Special Garden Ideas

By | February 18, 2024

Special garden ideas – get more out of the garden

The garden – an open space in the fresh air. Special garden ideas offer great moments in the garden. Whether it’s homemade garden decorations, natural and insect-friendly garden ideas, or delicious garden ideas for the snack garden – there’s more to your home garden than just a few garden furniture in the barbecue area, the above-ground pool and a trampoline for the children! In this blog article we present special garden ideas and unusual decorations for the garden!

Beach in the garden with a beach chair as a maritime garden decoration

Ahoy sailors! For those who love the sea, a beach corner in the garden is a fantastic way to bring the beach home and is the ideal summer decoration for the garden. Of course you need sand for a beach corner, either you use sand from the hardware store in sandboxes, or you simply have some sand delivered to you. The feeling of walking barefoot on warm sand in summer is unbeatable. You can simply surround the “sandbox for adults” with wooden planks. A beach chair serves as seating, or a hammock can also be used for the South Sea beach area. Of course, maritime outdoor decorations also go well with the beach corner, such as shell decorations, maritime garden signs, wooden buoys to stand up and large stones. See paulfootwear for 15 great decoration trends for Christmas 2024.

Homemade maritime decorations for the garden

Maritime DIY decoration ideas with wooden trunks include “wooden trunk lighthouses”: Paint a wooden trunk with weatherproof colors like a lighthouse, a vintage lantern serves as a lighthouse light. You can paint pots and planters in your maritime garden corner with maritime patterns such as red and white stripes, anchors or fish. The beach corner can be perfectly surrounded with ornamental grasses that look like dune grass.

Mushroom patch for self-catering – grow edible mushrooms in the garden

Whether classic mushrooms, king oyster mushrooms or Asian shiitake – many edible mushrooms can be grown in the garden. Mushrooms on straw bales, mushrooms on logs, mushrooms in mushroom beds offer you regular collecting fun in the garden and the prey becomes a delicious mushroom dish. Mushrooms have a high fiber content, contain vitamin D and B group vitamins as well as healthy, plant-based protein. With a little skill, the delicious mushrooms will soon be growing in your garden!

Which mushrooms can be grown in the garden?

  • Growing mushrooms :Best in a mushroom bed with horse manure, lime and compost
  • Oyster mushrooms, lime mushrooms, rose mushrooms: These mushrooms can be grown on bales of straw or on tree trunks, for example
  • Growing king oyster mushroom :The fungus, which is native to southern Europe, actually prefers to grow on the roots of certain herbs, but the fungus also thrives here in Germany on substrate blocks made from straw pellets or sawdust.
  • Growing Shiitake :Grows on hardwoods such as oak, beech or maple
  • Hedgehog beard, Lionsmane: The strange-looking hedgehog beard is considered particularly healthy. It grows on the wood of oak, common beech, walnut or apple trees; an alternative is ready-made substrate blocks
  • Parasol: The impressive Parasol mushroom likes to grow in the meadow

Nostalgic pavilion – perfect as a shabby chic garden decoration!

It doesn’t always have to be the model “Square, practical, good” – a pavilion made of metal or wood with a shabby chic finish becomes a great vintage garden decoration to match the country house decoration in the garden, the shabby chic, the royal core or the dark academia aesthetic. The pavilion becomes a cozy seating area in the garden, perfect for a relaxed afternoon coffee with friends, with delicious cupcakes on the cake stand. or to read a book in peace.

Arcade in the garden – romantic garden decoration

An arbor in the garden is a great decoration idea for outside and goes perfectly with French decoration in the garden and, depending on the vegetation, also with Mediterranean garden decoration. An arcade is not only suitable for huge gardens, you can also decorate the corridor from the carport to the front door in an enchanting way. As a basic structure for the aisle, several rose arches in a row or an elongated pergola are possible options, which you can then leave to grow over with your favorite plants.

Which plants for the arbor?

Climbing roses: Beguiling scent, romantic flowers: Climbing roses and rambler roses fit perfectly with garden decoration in the English or French country house style. Especially when open-flowering roses are used, the aisle becomes particularly bee-friendly.

Wine: An arbor can also be decorated with wine. Should it be ornamental wine, or do you want to harvest delicious grapes in autumn ? No matter which variant you ultimately choose – both varieties impress with their great play of colors throughout the year!

Vegetables : You’ll feel like you’re in the land of milk and honey with an arbor covered in vegetable plants! Suitable vegetables include cucumbers, Mexican mini cucumbers, climbing zucchini, climbing beans, runner beans and runner beans. Luffa cucumbers for loofah sponges and birdhouse calabashes for vegetation in the aisle provide great materials for DIY projects.

