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Where To Find Garden Inspiration

Where To Find Garden Inspiration

If you’re not naturally green-fingered, it can be hard to know where to start when you’re planning out your garden. How do know what to plant and when? How can you make a garden work as somewhere where you can entertain and relax, and where the children can play? If you’re stuck for ideas and aren’t sure where to start, here are some of the best places to get garden inspiration.

Websites and Magazines

There are hundreds of garden websites and magazines out there, and these are fantastic places to get started. These will both have guides on what to plant, when to plant it, and how to incorporate different elements like Japanese garden design. They can also be helpful for getting some idea of the kind of tools you will need to maintain your garden. Garden websites are often the best place to find reviews of things like lawnmowers and other garden tools. However, a lot of garden magazines are aimed at people with large gardens and some gardening skills, so they might be overwhelming for beginners with small gardens. 


Have a look at what your neighbors have done with their gardens. Chances are, your neighbors will have a garden that is a similar size to yours, and will be dealing with the same light and soil as you. This means that you can see what has already worked, rather than trying to decipher a guide in a magazine and trying to work out what kind of soil you have and when your garden gets light. If you have a neighbor with a garden you admire, tell them how beautiful it is, and ask if they’d be willing to give you some advice. They might well be willing to help. 

Garden Centers

If you’re a beginner, a garden center is another good place to get help and advice. The staff there are trained to answer questions, so they can help you work out what you need. Walk around the garden center and see what appeals to you, then find a member of staff to ask about it. They can tell you if it will work for your garden and how best to do it. 

Pinterest and Blogs

If you want to do your garden yourself, you can find ideas for dozens of projects on Pinterest and blogs. These places are often better for finding ideas for beginners than professional websites and magazines. You can search for ideas for your kind of garden too, whether you have a small courtyard, a balcony, or a large garden to tackle. Search for what you need on Pinterest, such as ‘Courtyard garden ideas’, scroll through the images and wait for something to jump out at you. Click through to the results, and you should be able to find some ideas for DIY projects, planting guides, product reviews, and other useful information to help you plan and care for your garden. You should be able to find something suitable for you.

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