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.
Design ideas for a contemporary garden in Melbourne with a water feature.

Andrew Lecky
Design ideas for a contemporary garden in Melbourne with a water feature.
different fountain, awesome stack stone - 11jolo82

This is an example of a tropical front yard garden in Cairns with a garden path.

Photos by Louise Roche, of Villa Styling. Recycled timber arbor and entry path
This is an example of a tropical front yard garden in Cairns with a garden path.
Offset steppers and large steppers - beckjwood

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Photo of a large country side yard full sun formal garden in Other with gravel and a garden path.

DA Yates
Photo of a large country side yard full sun formal garden in Other with gravel and a garden path.

This is an example of a mid-sized traditional garden in Melbourne with a garden path and natural stone pavers.

This is an example of a mid-sized traditional garden in Melbourne with a garden path and natural stone pavers.
Like the tiles and the edge under the gutter - kathy_tenison

Photo of a contemporary backyard full sun garden in Melbourne with decking.

Selena McLaren
Photo of a contemporary backyard full sun garden in Melbourne with decking.
Set and steps intergrated - brian_george17

This is an example of a traditional formal garden in Sydney with a garden path and gravel.

This is an example of a traditional formal garden in Sydney with a garden path and gravel.
Nice and vintage style - masig9

Inspiration for a tropical courtyard full sun garden for summer in Cairns with a garden path.

Louise Roche - @villastyling
Inspiration for a tropical courtyard full sun garden for summer in Cairns with a garden path.
ELEGANTUL, interior air fresheners ARECA - claudia_cimpeanu01

Transitional garden in Perth.

As you enter this courtyard entrance it transitions you from a busy outside world into a world of peace, tranquility and privacy. Privacy that you welcome as you walk through a garden of greenery, straight though the glass front door and into a beauty of color. Its simple and inviting.
Secluded fence into a portico front door. - webuser_39760546910

Design ideas for a contemporary courtyard formal garden in Melbourne with a fire feature.

Design ideas for a contemporary courtyard formal garden in Melbourne with a fire feature.
make walls earth and have heaps of cacti - sacha_rees

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Inspiration for a mid-sized contemporary sloped partial sun garden in Other.

Shift of Focus
Inspiration for a mid-sized contemporary sloped partial sun garden in Other.

Design ideas for a beach style courtyard garden in Gold Coast - Tweed with a garden path and decking.

Fatfish Photography
Design ideas for a beach style courtyard garden in Gold Coast - Tweed with a garden path and decking.
Pool and exterior design - webuser_847581712

Photo of a contemporary backyard full sun garden in Melbourne with concrete pavers.

Tim Turner
Photo of a contemporary backyard full sun garden in Melbourne with concrete pavers.
Contrast between nandina and silver leaves - franule

Photo of a large country backyard xeriscape in Brisbane with a vegetable garden and mulch.

External & Landscape Works To 1930s Art Deco Queenslander
Photo of a large country backyard xeriscape in Brisbane with a vegetable garden and mulch.
enclosed veggie patch (possum proof?) - bluewool

Design ideas for a large transitional front yard full sun garden in Perth with natural stone pavers.

Distinctive Homes
Design ideas for a large transitional front yard full sun garden in Perth with natural stone pavers.
Good external colour palate. Monument black or slate blue for roof. White trimmings. Renderred walls. - webuser_512590821

Design ideas for a small contemporary backyard garden in Canberra - Queanbeyan with a water feature and decking.

Ben Wrigley
Design ideas for a small contemporary backyard garden in Canberra - Queanbeyan with a water feature and decking.
courtyard house design - edzhoy

Mid-sized contemporary backyard garden in Melbourne.

Dave Kulesza
Mid-sized contemporary backyard garden in Melbourne.
Texture and depth Plant Selection Colour palette - suzanne_mccorkell

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Design ideas for a contemporary partial sun formal garden in Sydney.

Design ideas for a contemporary partial sun formal garden in Sydney.
https://www.houzz.com.au/pro/tkdarchitects - BOH Design - Landscape - oliviastuckey

Inspiration for a traditional garden in Melbourne.

Inspiration for a traditional garden in Melbourne.
like the water fall - glenana