3 Free Ways to Kick Start Your Garden Design Project (Plus One Low-Cost Way)

By Orla McGoldrick
3 min read

Getting started is undoubtedly the hardest part of any garden design project. There’s so much to consider – from planting to paving and everything in between – and it can quickly become overwhelming.

The best way to start is by planning your hard landscaping. With this considered, you can work with the space that’s left to plan your planting and other garden features.

And the great news is that there are lots of free tools, services and resources available to help you get started with planning your dream paving and new garden design.

Here are four from Tobermore, perfect for helping you get started with that garden renovation or revamp.


Use a garden design visualisation tool on your mobile phone

Picture It is a free tool that uses augmented reality technology to help you visualise new paving in your garden on your mobile phone. It’s one of the easiest, quickest and most accurate ways to get a picture of what your new paving will look like.

It really is very easy to use, in just three simple steps. First, you’ll need to head outside with your mobile phone and open the Picture It tool on the Tobermore website.. Next, take a picture of your outdoor space. Then, in the Picture It tool, simply choose from the range of Tobermore paving products to see how they look in your garden. You can even switch between different colours and laying patterns in a single tap

Cost: Free


Book a garden project consultation session

If you want to go a step further, why not book a free consultation session with a Tobermore landscape designer?

We offer 30-minute virtual sessions, during which you can discuss your thoughts and ideas with a professional designer and get their expert advice on paving, planting and more. All you need to do beforehand is provide a brief for your project, some photos of your outdoor space and some measurements of the area.

Following the consultation session, your designer will send you a hand-drawn sketch of the design ideas you discussed, including Tobermore products, colours and more.

Cost: Free


An easy and quick way to get inspiration for your outdoor space is by simply browsing a photo gallery of completed projects. It’s a great way to kick-start your garden design project.

Online resources such as Pinterest or Instagram, as well as gardening magazines, are a great place to look for inspiration. But don’t forget Tobermore has a huge collection of project photos that you can browse freely too. And with our ‘My Favourites’ tool, you can easily save the images you like and refer back to them later .

Do you prefer modern and minimalist with straight lines or a more traditional cottage garden style with curved lines and soft planting?  Your ‘My Favourites’ section will allow you to save all the projects you love in one place.

Cost: Free


Get garden designs and layouts drawn up

If you’d prefer to have a professional design or layout drawn up by a landscape designer, Tobermore can help. Using photos of your outdoor space, our paving and walling experts can produce a visualisation of your new Tobermore patio paving or driveway.











All you need to do is send us a photo of your outdoor space, add a description of your project and choose the Tobermore products and your preferred colours. Within 10 working days you’ll receive a personalised visualisation of your new paving which you can then take to your paving contractor.

Cost: £25

Visualise your paving choices before you buy

Use our paving visualisation service to get a computer generated image of your new paving at your property.

Orla McGoldrick

Orla is the Consumer Marketing Manager at Tobermore. Her role involves developing and delivering marketing campaigns for the retail market across NI/ROI and GB.

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