Garden Design Trends and Ideas For 2022

Garden lighting can do far more than just make it easier to see at night. With carefully planned outdoor lighting through garden design, you can turn your outdoor living space into a little piece of paradise. Below, we explore how exterior lighting and modern garden design can come together to create a stunning space.


How To Design a Balcony Garden

Balcony gardens are the answer to being surrounded by greenery when you don’t have a lot of land to work with. When it comes to creating a beautiful balcony garden, there are a few tips you can follow to accomplish the task:


  • CONSIDER A PLANTER GARDEN. If you have any oversized planters, plan out a dedicated space for them to fit. Using containers and pots for your garden instead of plots of earth requires a bit more planning, so take into account the size of the planters before committing to them.
  • CREATE A GARDEN ROOM. With doors that lead out to the balcony kept open, you can create an extra room that seems to just be an extension of your indoor living space. Add furniture, decor and plants that go with the interior space to achieve the best results.
  • PLANT YOUR FLOWERS ACCORDING TO SUNLIGHT. It is important to consider just how much light your balcony gets when choosing what plants to have. If your balcony never gets direct sunlight, for instance, you will want to avoid plants that require it.
  • BE MINDFUL OF THE WEATHER. In a similar vein, if you live somewhere that gets a lot of rain, having cacti and succulents might not be the best option. For hot and arid balconies, however, they may be the perfect choice.
  • CHOOSE ELEGANT POTS. You don’t have to only use the typical reddish-brown pots on your balcony. Choose planters in various colours, materials and textures to change things up and create a unique space.
  • EXPERIMENT WITH DIFFERENT HEIGHTS. Similarly, you don’t have to put all of your pots on the ground. Smaller plants on tables or hanging from an area above can create a lush environment surrounded by greenery that you’ll love to relax in.
  • USE A LADDER. Small pots can be placed on the shelves of a decorative ladder for a boho chic look.


6 Ideas for Different Garden Themes

If you don’t want to start from scratch and test your creative limits, you could always go for a themed balcony. Some of the trendiest balcony themes today are:


  • Mediterranean
  • Herb Garden
  • Split Level garden
  • Cottage garden
  • Vegetable garden
  • Wildlife Garden


Mediterranean Garden

There are a few cornerstone pieces that any Mediterranean-style space should have. This includes tiles reminiscent of the architecture of ancient buildings that are often seen in Mediterranean countries. They are also quite durable and won’t crack in the sun.

Shaded seating will keep you out of the rays of the sun as well, letting you enjoy the warm summer breezes without being in the sweltering sun, a common feature in Mediterranean spaces.

You should also choose plants that are Mediterranean in origin and quite low maintenance. These include the popular choices of silver and green leafy plants, drought-tolerant Mediterranean spurge and ornamental grasses. A gravel garden is another beautiful way to bring the Mediterranean lifestyle to your back garden.


Herb Garden

Herb gardens are not only a subtle and stylish way to beautify your space; they can also be quite practical and rewarding, thanks to their edible quality. To create an herb garden, you can plant various herbs in small pots with colourfully labelled sticks indicating which is which. A raised herb garden will add some dimension and style to the space as another option.

To bring some boho chic charm to your herb garden, consider recycling old items like jars and small bottles to plant your herbs in. This is also an eco-friendly option, so you can do your part while creating a beautiful space. Baskets and other unconventional styles and shapes can add flair to the area.


Split Level Garden

With a split-level garden, you can create separate entertaining areas, such as a casual seating area and a dining area. You could also devote one level to plants and decor and another to entertainment.

You can preserve the longevity of delicate flowers and plants by keeping them on a separate level this way. Here, you can also use outdoor garden lighting to your advantage. Stringing up the same kind of LED garden lights in the two levels will give the areas a streamlined look.


Cottage Garden

Go for something a little cosier, softer and more intimate with a cottage-style garden. This type of garden is most often characterised by plants all across the garden instead of grass, first and foremost. Surrounding trees with floral blooms also creates the free-spirited feel of everything running wild in nature, which is a key feature of cottage spaces. To create a more uniform look in such a wild space, you can place raised beds to bring a sense of order to the area. Finally, place screens throughout the garden and consider stringing up fairy lights to give it that fantasy feel.

Traditional english cottage garden

Vegetable Garden

Similar to the herb garden option, vegetable gardens have the benefit of being practical and rewarding while also pleasing to behold. You can begin your vegetable garden in a small area and grow outward, especially if you’re a beginning gardener.