You can find more ideas for your arbor in our blog article “ 10 great climbing plants and climbing plants as greenery and privacy protection ”.

Upcycling ideas for the garden: garden ideas with pallets and more

Not everything always has to be thrown away: the old enamel bucket becomes a plant pot for daisies, the old wheelbarrow is planted with great flowering plants, the old wine barrel or the old bathtub becomes a mini pond – discarded items that no longer fulfill their actual purpose with upcycling to create cool garden decorations.

Garden Bar: A bar in the garden

The nearest bar is too far away, you prefer to party with your neighbors anyway and you know cool tricks for mixing delicious drinks and have you always wanted to have your own bar? For experienced bartenders and cocktail lovers, a bar in the garden is a great summer garden idea! With a little skill, you can build a pallet bar out of old pallets; corrugated iron of the right size or plywood sheets with roofing felt can be used as a roof. Mini refrigerators for the garden are now also available. All that’s missing are the bar chairs and a string of lights for lighting, a self-painted bar sign – the arbor, or rather the garden bar, is ready!

Vertical garden with pallets

With garden tiles, a staple gun, some paint, potting soil and a few plants, you can easily build a vertical bed for the house facade. In addition to flowering plants, succulents such as sedum, houseleek and stonecrop are also an option for the hanging garden as native succulents. It becomes delicious with strawberry plants in the palette; monthly strawberries and wild strawberries bear fruit even more often than other strawberry plants.

Build a pallet raised bed with an insect hotel

A pallet raised bed with an insect hotel provides us with vegetables, or a raised flower bed and a habitat for insects such as bees and bumblebees. With the first variant, you simply stack a few pallets on top of each other, screw them together with a few screws and place a flat wooden box on top that is planted with local succulents. The holes in the pallets are filled with larger stones, twigs, bamboo sticks, wooden boards and burlap, creating an insect mega hotel! In the second variant, the pallets are set up, screwed together, covered from the inside with garden fleece or pond liner (stackering) and then filled with twigs, compost and soil. You can build the side compartments into shelves using additional wood and fill them with bamboo, stones, etc.

Creating a Benje hedge: close to nature and insect-friendly

The so-called Benje hedge offers shelter for insects, small reptiles and amphibians and is an elegant way to use tree cuttings for upcycling – ideal as a nature-friendly garden idea. Drive a few stakes into the ground in double rows with a hammer and then layer your tree cuttings and brushwood between the stakes, slightly offset so that the branches don’t fall out. The Benje hedge can also be used as a privacy screen and windbreak in the garden. The NDR article “ Creating a Benje hedge and composting green waste ” shows exactly how to create a Benje hedge and what needs to be taken into account.

Swimming ponds and natural pools

A chlorinated pool is not the right thing for everyone in the garden. Swimming ponds and natural pools do without complex technology and, thanks to the lack of chlorine and beautiful aquatic plants such as water lilies and water lilies, offer a habitat for amphibians and water-loving insects such as dragonflies and a place for us to enjoy the cool water in summer. Overall, natural pools and swimming ponds fit more harmoniously into the natural garden than conventional pools. Cleaning the pool and maintaining chemical balance is regulated by aquatic plants and microorganisms – this is why natural pools are both cheaper to operate and less expensive to maintain.

Overgrown fences and walls for the cottagecore garden

Actually, overgrown fences and walls are not a particularly special garden idea, but when you walk through the neighborhood you will increasingly only see dreary steel mesh fences with plastic privacy screens. Walls with vegetation offer significant visual added value compared to modern fences. With the right vegetation of roses, clematis or vines, romantically decorated corners can be created in the garden. Add a pretty bench, a bit of lavender and the beautiful seating area in the garden is ready. Perfect for the country house style garden or cottagecore aesthetic. You can find more ideas for the Cottagecore garden in our blog article “ 10 Tips: How to design your garden in the Cottage-Core style!” “.

Japanese garden, Japanese garden corner

Whether the Zen garden in the courtyard or the large Japanese garden in the large green area: Japanese horticultural art is simply beautiful! Japanese Japanese maple, cut Japanese black pine, ponds and gravel, small shrines, tori gates and large stones embellish the Japanese garden. Japanese gardens are highly aesthetic, convey peace and reflection, and every garden feature fulfills a purpose. In the MDR YouTube video “ Japanese Inspired Gardens ” you will find ideas for your Japan garden.

