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Garden zoning – Everything you need to know

It’s probably safe to say that the vast majority of us love spending time in our gardens. At the first sight of sunshine, we’re out there making the most of it! Whether it’s to be used for stress relief, doing a spot of home exercise or even a place for the kids to run around and burn off some energy.

Optimising your space with garden zoning can help make sure you are utilising every bit of space you have. Take a look at some of our ideas on what you can do with yours.

Alfresco dining

Do you have an area dedicated to dining for those date nights or garden parties? Try adding in hedges or tall planters to add beauty and texture whilst simultaneously helping to absorb noise. Perfect to keep away the noise of the outside world (or help to absorb yours if your parties are a little on the noisy side!).

Some evergreens we recommend are eucalyptus, bamboo and certain types of magnolia such as the Magnolia Grandiflora – these have the added bonus of beautiful flowers too. If you want something a bit thicker and more substantial, conifers work perfectly too and can get incredibly tall for added privacy.

Breathing space

Sometimes, we could do with a little bit of a breather. It can be easy to create an area in your garden for some much needed zen, such as by using pergolas, canopies or gazebos. Having a space finished with furnishings such as rugs and cushions can make for the perfect place to take a breath.

Is your garden on the smaller side? You could always use an arbour. These are effectively small seated areas with a roof.

Kids area

Maybe you need a small dedicated area for your little ones? Using lattice panelling can create an area especially for them without it imposing on the rest of the garden. The sun will stream through and it can be used as an educational opportunity by growing plants against it. Alternatively, you could install a planter and grow some herbs or even a few vegetables in there!

The lattice panelling can be finished with a wood oil finish such as Owatrol Textrol for a more natural finish. Or, if you’re looking for a more fun place for the kids, you could jazz it up with a fun paint colour instead. Our Shed & Fence paint is available in 35 colours! If you’re struggling to decide on a colour, we offer free colour cards to help you narrow it down. We also offer samples with free next-day delivery when ordered before 3pm – and if you buy 1 colour sample you get the rest for 50% off!


Arguably one of the most important aspects of garden zoning is having an area of privacy for some peace and quiet. One of the best ways to achieve this is with the use of fences. They are great for helping to deflect sound whilst also preventing you from being overlooked. Using a solid style will offer the maximum effect.

If you want some privacy but don’t want to block everything out, or if your budget won’t allow for big chunky fences, you could instead use wire fencing. This is a great, quick and easy option that will not only offer privacy but also add security to your garden. You could then trail evergreen plants such as ivy to help beautify the area. Or you could opt for a deciduous climber with pretty flowers such as clematis or wisteria.


Another really great way to help with garden zoning is through the use of organisation. You don’t have to have a huge shed taking up half your garden either. A simple garden storage box might be perfectly suitable for a lawn mower and a couple of odd tools.

Even just a small area to store bicycles or kids’ outdoor toys will make all the difference.

So there you have it, we hope you found our garden zoning ideas helpful.

If you have any other tips, tricks or advice, please feel free to leave them in the comments below. We love hearing from you!

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