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Getting Started – Creating your Perfect Outdoor Area

Do you wish you had a garden to enjoy during the summer months, for outdoor dining or for children to play safely? The idea of revamping your garden can be exciting but where do you start?

Take a look at our hints and tips for getting your new garden project underway.


Find inspiration for the style of garden you like – browse magazines, Pinterest, Instagram and create a ‘My Favourites’ folder using Tobermore’s inspiration gallery.  Do you prefer modern and minimalist with straight lines or a more traditional cottage garden style with curved lines and soft planting?  Your Favourites section will allow you to save all the projects you love to the once place.

My Favourites


Do you want an area for entertaining?
Paving slabs/flags provide the perfect patio area for garden furniture for outdoor dining and entertaining.  Perhaps consider the Tobermore EasyClean range – EasyClean paving resists staining from infiltrating the paving surface so that spills can be simply wiped away.


Think about who will be using your garden
Do you need a play area for children or grandchildren? And do you need to consider an area for animals? You may want to screen off unsightly items such as an oil tank, coal bunker or bins


Think about creating a feature or focal point?
Why not think about including a feature such as a circle in your paving, a path, or create a fire pit using Tobermore’s Secura Lite walling.


Are you looking to include some floral features in your garden?
Incorporate some raised beds which can be easily constructed using Tobermore’s walling range. This will also help add colour and character to your outside space.


Will your area be used to park a car or just as a garden patio?
This will help you decide which hard landscaping products are most suitable for your project; for driveways use block paving, for patios you can use block paving or patio flags. The choice is yours!  Try our free Paving Creator tool which will help you to select, compare and visualise the best Tobermore products within a range of applications.


What can I do with a small garden?
There are lots of options to make the most of a small garden. You can make a feature of your garden path by upgrading it with some decorative paving. Consider linking paths and steps within your garden to create unique areas of interest.  To discover more small garden ideas read our blog on ‘Design Inspiration for Small Gardens.’


I don’t know where to start!
Book a consultation with a Tobermore Landscape Designer who will help bring ideas and inspiration into your outdoor project plans. We have created a range of packages to suit all projects and budgets.  To view our Landscape Design Packages and to book a Tobermore Landscape Design Consultation visit here.

About the Author: 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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