The more green, the better: vegetated canopies and canopies

Green roofs have many advantages: They prevent rain from simply evaporating, they provide space for insect plants, they ensure a better climate in the neighborhood, they generate oxygen and absorb CO² and air pollutants and even absorb sound. In the city of Bremen it even becomes law : new flat roofs of more than 100m² must be covered with greenery in the Hanseatic city in the future. If the statics allow it, carports and flat shed roofs can be covered in large areas of greenery, for example with undemanding plants such as native succulents, but also with wildflowers. If there is any uncertainty regarding the statics or if the roof is not flat, climbing and climbing plants are a great way to add greenery to canopies and garden sheds.

Outdoor kitchen: Clay oven in the garden for homemade pizza and homemade bread

Clay ovens and stone ovens have been around for thousands of years. Before electricity and gas were used for baking, the wood-burning oven was the oven of choice. As a complement to the grill and plancha, a clay oven is a great addition to the outdoor kitchen! The real authentic taste of wood-baked baked goods from all over the world is inimitable. You can find great recipes for pizza and bread in the excellent baking blog “ Plötzblog ” by the respected baking enthusiast Lutz Geißler. You can find building instructions for a clay oven at LLOF.

Mosaic walls and mosaic floors

Shards of tiles, ceramics and glass become true works of art: mosaic walls simply look great! Walls with mosaics look great as a boundary from the terrace to the rest of the garden, or as a decorative garden boundary to the neighbor! Old tiles etc. are given a second life and we are happy about a very specially designed garden wall. Mosaic artists and tilers can also build mosaic walls that transition into benches. Mosaic art also goes very well with oriental decoration in the garden, or with Mediterranean garden decoration.

Summer cinema: Garden cinema outside in the garden

A great summer idea for the garden is the outdoor cinema. When the sun slowly sets in the evening, the garden becomes a cinema! Regardless of whether it’s a cult film or a series finale: the streaming service or the Blu-ray collection will certainly provide exciting viewing pleasure.

What do you need for an outdoor cinema?

  • A beamer or projector
  • A laptop, DVD player or rolls of film
  • Speaker or Bluetooth speaker
  • A power connection
  • A white house facade, a screen or a white bed sheet for projecting
  • Seating such as chairs, garden loungers, or cushions and blankets
  • Drinks and snacks, such as popcorn and nachos

Garden without lawn – alternative to lawn

Who said every garden needs a lawn? What should happen if you forego the absolute standard vegetation in the garden and someone calls the garden police? A garden without lawn is possible. Maybe the constant mowing and watering is too strenuous for you, without children or dogs in the house you don’t need an area to run around in? Lawns can then give way to other vegetation. Here are a few alternatives to lawn:

Green ground cover: Hardy ivy and the small evergreen are robust and grow quickly. The evergreen blooms from April to September.

Fragrant lawn: Thyme is a nice alternative to lawn for poor, sandy and dry soils. It takes some time to spread out, but then it is firm. Its cute purple flowers attract bumblebees and butterflies and thyme is a welcome spice in the kitchen. If the ground is not to be walked on, lavender is also a great plant to green a larger area.

Mint: Great as a spice, healthy as a tea, delicious in a mojito or in a homemade mint liqueur – mint grows like a weed. If the lawn alternative is not to be walked on anyway, mint is also a fast-growing ground cover. There are now countless types of mint available in garden shops: peppermint, spearmint, strawberry mint, pineapple mint, chocolate mint, polei mint, nana mint, catnip. Lemon balm has roughly the same soil requirements as mint and therefore also fits in a mint bed. Bonus: Mint is insect friendly.

Ferns and moss in the forest garden : Moss? Moss is strictly forbidden in the garden? Wrong thought! Moss only takes up a gap where lawns have a hard time due to a lack of nutrients. Especially in shady gardens, a combination of different types of ferns, moss and forest plants such as wild strawberries or forest forget-me-nots is a great alternative to boring grass.

Wildflower meadow: Mow once a year is enough. A wildflower meadow is easier to maintain than an ordinary lawn. Lean meadows do not need to be fertilized or specially watered and provide a home for insects and small local animals.

Clover: Clover looks great and feels great on your feet. White clover does not grow particularly tall and is more or less self-sufficient when it comes to fertilization: clover simply collects the necessary nitrogen from the air. Clover flowers are visited by bees and bumblebees and spread a great scent in the garden when they are in bloom.

Succulents and rock gardens: For particularly poor and chalky garden soil, rock gardens (not gravel gardens!) with native succulents such as houseleek and sedum are an alternative to watering-intensive lawns. Nabu explains the difference between gravel gardens and rock gardens.

A strawberry field: Strawberries are prolific, to say the least. It suits us as a lawn alternative because strawberry plants multiply quite quickly. Strawberry flowers are popular with insects. It’s best to plant the strawberries in autumn, as the plants usually only bear fruit in the second year. The strawberries are simply fertilized with fine compost in spring and autumn.

Garden without lawn