Your Ultimate Guide to Cool Garden Ideas

Cool garden ideas, you say. With millions of web results, including garden furniture sets, – where to begin?

If you’ve been reading our garden-related blogs, you already know where this post will lead you. Our team has searched for the canniest design ideas and put together a list to weigh off your shoulders.

We divided this guide into five (5) categories to reduce your research time. Here, we’ll provide a variety of unique ideas for each element:

  • Themes
  • Landscaping
  • Centrepiece features
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Garden rooms

Some of these are simple DIY projects or require a bit of creativity to recreate the design. Others involve purchasing (but sure are worthy of investment!) decorative and functional outdoor pieces.

Keep reading!

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Garden Themes

Garden themes vary widely, and coming up with one can be a challenging step. Even if you’re going for a basic look, that concept is close to the minimalist side – still, a theme to consider. You get the gist.

The easiest way to devise a theme is to align it with your personality and taste. To give you a few ideas, here are the common yet exceptional theme gardens.

1. Wildlife garden

The key point of this garden concept is creating a haven both for you and the wildlife. A successful wildlife garden should consist of these four provisions:

  • Shelter and protection
  • Food sources
  • Water sources
  • Nesting areas

And with some thoughtful planning, your yard will be teaming up with insects, birds, and others in no time!

A community wildlife garden with a bug hotel positioned on the right side under the tree and a bench on the left side
Image Credit: Geograph UK

2. Tropical garden

This theme brings the Mediterranean to your yard, featuring colourful blooms and lush greenery. Exotic oasis and hideaway, as others describe it, but what if you live in colder climates?

Fret not, as this list has got you covered!

Tropical garden at night with tropical palm trees and garden pond lit up with LED lights
Image Credit: Flickr

3. Minimalist garden

A minimalist garden is rather an aesthetic principle based on the stance that less is more. In this theme, plants are carefully selected, and hardscapes are used to define geometric shapes.

This approach expresses specific values in a clear manner, making its point without overwhelming the scene.

The Walled Garden, Thenford Arboretum
Image Credit: Geograph UK

4. Desert garden

A desert-inspired garden is ideal for those who live in arid zones. Instead of lawns, drought-tolerant ground cover, rocks, and gravel cover the area.

The plants are native and adapted to the soil, weather, and arid conditions of desert zones.

Front yard desert garden with cacti
Image Credit: Flickr

5. Japanese garden

In every Japanese garden idea, there’s art and craft behind that channels tranquillity. The key to this concept is to keep everything simple while imitating nature in the layout.

Japanese garden with mini pond and rock bridge
Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

6. Chinese garden

Now, this theme revolves around three elements: water, stones, and plants. When combined in one place, they represent living, stability, beauty and meaning.

Chinese gardens featuring a pavilion also provide a place for reflection, conversation and refreshments.

The Chinese Moon Gate Garden, Chelsea Flower Show
Image Credit: Flickr

7. English garden

Combine tradition and elegance with a sense of whimsy. Opt for meandering paths, meadow-life florals, iron gates and cottage-inspired garden features. These are usually what you see in an old-fashioned backyard in the British countryside.

English garden with rose borders
Image Credit: Flickr

8. Contemporary garden

Unlike the classic design, modern gardens are design statements with regard to architecture. It is an expansion and refinement of mid-century modernism.

The idea is perfect for adding style and function to your plot.

Contemporary garden featuring white stones
Image Credit: Flickr

Garden Landscapes

Thoughtful landscape design is the key to creating a cool outdoor oasis. Without further ado, allow these ideas to pave the way to a better landscape design for your front and backyard.

9. Sloped garden

A sloped plot can be difficult to work with. But as seen in this garden, after some planning and labour, the yard now offers a show-stopping impact. Check out our sloping garden ideas for more!

Sloped garden filled with greenery
Image Credit: Pxhere

10. Rock garden

A mini rockery garden positioned in your back or front yard is a beautiful idea. It isn’t simply a garden filled with rocks. Rather, you’re emphasising the use of different stones in combination with greenery.

Bedrock Garden's Rock Garden
Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

11. Edible landscape

An edible oasis that doubles in beauty and sustainability! Veggies are rich in colours, but by adding fresh herbs and other greens, you can create a kaleidoscope of flush in your yard.

Front flowerbeds with edible plants
Image Credit: Flickr

12. Vertical landscape

The vertical approach is a perfect way to utilise a tight space and still give you a lively outdoor scene. In this design, the plants are on top of each other and with patterns for added aesthetic.

Vertical landscaping with vines
Image Credit: Pxhere

13. Spiral zen

Make your garden a Zen space by incorporating the spiral style into the scene. Spirals are believed to give your outdoor area that peaceful, serene vibe, so that’s a bonus point if you’re into Zen or Japanese-style gardens!