Choose a few low-maintenance plants to get yourself comfortable with gardening on your own, and then move on from there. It may be tempting to grow veggies that are appealing to look at as they grow but to make sure they actually get used, you should grow vegetables that you actually like to eat.


Wildlife Garden

Those who want to do their part to preserve nature can create a wildlife garden that is friendly to various creatures. You can grow certain flowers that support the lives of bees and butterflies or include hedges that provide important shelter for various types of critters. Trees are always a good choice, as they provide not just shelter but also nesting sites and food to various animals.


How To Use Art in a Garden

Using art in your garden isn’t as difficult as it sounds. There are many beautiful sculptural pieces that you can incorporate into your space seamlessly. Certain features include:


  • Paving stones
  • Bottle art
  • Painted fences
  • Floral decoration
  • Rock art
  • Sculptures
  • Mosaics
  • Water features

Below are some tips on how to add art to your garden area:


  • PICK A FOCAL POINT PIECE. Having something large and eye catching can make your garden beautifully dramatic. A lot of times, people choose water features to this effect, but you could also choose a large sculpture.
  • PLAN THE ART AROUND THE OTHER PARTS OF THE GARDEN. Put decor near parts of the garden that you want to draw the eye toward. Putting it near plants will make them stand out. The same goes for ornate trees and bushes.
  • DON’T OVERDO IT. Try not to overcrowd your space with small sculptures. A few tucked away here and there and a larger feature in a more noticeable place will prove in short order that less can certainly be more.
  • CONSIDER THE SCALE OF YOUR GARDEN. Think about how large or small your garden really is when selecting decor. For instance, a piece might seem large in the shop, but when you take it home, your large garden swallows it right up and makes it difficult to see.
  • USE LED GARDEN LIGHTS. Placing LED in-ground lights under sculptures or near water features can allow you to shine light directly on them. This will draw even more attention to the parts of your garden you want to get noticed.


Great Ways To Use Water Features in a Garden

Take a look at some of the different types of lighting features you can use in your garden:


  • RAISED POND. A raised pond as a focal point draws the eye to the center of the garden and leads attention outward from there.
  • WATER RILL. Water rills add serene feelings to a garden, making them perfect for creating a zen space. They can be made from all manner of materials.
  • GARDEN POOL. A garden pool is a fresh and modern way to create a focal point in your garden. A pool looks best when placed closer to your home and looks even better with the occasional aquatic plant in them.
  • GARDEN FOUNTAIN. A water fountain will bring both movement and audible elements to the garden, which can also make it quite serene.
  • WATER FEATURE SCULPTURE. Choosing pieces such as ones that allow water to drip and cascade down them will have a similar effect as a fountain while also adding another visual element to the space.
  • WILDLIFE POND. This type of feature is not only a great addition to cottage gardens, but it can also promote the health and well-being of the local wildlife.
  • For something truly dramatic, a waterfall is ideal. The rushing sounds and eye-catching nature is the perfect focal point, no matter the type of garden.


How To Use Lighting in a Garden

External lighting is an excellent way to spruce up your garden. Getting the lighting right is therefore an important part of garden design and should be among the first things you consider when planning your garden. Below are a few light-specific tips to create a garden space that is comfortable and beautiful in equal measure:


  • PLAY WITH LANTERNS. Hanging lanterns along a railing, on the ceiling or the wall can create a whimsical appearance. If your space doesn’t innately allow for it, you can hang a small ladder from the ceiling and attach the lanterns that way.
  • WALL SCONCES. By installing LED wall lights on your garden wall, you can bring illumination from top to bottom with ease. Outdoor wall lights are diverse in appearance and can be matched to the decor in your space.
  • FAIRY LIGHTS. Known to add whimsy to any space, this type of lighting can make your garden area come to life with magical flair. They can be strung up along walls or over seating areas to lightly illuminate the desired areas.
  • GARDEN SPIKE LIGHTS. LED spike lights allow you to place lighting on the ground around the paths leading through the garden. They are also a great choice for installing around a seating area. This will create a cosy, low-lighting appearance with a soft glow as the illumination.


What Is a Low Carbon Garden?

A low carbon garden is a garden that lessens the amount of carbon released into the environment. It does this by taking in the carbon dioxide during photosynthesis and then turning it into glucose, which they then use to help them grow.


