Large Garden Design Ideas and Landscape Inspirations

If you have a large and long garden, it can be difficult deciding the best way to make the most of your space. So we’ve compiled a list of large garden ideas to help you fill your backyard, from simple planting ideas and vegetable patches to luxurious outdoor seating areas and modern patios.

Let’s go!

1 . Grass and trees

A simple, open garden can be great for family life. Plenty of space for the kids to play and maybe even enough room for a hot tub for the adults!

Semi sloped large backyard covered with healthy lawn and is surrounded by trees and shrubberies
Image Credit: Pxhere

2. Concrete deck and grass

You can build a modern deck outside your house to place some comfy chairs or sofas, so you can relax while keeping an eye on the kids.

Concrete pool decking and lawn edging combination
Image Credit: Flickr, Decorative Concrete Kingdom

3. Large garden in slope

Add some natural stone steps built into a rockery bed to create a safe way to climb that slope garden!

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Sloped large garden with massive tiered plants display
Image Credit: Pxhere

4. Garden living room

You can watch a movie here or spend an afternoon reading. No matter the use, it’s great to have a small, cosy place in your garden, such as a log cabin, that’s safe from the weather.

Long, rectangular patio living room with fireplace
Image Credit: Sarah Galloway

5. Amazing multi-level garden

There’s room for everything! You can plant some herbs or flowers, create a patio area with a dining table and a shaded area for relaxing. 

6. Colourful garden bed

Nothing brightens up your garden more than a colourful flower bed. Get creative with the shape to break up a large garden space.

Colourful garden bed with variety of roses
Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

7. Large vegetable garden

If you have the space and the patience, start your own herb or vegetable garden and save yourself some trips to the supermarket. A vegetable garden would also look great at the corner of your small tropical garden.

Large vegetable garden path
Image Credit: Flickr, JR P

8. Modern open garden

If you enjoy sunlight, make the most of it. No pergolas or garden shade; just a symmetrical, open garden with simple trees and plants.

Modern and square open garden
Image Credit: Mark

9. Deck and garden room

A place for sitting and chatting, a place for lying in the sun and an extended outdoor living space. It’s all about how you make the most out of the space.

Garden rooms on the deck
Image Credit: Flickr, Nicolás Boullosa

10. Classic benches

A classic addition to your garden, to sit down and relax after a long day.

BillyOh Windsor Traditional Bench - 2 Seater
BillyOh Windsor Traditional Bench – 2 Seater

11. White paint and cedar wood

The combination of these two materials and clean lines gives a contemporary look to this garden. The tall trees help provide extra privacy from neighbours.

12. Long narrow open garden

Some garden beds and stepping stones are all you need for this setup. Let your side plants grow and keep the grass neat to have a presentable rectangular garden.

13. Small, low maintenance garden beds

Raised garden beds will bring a new look to your garden. Keep it simple with low-maintenance plants and artificial grass for an easy transformation. 

Low maintenance garden bed
Image Credit: Pxhere

14. Shade and sunlight

With a large garden you can divide the area into different spaces for different uses. You could create seating areas in both the sun and the shade so you’ve always got somewhere to relax.

Open garden with huge lined trees
Image Credit: Flickr, Thomas Quine

15. Large garden with seating deck

There’s no better place to sit on a lovely afternoon than this unique circular bench. You can read a good book while keeping an eye on the children playing. 

Large decking with lounger seating and a lake view
Image Credit: Pxhere

16. Flowers and trees

Or relax under a tree reading your book or playing with your kids. Nothing beats natural shade!

Trees and flowers landscape
Image Credit: Wonderlane

17. Slope turned two-level garden

Once a slope in the backyard, with some work, now it’s a classy two-level backyard with a little grass to lay down or for the kids to play on.

18. Modern garden with fireplace

For a luxurious, modern seating area, add an outdoor fireplace to keep you warm in the evenings and some comfortable, stylish chairs. 

Enclosed outdoor living room with modern fireplace
Image Credit: Rawpixel

19. Modern side pebble decor

It’s all about finding the right materials and lighting to create a modern look in your garden. Simple planting and classic stones create the perfect low-maintenance, contemporary beds. 

20. Rock arrangement

Rocks are a great way to create garden decorations with close to no maintenance.

Rock garden pond arrangement with boulders
Image Credit: Rawpixel

21. Two decks

Use curved shapes to break up your large garden space and create different areas to enjoy. 

22. Modern black pergola

Use black for your pergola and fencing to add a modern touch to your seating area. Add some hanging lights so you can still sit out in the evenings.

23. Sunken seating area and bar

A modern design, perfect for gatherings with your friends. 

24. Bench and path

Add a winding path to divide up the space and draw your attention around the garden. Place a bench halfway along so you can rest on those hot summer days.

Timber log bench along the pathway
Image Credit: Pxhere

25. Modern corner with fire pit

For a modern outdoor lounge, you can’t go wrong with a corner sofa and a stylish fire pit. Add wall lights and a sleek and simple flower bed to finish the look. 

26. Small tea table

For a more traditional style sitting area, take your country kitchen table outside and add some simple chairs and a bench. Pop some cushions on for extra comfort. 

Wooden bistro chair with matching round coffee table - with a view of the courtyard
Image Credit: Rawpixel

27. Modern raised deck

A sleek staircase helps soften the slope and provides a beautiful raised deck for your outdoor meals.

28. Table and L-shaped couch

Use raised flower beds and walls to create defined areas in your garden space. This works perfectly in this example, to provide a comfortable seating area to relax and a separate cosy dining space to eat your meals al fresco. 

