Classic al fresco dining
For a classic look, surround decking with raised beds to create an al fresco dining area — wooden boards are a more garden-friendly option than stone or concrete because they allow water to run through to the soil. Emphasise the length of your garden with narrow boards running end to end.
Soften the hard edges of your decking with an abundance of pretty flowers and herbs that creep right up to the door. Floating steps made out of the same material create continuity between the two levels and add a note of fun by bridging the water feature below.
Use your decking as way of introducing another colour element into your garden scheme. There are plenty of products that can be used to stain wood, such as Ultra Tough Decking Stain from Cuprinol, shown here. Think about how the colour you choose will work with the rest of your garden — here, the stain is echoed in the fencing, wall and furniture, to tie the whole look together.
Deck planning and design
Make a visual feature out of decking as well as a practical one and mix boards of varying widths and styles to create a unique design. Learn how to install your own at one of B&Q’s DIY classes; you can gain hands-on practice together with advice on planning and design.
Add interest to a decked area by replacing classic wooden boards with attractive tiles such as these bamboo ones, which give the impression of a blanket spread next to the greenery. Planting begins right next to the edge of the decking to create a relaxed, open look.
Professional decking design
A combination of painted decking, slatted trellising and poured concrete creates an interesting textural effect in this town garden, that is unified by the use of the same pale paint throughout and a table that echoes its surroundings. To replicate the look, be sure to work with a professional designer from the outset.
Decking does not necessarily have to be attached to the house. Buy a freestanding kit such as this one, and create a secluded, multi-functional area at the bottom of your garden. The inclusion of a pergola will give your garden structure and another focal point, while providing practical support for climbing plants and an attractive canopy to sit under when the plants are in flower.
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