Planting more plants outdoors can help suck up quite a bit of carbon in the air. Below are a few tips on how to accomplish this:


  • PLANT IN LAYERS. Layering perennials, types of ground covers and shrubs beneath towering trees will provide carbon absorption throughout the garden.
  • PLANT LONG-LASTING PLANTS. The more you need to turn the soil to plant new plants each year, the more you are disrupting the ecosystem and interrupting the absorption of carbon. Choose low-maintenance perennial plants to combat this.
  • OPT FOR SHRUBS. Dense, woody shrubs with a permanent framework made up of branches are good for locking in carbon. This is especially true of plants that have an intricate root system.
  • CHOOSE NATIVE PLANTS. Native plants that have less to adapt to in an environment can put most of their energy into converting carbon.
  • ADD TREES. Trees naturally absorb a lot of carbon dioxide and turn it into oxygen in large numbers, so you cannot go wrong with a few trees.
  • GROW A HEDGE. As mentioned, hedges serve as shelter for wildlife, which you likely care for if you are interested in a low-carbon garden. Hedges are also dense and often woody, making them a surefire way to suck up more oxygen.


What Is a Living Wall in the Garden?

A living garden wall is a botanical wall that is full of plants inside planters. They are constructed out of a modular framework that is capable of being scaled down or up depending on the amount of space that you have to work with.

Typically, they will come with water pipes hidden away that give them the hydration they need to all but grow on their own. They are remarkably versatile and can be constructed any way you like to suit your taste and visual goals.

There are many benefits to having a living garden wall. Some of the perks include:


  • Air quality improvement
  • Natural insulation all year-round
  • More greenery means a happier mood
  • Elevation of your outdoor living space

To enhance your living garden wall at night and keep it visible, you can incorporate lighting. Shining LED spike lights and other types of ground lights at the wall will ensure that it is visible both day and night.

A small urban environmental Eco garden with a vertical living plant wall

Five Unique External Lighting Options for Your Garden


  1. LWA701 10 Watt Round Ball Design Outdoor Wall Light

LWA701 10 watt round ball design garden wall light

To add some modern flair to your garden, consider LED wall lights such as the LWA701 10 Watt Round Ball Design Outdoor Wall Light. This sleek wall light is spherical in shape with a smooth, sleek body. At both the top and bottom are lenses that shine light onto the mounting surface. The washing effect adds an artistic finishing touch that can draw attention to any wall in the garden. Choose from black or white finishes to suit the decor in your garden.


  1. LWA706 12 Watt Square Black Outdoor Wall Light

LWA706 12 watt square black outdoor garden wall light

Modern gardens can instantly benefit from the inclusion of the LWA706 12 Watt Square Black Outdoor Wall Light. The square wall light adds contemporary style in the form of a cube shell and square opal diffuser that looks decorative in and of itself. It shines a gentle illumination that turns it into excellent supplemental lighting, especially as a part of a layered light system.


  1. LWA703 12 Watt Square LED Outdoor Wall Light

LWA703 12 watt square outdoor LED wall light

Using the LWA703 12 Watt Square LED Outdoor Wall Light, you can draw attention to certain features in the garden. By installing this light on a wall above a sculpture, water feature or any favored plants and shrubbery, you can put the item front and center. The square shape of the light paired with the sleek profile allows it to fit in beautifully to any contemporary garden.


  1. LFL026 10 Watt 700mm Tall Black LED Bollard Light

LFL026 10 watt black patio bollard lights

Create a well-lit footpath with the inclusion of the LFL026 10 Watt 700mm Tall Black LED Bollard Light. This simple black light features a post and a disc-shaped head that casts light down directly onto the ground. It is a gentle way to make traversing the garden safer and easier but can also be used to surround a seating area for gentle, low-lighting options.


  1. LFL016 1 Watt LED 1000mm Tall Black Garden Spike Light

LFL018 1 watt black outdoor spike spotlights

Decorative and modern, the LFL016 1 Watt LED 1000mm Tall Black Garden Spike Light adds an instant visual update to your garden. The thin, tall post and rounded light head offer an air of minimalism while it shines a light along paths and seating areas. The LED spike light can also be used like the others to draw attention to certain areas of the garden.


A well-used occupied garden is as important to a home as the interior space. Above, we have explored various ways for you to make the most of your garden, from lighting to water features to plants and design themes.

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