Spiral rock formation
Image Credit: Pxhere

14. Ceramic pots

Pick the right ceramic pots to flatter your garden landscape. Pots come in all shapes, sizes and colours – go for the design that can add character to the space.

Ceramic pots are also an easy way to construct a theme without using too much material or decoration. Perfect for a traditional, modern, or minimalist outdoor space!

Ceramic pots used as planters
Image Credit: Pxhere

15. Lush foliage

A colourful, lush yard perfect for the springtime! This concept features wavy garden beds with a grass path that adds canvas colour to the scene. Make sure to pick the perfect spring plant ideas to achieve this!

Lush jungle-like backyard
Image Credit: Pxhere

16. Hedging

Hedging is an excellent landscaping trick to carry out a fancy, well-polished backyard. And with the right garden tools, such as shears, the job will be a lot easier. Take a look at this garden hedge idea below to get inspired with.

Hyde Hall Gardens, Essex, UK | Rose garden with Yew Hedging Windbreaks
Image Credit: Flickr

Garden Centrepiece Features

The practical and effective way to boost the curb appeal and value of your garden is by accessorising it. Here are some ideas for you to get started.

17. Water feature

Garden water features like mini fountains can provide soothing sounds ideal for relaxation. Not only that, but water elements stand out against the greenery and foliage. They make a brilliant focal point around the garden.

Bamboo and rock water feature at the Japanese Garden in Portland
Image Credit: Flickr

18. Fire pits

A well-designed outdoor space shows future buyers what they could have at this home. And with fire pits, they’re not only useful and fun to have, but they are a beautiful focal point to patios.

One can create an updated living area, increasing your home value for potential buyers.

BillyOh Phoenix 3 in 1 Square Metal Fire Pit, BBQ Grill and Ice Pit
BillyOh Phoenix 3 in 1 Square Metal Fire Pit, BBQ Grill and Ice Pit

19. BBQ grilling area

A BBQ grill is a perfect companion for alfresco dining. But to level up the look of your patio kitchen, a grilling area will add a total boost. This adds distinction to the space, allowing even to incorporate a garden bar!

BillyOh Indiana 4 Burner Gas BBQ Kitchen with Sink
BillyOh Indiana 4 Burner Gas BBQ Kitchen with Sink

20. Outdoor hot tub

Relaxing in a hot tub is the ultimate way to unwind after a long day. With inflatable hot tubs, spending evenings unwinding in style is no longer a fantasy if you have a limited space budget. Oh, to dip in your own garden – come rain or shine!

BillyOh Respiro Inflatable Hot Tub with Jets 4-6 People
BillyOh Respiro Inflatable Hot Tub with Jets 4-6 People

21. Garden lighting

Once you have ideas about outdoor lighting design, you’ll feel more confident to plan a cool garden landscape. Besides adding ambience, the right garden lighting can make a huge difference to the look and feel of your yard.

Biard Basford LED Stainless Steel Wall Light
Biard Basford LED Stainless Steel Wall Light

22. Patio seating arrangement

A patio, porch, or balcony wouldn’t be complete without a comfortable outdoor seating. The best furniture arrangement can make time spent on alfresco more enjoyable. Have a look at this sunken bench area in a tiered garden.

patio seating arrangement with four garden armchairs
Image Credit: Hippo PX

23. Pond for the wildlife

If you’re aiming for a wildlife garden, a pond is a beneficial and attractive asset. It creates a valuable conservation area right in your landscape. Plus, having fish and wildlife in and around is a large part of the pleasure of owning a pond.

Garden wildlife pond
Image Credit: Flickr

Outdoor Furniture

The best garden furniture can make your backyard into an outdoor living room, dining area, kitchen or bar – or a combination of all! Be inspired by these ideas and make yours a stylish place to lounge, dine and entertain.

24. Dining fire pit table

You’re definitely missing out if you haven’t heard about dining fire pit tables. A pit in an actual table; it’s a piece of garden furniture that combines a fire pit and a patio table. Cool, right?

BillyOh Capri Firepit Rattan Corner Sofa Set
Capri Firepit Table Set

25. Loungers

Any backyard will benefit from loungers, particularly pool patios. Offering a reclining spot in maximum comfort and style, you can now have the ideal spot for unwinding in the sun.

Top tip: Opt for water-repellent, stain-resistant and antibacterial materials.

Bantham Teak Hardwood Steamer Lounger
Bantham Teak Hardwood Steamer Lounger

26. Electric patio heaters

Heating your patio with electric heaters will extend your outdoor entertaining season. Like fire pits, patio heaters are an effective heating source with attractive designs. They help enhance your outdoor living experience rather than cramping it.

