Garden Decking Ideas & Designs

From chic designs to minimalist layouts, find small garden decking ideas to elevate your outdoor space. Trex composite decking is strong, durable and stain-resistant, so you can spend more time enjoying your deck vs. cleaning or maintaining it. Browse our gallery to find all the inspiration you need to bring your garden decking dreams to life.

What Can I Do With a Small Garden?

Just because you have a small space doesn’t mean you’re limited with garden allotment design options. With a little creativity and know-how, your garden space can be used for a wide variety of outdoor activities. Here are some simple tweaks to help you enhance your small garden decking.

  • Invest in a Small Dining Table
    Why stay inside on a warm afternoon or cool summer evening? A compact dining table can transform your small garden decking space into the ideal spot for al fresco dining. You may not be able to host a large dinner party, but you can still enjoy a cosy, intimate meal outside.
  • Take Your Garden Space to the Next Level
    One of the best ways to make the most of a small space is to add different levels. This will help to make your garden look and feel more spacious. Use ledges or steps to create additional room for plants, decor, or guests.
  • Use Shelves for Small Garden Decking
    Small accents like plants, lighting, and candles let you add your own personal flair to your outdoor space. However, you don’t want to take up too much room with your decor. Build or buy some shelves that complement your decking to add some fun decor without sacrificing space.
  • Take Advantage of Vertical Space
    Just as shelves can help you add more surface area for accents and decor, use your deck’s walls, vertical beams, or trellises to add hanging plants or containers. This can create the illusion of a larger space. If you want to create a coordinated feeling, try extending your decking upward on the walls.
  • Create Designated Areas
    Pro tip: creating distinct zones for your outdoor space will make it look and feel bigger. Put a rug under your dining table to designate a dedicated eating area or arrange your furniture strategically to create a spot to lounge.

How Do I Design a Small Garden?

With the right layout and combination of plants, even a small garden can pack an aesthetically-pleasing punch. Whether you prefer flourishing foliage or a zen-like garden space, these decking design ideas for small gardens will help you create your ideal outdoor sanctuary. 

  • Take Your Plants to New Heights
    Apply the same concept of creating vertical space on your deck  to your garden. Fasten shelves or containers to walls or decking to arrange flowers and plants up high. You can also choose plants that grow vertically to run some of your favourite blooms up the walls of your deck.
  • Add Some Trees
    Tall trees can add a layer of privacy to make your space feel a little more intimate. Plus, tree cover will provide much-needed shade for hot days. Plant some trees in strategic areas around your garden.
  • Add Some Colour
    Light-coloured flowers and plants don’t just lift your mood, they can also help you optimise a small garden space by adding depth and vibrancy. While your choices may vary based on your location and climate, some popular brightly-coloured favourites include sweet peas, lavender flowers, sunflowers, sage, rosemary, and mint julep.
  • Create Small Garden Sections
    Just as designated areas can help you maximise your deck space, splitting your garden into sections can add depth to your small garden design. Designate areas for specific types of plants or colours, or try using outdoor decor to section off different zones.
  • Plant Strategically
    Plants with larger leaves can make your garden feel bigger if you use them closer to your garden’s entrance. On the other hand, plants with small leaves are ideal to create borders to reflect light. Try mixing and matching various types of plants in different areas of your garden to create your ideal outdoor space.

How Do You Plan a Garden Layout?

Now that you have some ideas to maximise your space, it’s important to understand how to plan your garden layout. These tips will help you design the perfect outdoor sanctuary.

  • Check for Any Specific Rules or Regulations
    Before you start buying materials and planting trees, check if you need to consult any individuals or organisations about what’s permitted in your particular area. For example, you may have to get approval from a Homeowners Association or a city planning committee. This shouldn’t change your plans too much, but it’s important to do your due diligence before you start planting and digging.
  • Pick Your Plants and Plan Ahead
    We’ve talked about putting plants in strategic areas to maximise your space, but it’s also vital to put flowers and plants in the right spots to allow them to thrive. Do some research on the flowers and plants you want to use and find out how much sunlight they need or where you should put them in relation to your garden decor to give them the best chance to flourish.
  • Choose Native Plants
    We’ve talked a lot about the factors that influence the plants and flowers you choose, but where possible, try to use plants that are native to your area and your climate. This will ensure they can bloom and grow in their environment and save you the hassle of constantly digging and replanting flowers.
  • Map Out Your Garden Allotment
    Once you know which components you will use in your garden, take some time to map out the design before you actually start putting plants in the ground. You don’t need to use any fancy mapping tools, even a rough sketch will help you conceptualise where everything will go and save you the headache of frantically moving things around.
  • Learn About Garden Maintenance
    Before you start placing your flowers and plants in your garden, make sure you understand the maintenance and upkeep requirements. If you don’t have a sprinkler system or don’t plan on watering your plants everyday, you may want to choose options that require less maintenance.

Whether you’re new to gardening or a seasoned green thumb, these small garden decking ideas will give you all the inspiration you need to design an outdoor space you can enjoy for years to come.

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