Garden Design Ideas

Get Inspired by Gardens on Houzz

A lot of the time when you get home from a long day at work, all you want to do is wind down. Where better to do this than in your very own garden at home? If you do it right, a great garden design can send you right into holiday mode. But where to start?

There’s so many styles to choose from when it comes to garden design. Whether you want to create a tropical, modern, contemporary, beach style or country garden - or something else entirely - the large garden image gallery on Houzz has got you covered. Get inspired and collect your ideas to narrow down your desired garden style and features.

How to Create a Garden for Your Home

Depending on which style you’re going for, be sure to know what makes a garden and if it’s appropriate for your climate. You may want to consider adding a deck or other landscaping features, but the plants you choose will mostly dictate your style and what kind of ongoing maintenance is required. Don’t worry if your backyard isn’t very spacious - there are many plants that can thrive even in a small space and allow you to turn your space into a little paradise of your own, regardless of size.

Decide which plants to use

The greenery you choose is critical to your look. For example, if you’re trying to create a tropical garden palm trees and bamboo are your go-to options. Other popular options are golden cane palm trees and fern for ground cover. From there you can add some colour with bright flowers like frangipani, hibiscus or bromeliads. All these are actually quite hardy plants, so once established, your tropical garden is actually quite easy to maintain.

Use this structure and apply it to your style. Research which plants you need to set your base for a garden and go from there.

Add some decor

If the plants don’t quite do it for you yet, or if you want to add some extra wow-factor, consider adding some extra features. Even if you can’t accommodate a swimming pool, hot tub or pond, you could look at smaller water features. Simple rocks can also have a great effect, while statues and gnomes will add some extra character.

Don’t forget to add some furniture so you have a nice place to sit and enjoy your garden!

Need some help?

Once you know what you want your garden to look like, it may be hard to make it a reality on your own. If that is the case for you, consider consulting a professional to help you with your garden design. Every photo you find on Houzz will lead you to the local pro that did the job, so you won’t have a problem picking the perfect person to help! Whether you need a gardener in Brisbane, a landscape architect in Melbourne or a fireplace installer in Sydney, you can be sure to find one on Houzz.

Matthew Densley
Nice set up - pauline_wabiwon

Paul Smith Images
Plants around bath be good around spa - guy_mcdougall


Barbecue area - stwoodfield

Tom Ferguson Photography

Fire - vanessatrent

Ben Wrigley
Side of house - solitude - gareth_dyson

Pilcher Residential
pavers in the grass - zokeli

This garden was transformed from a derelict overgrown space into a modern family entertainer. A dark grey coloured bluestone was used as paving at the front of the property to ground the space and respect the formality of the traditional façade of the house whilst providing a contemporary transition to the new renovation at the rear. New picket fencing and a sliding gate system complete the renovation and secure the additional off street parking. Traditional planting of Wisteria and Lavender frame the house whilst fresh looking Viburnum grows along the front boundary. The rear of the property is defined by an entertaining area with a large timber deck, floating built in bench seating and generous rear garden. The well-proportioned lawn is framed with layers of tropical planting providing a lush backdrop to the garden and privacy to the rear of the home.

Trusted home professionals turn ideas into reality

D-Max Photography
stucco colour! - kim_deck

Sam Noonan

Gerard Warrener, DPI
great way to add street appeal - roconnor123

Celebration Homes
white stones and mulching - lory_magday

Landscape design: Bayon Gardens Photography: Tim Turner


GRAB Photography
Like the tree on the left - guy_mcdougall

I like the idea of stone, garden and wooden panels in the window and door frames of your house - strathclyde