BillyOh Medora Free Standing Electric Patio Heater
BillyOh Medora Patio Heater

27. Armchairs and benches

Armchairs and benches in shades that pop work beautifully in bright sunlight. Think lively pink and fresh green shades to introduce more colour to the space. Here, the pieces add maximum punch and a modern effect, setting bold accents off against a dark backdrop.

Marbella Rattan Effect Garden Armchair in Graphite
Marbella Rattan Effect Garden Armchair in Graphite

28. Go rattan

A good quality rattan set with a coffee table is a perfect addition to any patios. These pieces help keep the conversation flowing while being seated in pure luxury.

A wonderful contrasting blend of graphite rattan-style weave like this set is a great example.

4 Piece Rope Wicker Sofa Set in Grey & Brown with Polywood Table
4 Piece Rope Wicker Sofa Set

29. Wicker sets never fail

For a more rustic and natural style around the garden this year, why not consider a wicker set? If rattan is not quite what you are looking for, this material should really make a difference.

Take inspiration from this lovely set of 3 chairs and a polywood coffee table!

Marbella 4 Seater Rattan Effect Armchair Set with Coffee TableMarbella 4 Seater Rattan Effect Armchair Set with Coffee Table
Marbella 4 Seater Rattan Set

30. Fit in a bistro set

Bistro sets are standard fixtures of outdoor patio furniture, usually consisting of a round table and two chairs. They offer a perfect place for a quick bite to eat or somewhere to laze in the sun – ideal for smaller outdoor spaces.

BillyOh Windsor 0.6m Square Bistro Set For 2
BillyOh Windsor 0.6m Square Bistro Set For 2

Garden Rooms

One of the most valuable home improvement projects you can do as a property owner is to create separate living spaces. With garden room ideas, you can easily achieve this!

31. The guest room

Being the best host starts with creating the best guest room. With a log cabin, you can convert the outbuilding into a comfy retreat for your beloved guests.

Hotel room with a King size bed
Image Credit: schnee-weiss

32. She sheds

She sheds are a cosy little hideaway for ladies to call their own. You get to spend in a relaxing environment you created for yourself and have that much-needed “me” time.

Take this opportunity to create a spot for entertainment and relaxation reserved for women’s use!

A woman organising her art she shed studio
Image Credit: Flickr

33. Man caves

Man caves provide personal sanctuary for indulging hobbies and guilty pleasures with freedom. A space uniquely designated for masculine energy and interests.

A place somewhere you can call your own – for relaxing, gaming, and entertainment for the men of the house.

3D man cave interior design
Image Credit: Flickr

34. Garage conversion

The idea is to add more living spaces to your home by converting your old shed garage into a garden room! A large window and double doors should keep the room bright and airy.

Potted plants and outdoor seating make the space attractive and welcoming.

Garage gym conversion with pull-up bars
Image Credit: Flickr

35. Pool house

Complete your dream backyard retreat with a pool house! It makes it easier to throw a fun party. You can change in and out of swimsuits, go to the bathroom, take a nap, enjoy a beverage, and entertain.

Backyard pool with seating area and a pool house
Image Credit: Rawpixel


A successful garden layout is when each element perfectly complements the other. Pleasing to the eyes, the outdoor space has been all designed in one cohesive sprint.

There are plenty of ideas out there to get you started on the path to your dream garden. And that’s our goal! With this ultimate guide, we aim to help you kick off and build a one-of-a-kind backyard.

In case we’ve missed out on anything, such as answers to your questions, we put up these handy FAQs for you. Make sure to check them out!

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Stick with a theme, choose a landscape that suits your home, showcase an outdoor centrepiece. Invest in top quality garden furniture to maximise your patio space. Finally, adding a garden room will bring your backyard to the next level!

A great way to utilise that forgotten spot in your garden, a.k.a. the corner one, is to put a centrepiece! It could be as simple as a shed for storage or a transformed garden room for entertainment.


A small seating area also sounds like a good idea. The same goes for a mini gazebo with a BBQ spot for outdoor cooking. A fireplace, sculpture or tree will also make an excellent focal point.

Light it up! If you've been considering this, luckily for you, we've got the best outdoor lighting ideas! They are guaranteed to help you create the perfect ambience in any outdoor space, so don't miss out!

Give your front garden the same TLC you have for your backyard. A well-maintained and planned front yard is enough to boost your home’s curb appeal. We have a bunch of suggestions for you here.

Come up with some planning and make sure to include these categories in your list: themes, landscapes, features, outdoor furniture and garden room ideas. Refer to our list of ideas for each category and see what design and style fit your taste and budget well.


Once you have the list, the overall idea - in general, you can successfully transform your garden into your dream space!