How To Add Interest To Your Garden

Garden Design Tips for A Magical Appeal

Have you looked out into your garden and felt like something is missing? Despite your planning and hard work from previous years, you may no longer be interested in your garden.

Garden design, like many other art forms, can lose its appeal over time and become uninteresting. If this is the case for your outdoor space, then now is the perfect time to transform it.

Transforming your garden into a captivating landscape requires the art of garden design combined with the magic of nature. This is an opportunity for you to not just enhance the aesthetic appeal of your garden, but to also create a fun environment that is engaging and interesting for people of all ages.

This can be a complex process, which is why we have created this guide in which we guide you through the process of garden design and offer some valuable tips on how you can add more interest to your garden so you can craft a landscape that is not only beautiful but engaging.

How Does Garden Design Work?

Before we can offer any specific design tips and help you add more interest to your garden, some basics need to be outlined. Understanding how garden design works, the aim of this process and what all good gardens are based on is your first step in transforming your outdoor space.

There are some fundamental principles of garden design that you need to understand, as these will be the backbone of your latest project. These are:

Structure and Layout

No garden design can get off the ground without careful consideration of the space we’re working with and how this will impact any creative ideas. It is vital to consider the shape and contour of a garden before designs can be developed, as these natural lines impact everything.

The best garden designs are those which work with the natural shape and lines of a garden, as opposed to going against them. Incorporating the preexisting elements of your garden allows you to build the magic of the surrounding natural landscape into your garden design, creating a truly stunning and engaging outdoor environment.

Choosing a Focus

When transforming your garden, it is a good idea to have some kind of focus for the project as this will keep you on track and ensure a cohesive finished product.

Adding interest and whimsy to your garden is a popular focus these days, as people spend more time in their own back gardens and within their local landscapes. You can then bounce off from this initial idea to create a garden design theme and consider the kind of feeling you want to create with your outdoor space.

There are many options out there for garden design themes, from Japanese Zen to a traditional English cottage garden – allowing you to find the perfect fit for your outdoor space. A combination of multiple themes can also be a great way to create fun and interest to your garden, ensuring people never know what to expect.

Focal Points and Features

The initial stages of garden design also include a consideration of focal points in your garden and what kind of features can be installed to meet your goals.

Now that you have a focus for the overall project, these initial stages are a chance for you and professional designers to plan out focal points across the landscape and the features that are going to bring your dreams to fruition.

A careful balance of features that make use of focal points needs to be met to prevent your garden from becoming overcrowded.

How To Add Interest To Your Garden

With the basics of garden design covered, it is time to consider the features you can incorporate into your garden to add more interest.

Plants, Foliage and Flowers

An obvious yet highly effective feature to add interest to your garden is plants. With careful consideration, you can create an engaging and magical outdoor space through plants and flowers alone – and there is a lot to choose from!

We’d recommend opting for a mixture of perennial and annual plants so you can have colour and interest in your garden all year round. As well as considering different colours, also think about textures and heights to add more depth to the garden and ensure interest is engaged throughout the landscape.

Interesting Colour Schemes

Colour plays a pivotal role in setting the mood throughout your garden and incorporating specific ones can evoke new senses throughout the landscape.

As a basic overview, warm colours like reds, yellows, and oranges create a vibrant and energetic atmosphere, while cool colours such as blues, purples, and greens evoke a sense of calm and serenity both of which you can use to your advantage, based on what you want to create.

Professional garden designers and landscape experts can offer great insight into colour themes and how you can manipulate the feelings evoked in your outdoor space simply by the colours you use.

Lighting A Magical Ambiance

Lighting is one of the most powerful tools of garden design and should not be underestimated when it comes to adding interest to your landscape. Garden lighting features, from twinkling lights to lanterns, are the key to creating a warm, inviting ambience in your outdoor space.

Strategically placed lighting features not only illuminate paths and walkways, ensuring the safety of everyone outside, but also highlight specific features and can influence the feelings evoked when spending time outdoors, especially after the sun goes down.

Tranquil Water Features

Incorporating water features throughout your garden ensures that at all angles you can hear the soothing trickle – a stunning background noise that creates a constant tranquil ambience to the garden by blocking out all other noise.

Not only are water features great for the sounds they create, but they can also be attractive focal points that add interest to specific areas of your garden. Whether you opt for a water fountain, a pond or even something as simple as a bird bath, you will soon see that water features are a brilliant way to make your outdoor space more interesting.

They will also offer the added benefit of encouraging wildlife, like birds, insects and even frogs, into your garden.

How To Maintain Interest Throughout The Seasons

An interesting garden isn’t something you create once and never think about again – the interest and magic need to be upheld to keep your outdoor space engaging.

With the changing nature of the outside world, your garden is not going to stay the same forever. To ensure that the most important features, those that create interest and magic, are maintained throughout the year you need to incorporate regular maintenance into your routine.

You can consider:

Seasonal Planting

For this, you need to make sure you have planned you’re garden and taken careful consideration over the plants you’ve used. From here, you can plan areas of the garden so that as one plant’s season comes to an end, another begins to bloom.

This constant cycle of plant life in your garden ensures it remains a dynamic and engaging space, all year long.

Mulching and Composting

To maintain lasting interest in your garden, make sure to use organic mulch and compost. Not only doe these nourish your plants, but also offer additional benefits of retaining moisture, suppressing weeds, and enriching the soil so you can maintain a healthy garden in all seasons.

After all, a healthy garden is a magical garden!

Pruning and Maintenance

Regular pruning helps maintain the shape and health of your plants and needs to be done seasonally. Pruning encourages new growth and flowering within plants and foliage, and when done regularly you can ensure that your garden will remain lush and attractive all year long.

Garden Design At Creative Gardens & Driveways

If you want to add more interest to your garden and maintain it in all seasons, then you have come to the right place. Creative Gardens & Driveways is a leading landscaping company that can offer a range of services to improve your garden.

With our services and expertise, you can not only add more interest to your garden but maintain this all year long.


Redesigning your garden into a magical and interesting space is a rewarding journey that blends creativity, nature, and passion. This process is more than just aesthetics, as adding interest to your garden will allow you to create an environment that uplifts, inspires and connects everyone who goes outside.

Connecting people and nature is one of the top benefits of having an interesting garden and this can be done by following our tips.

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