rooftop dining garden design

Just because you live in the inner city doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy alfresco dining!

Rose Garden (or Other Flower Type)

Limiting yourself to one type of flower will both save on gardening work in some ways, and also help you understand this flower and become an expert in no time.

rose garden design

Rose gardens can really bring that cottage feel to your outdoor space.

Roses are certainly the most popular and romantic flower to do this with, but you can go with whichever your preference is or is suited to growing well in your garden. To my mind, this is one of the best landscaping designs for beginners as it is both difficult and yet simple, and can look magical.

Garden Archway

Archways are an excellent way to both separate spaces in your garden, but also to create great flow from one section to another.

garden archway design

Archways are a personal favourite of mine.

It could lead to a garden shed, or a veggie patch, or a private dining area (like the one mentioned above).

Flower Covered Pergola

Pergolas can be great for giving shade… but are equally fantastic for vines and other flowers to grow on – giving an exceptionally calming space to lie or sit and read.

flower covered pergola garden design

Truly surround yourself on all 4 sides with nature.

Garden Fountain/Other Water Feature

Garden water features come in all shapes and sizes – and are both excellent fulcrums to your designs but also excellently calming and cooling features in your garden.

water feature garden design

Water features are popular for a reason!

If not a fountain, try a pond, or a small bird bath.

Gazebo Design

A gazebo is not just for the local council public park! It’s a great shade giver and space to enjoy the outdoors without the fear of the harsh Australian sun.

gazebo garden design

Gazebos bring a whole new dimension to your outdoors.

Zen Garden Design

Maybe your outdoor space is there to help you with your mindfulness, peace, yoga, or just as a haven away from the hustle and bustle of your everyday city living.

zen garden design

Bring some calmness courtesy of Japanese culture to your garden

Zen gardens are an excellent way to design your outdoor space.

There are plenty of other garden and landscape design options, but as you can see, planning your garden designs as a beginner doesn’t need to be so daunting after all! And if you need some help, don’t forget to give us a call at 1300 427 336 for a garden design consultation.

AMICO’s Founder – Ami Bauer

About The Author - AMICO’s Founder – Ami Bauer

In 1994 Ami Bauer left his corporate management career in retail. Not knowing exactly what to do next, he started mowing lawns and gardening, mainly as a fill in job till he figured out his future.

So starting with little more than a motor mower, a utility truck and business name (Ami-co) he set forth into his local suburbs and for the next few years Ami found the business rewarding and it expanded rapidly.

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