Rattan Effect 5-Seater Corner Sofa & Table Set
Rattan Effect 5-Seater Corner Sofa & Table Set

29. Enclosed herb garden

If you have plenty of space to fill in your garden, build an enclosed herb or vegetable garden to use in your cooking and save yourself a few trips to the supermarket. 

Mini herb garden inside a greenhouse
Image Credit: Pixnio

30. Large backyard with small pond

Some stepping stones and a little garden pond with a fountain are great ways to decorate your backyard.

31. Path with pergola

This side pergola covers the path so you can get some shade while taking your afternoon walks.

Long garden path covered with vine-covered wooden pergola
Image Credit: Pxhere

32. Playground in large backyard

If you’re not short of space, bring the fun of the park to your backyard by creating a playground for your children. You could add a trampoline, swing set and wendy house to keep them amused for hours.

Children's playground with a huge yellow slide
Image Credit: Pxhere

33. Artificial grass and stepping stones

If a standard lawn is too much work, install artificial grass to keep maintenance to a minimum.

34. Pebbles and lush natives

Keep your garden natural and let it grow as it likes in your flower beds. Keep an area clear for sitting around your fire pit

Pebble bedding for succulents
Image Credit: Flickr, Clare Wilkinson

35. Well-kept entrance

Your front yard is the first thing you and your guests see when coming to your house, so it has to be really appealing. Keep your lawns, bushes and trees perfectly manicured to make a great first impression.

Well-manicured front yard lawn with brick pathway leading to the house's front door
Image Credit: Pxhere

36. Comfy seating

When having a large, beautiful garden, maybe all you need is a simple table and comfy chairs to enjoy the space.

BillyOh Minerva 7 Seater Rattan Sofa Set
BillyOh Minerva 7 Seater Rattan Sofa Set

37. Modern patio

Use tiles with a satin finish teamed with a sleek wooden bench to create a modern patio area in your garden. 

38. Garden beds and shed

Keep everything organised: your plants in raised garden beds and your tools with a small shed at the back of your garden. You could use tall plants to disguise the shed, as shown here.

39. White garden batter-sea

Use the same white colour as the fencing and garden beds to paint your shed for a light, modern garden.

40. Narrow garden with fountain

The soothing sound of running water is a great way to relax. Plus a stone fountain brings added charm to your pebble garden.

The Alnwick Garden : A Private Circle In The Walled Garden
Image Credit: Geograph UK

41. Curves in square garden

If you have a square garden, use curved shapes in your lawn, patio and even your flower beds to make it feel more open. 

42. Garden bed with seating

Make the most of your space by building benches into your raised garden beds. 

43. Long garden with round shapes

Round shapes help a long, narrow garden feel wider. The shiny, metal lawn borders give this garden a contemporary look. 

Shrubs trimmed in round shapes
Image Credit: Flickr, Tatters

44. Vegetable garden

For a more formal garden, add well-kept square beds and symmetrical planting to create a traditional look. 

45. Wooden backyard swing

Add a wooden swing into your garden design for a comfortable place to relax and admire your beautiful garden.

Two kids hopping on the wooden swing in the backyard
Image Credit: Pxhere

46. Diagonal garden

Use triangles and right angles to help a narrow garden feel wider. The angled path helps to draw the eye around the garden rather than straight to the back.

47. Corner spot and waterfall

Grey is a popular choice for a modern look both inside and outside of the house. The grey sofa, patio and waterfall paired with the white path and cushions give this garden a cosy but contemporary feel. 

48. Huge rustic deck

A large classic deck works well with a traditional house, and makes a great place for outdoor dinners with your friends or kids. 

49. Modern pergola and pond

Sit back and relax here every day while looking at the lights in the water. Relaxation guaranteed.

Water pergola at Jardin Yitzhak Rabin
Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

50. Moroccan courtyard

Red tones look great in the sunlight and under the moonlight too. Use bold colours for the floor tiles and wall to give your garden a Moroccan feel. 

Moroccan villa courtyard
Image Credit: Pxhere

51. Use a variety of colours and patterns for the plants

Have a look at this large garden. It has a great use of colour and patterns for the flowers, broken up in patches on vibrant colours.

It lines the path perfectly, making your guests, neighbours, and even passerby happy to pass through!

52. The beauty of living walls

Living walls are becoming more popular in garden designs, particularly in large gardens. If you want to embrace vertical planting and create drama in your space, this concept is perfect for you!

A living wall
Image Credit: Flickr, mksfca

53. Raised reflective garden pond pool

This rectangular water pond surely will bring light and a sense of space into your massive yard. The rills and raised water features add a dramatic touch, along with the dense areas of planting.

54. Trees and sculpted land

Using trees and paving to sculpt your large garden is a simple yet fancy and effective design. This idea can help you create a tranquil spot for relaxation, for children to play, or for a morning run.

It’s one of the best ways to make the most of your courtyard.

55. Don’t forget wildlife

Always consider the impact your outdoor space has on wildlife. Owning a large garden means you have the perk of creating bigger bug hotels, huge ponds, to name a few.

This is your chance to create your own wildlife garden!

Backyard with bird house and feeders
Image Credit: Pxhere


Large gardens don’t have to be boring, plain spaces with a simple lawn and standard flower beds around the edge. From curved lawns to modern patio areas, hopefully, we’ve given you some ideas to transform your backyard into a multi-functional space to enjoy.

We hope our list of suggestions has inspired you to have a bit of fun with your garden and inject some of your personality to give you a unique space.

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