Best Garden Layouts: 25 Free Garden Design Ideas and Plans

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If you’re constructing a new patio, create a planting bed as part of the patio to define the space and make it feel more like an outdoor room.

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garden plans in annual and perennial flower bed with white chair in our garden in the northwest usIllustration by Michael A. Hill

Say hello to the potager of our dreams, designed by renowned gardener Jon Carloftis. Overflowing with amazing edible plants handpicked by some of the nation’s best chefs, this brings new meaning to farm-to-table dining because it’s your own backyard!

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Why plant new flowers every year? By incorporating perennials, which return for many years, you’ll be able to build a garden that will need little care from you to bloom.

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free kitchen garden planIllustration by Michael A. Hill
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garden plans in annual and perennial flower bed with white chair in our garden in the northwest us
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Sometimes the only way to grow is up! Vining plants add interest and also can provide screening and privacy on a deck or patio. Vines in pots work just as well as those planted in beds.

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garden plans in annual and perennial flower bed with white chair in our garden in the northwest usIllustration by Allison Langton

Sean Conway’s got nothing against flowers, but it’s the garden designer’s way with foliage that makes his Rhode Island spread sing.

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Even if your space is limited, you can grow herbs right outside your door. Assemble a collection of pots and plant the herbs that you use most often, as well as some varieties that are less familiar to you (you may discover a new fave!). Plant both annual and perennial herbs for a good mix year after year.

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garden plans in annual and perennial flower bed with white chair in our garden in the northwest usIllustration by Michelle Buchard

How about perking up that drab Zone 5 to 8 patio or terrace with a sundial and some compact flowering plants? All you have to do is remove a few of the pavers and plant a few sprawling perennials.

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garden plan in annual and perennial flower bed with white chair in our garden in the northwest us
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Every garden needs roses! And they’re not as fussy as you might suspect. New shrub types are hardy and more disease-resistant so they’re perfect even for beginners.

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garden plans in annual and perennial flower bed with white chair in our garden in the northwest usIllustration by Michelle Buchard

This small water feature is suitable for a Zone 6 to 9 residential garden in the city or suburbs, where it could be placed on a deck, terrace, or patio.

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Does your garden lack color during the leafless season? Trees and shrubs with interesting or peeling bark make a great addition to your landscape.

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free cottage garden planIllustration by Michelle Buchard

This Zone 5 to 8 garden integrates charming old-time annuals and perennials, herbs, and flowering shrubs to produce a simple, informal display that provides plenty of flowers for cutting.

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fall cutting garden plan
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Nothing dresses up a home like fresh flowers, and growing them yourself is a fun bonus. This small raised-bed cutting garden will provide cut flowers for weeks and weeks.

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Nothing’s more refreshing after a long, dark winter than greeting spring with bright and cheery flowering bulbs. Plant them in fall for a show next spring. You also can plant in pots if you have limited space.

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fall decorating garden plan
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Tired of having to buy all the items you need to craft natural seasonal decorations? Why not take some space in your garden and grow your own autumn plantings?

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Forget about boring foundation plantings. Dress up your front yard with a mixed border of annuals, perennials and shrubs.

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