The Art of Great Garden Design: Segregation and Zones

Whatever size or shape garden you have, segregating different areas to create unique zones and spaces is fundamental to great garden design.

Here we give you some ideas on how you can segregate your garden using a variety of Ruby products to get quick and easy solutions.


Why segregate garden in the first place?


Functionality in garden: By segregating your garden, you can assign different areas for various activities. Whether it's a space for relaxation, dining, gardening, or play, each zone is optimized for its intended purpose.

Aesthetics in garden: Zoning your garden allows you to create visually appealing areas with unique themes or styles. This diversity adds interest and depth to your outdoor space, making it more visually engaging.

Privacy in garden: Strategic zoning can provide privacy in areas where you want to escape from prying eyes. Use tall plants, screens, or fences to create secluded retreats within your garden.

Improved Maintenance in garden: Smaller, well-defined zones are easier to maintain and care for. You can focus your efforts on specific areas, ensuring they always look their best.  


How to Zone your Garden and What to Use  

Below, are some key steps on how to zone your garden and some ideas of what materials Ruby can supply to help you get started.

How to Zone your Garden: 

Flow in a garden is important and for segregation to be effective you need to think about some of the following:

Planning is key to great garden segregation. The initial planning stages are therefore highly important. Thinking about how many zones, what you want and where to put them in the space you have available is worth taking your time over.

Drawing a plan of your garden and where you are placing the zones will help you ascertain what you can fit and provides a great starting point.  

Once you've got your plan, researching and creating mood boards and gathering design ideas that you might like to incorporate is a great idea. You can then create shopping lists from these and this also helps you stick to your budget.

What to Use to Zone your Garden:                                                                                          

When Zoning your garden, the key design concepts to bear in mind are how and where you will segregate your garden. For instance, below shows an area that is defined by some slatted panels creating a stylish backdrop. Don't forget to take into account what areas in your garden get sun and at what times. This can be an important design consideration. Explore our different slatted panel options below:

 

Using Decking for Garden Segregation

Another idea is to use decking for segregation. By creating different levels in your garden you can split areas up and make unique spaces. Decking provides a non-vertical, quick and easy solution. For instance the photograph below shows a simple but effective way of establishing an entertaining area. At Ruby we not only offer Decking boards but Decking Kits as a quick and easy option too.

 

Wooden Planters for Garden Seperation

At Ruby we have a whole range of styles and sizes. If you can't find the size you need, we can also make to your required measurements. Made from Decking boards, Loglap, Cedar or Larch, you are bound to find a style that suits your space.

Raised Decking Beds for Garden Seperation

Use for creating a barrier around an area whilst also planting flowers or vegetables within them. The beauty of Planters / Raised Beds means they are mobile, so you can move them around and create different spaces with ease.

Hazel Hurdle for Garden Seperation

Ruby's Hazel Hurdles provide a natural rustic feel for screening. They are ideal for creating boundaries for vegetable patches and decking areas. We love the versatility they offer - they can either blend in with their surroundings, for instance in a cottage garden or they can provide an interesting contrast for a contemporary garden.

Trellis Panel for Garden Seperation

Trellis can be an effective yet simple solution. Letting light through and ideal for growing climbing plants like Clematis and Roses against it. Trellis can provide not only a quick and easy boundary between garden areas, but a cost effective one too. Ruby also do a Planter and Trellis Combo which offers a great mobile screening option.


Zone Ideas for Your Garden

Now, let's explore some practical garden zones you can consider incorporating into your outdoor space. You don't have to do them all, but even by choosing a couple of them, you can add interest and intrigue to the most boring of outdoor spaces!

 

Outdoor Living Room in Garden

Create a cozy seating area with comfortable furniture, outdoor rugs, and soft lighting. This zone is perfect for relaxation, socializing, or reading a book on a lazy afternoon. Ruby's Decking can help with building this zone. Choose your colour scheme and paint your decking to suit. Every great garden design should have an inviting seating area where you can kick back and relax after a hard day's work!

Dining Oasis

If you have children or grandchildren, a play zone with swings, a sandbox, or a playhouse can keep them entertained for hours. Ruby offer a great range of Sawn and Planed timber to get you started. Ensure it's visible from other areas of the garden or house for safety. Also if you want to segregate it from the rest of your garden, Ruby's Picket Pales are an ideal solution for picket fence building, If you want to save time, buy our ready-made Picket Panels.

Play Zone in Garden

Cultivate a kitchen garden for growing herbs, vegetables, and fruits. Ruby's Raised Beds or Planters can help segregate this area while providing easy access for gardening tasks. Even if you are tight for space, just one raised bed can provide you with quite a bit of Veg!

Grow your own Kitchen Ingredients

Cultivate a kitchen garden for growing herbs, vegetables, and fruits. Ruby's Raised Beds or Planters can help segregate this area while providing easy access for gardening tasks. Even if you are tight for space, just one raised bed can provide you with quite a bit of Veg!

Tranquil water Zone in Garden

If you have children or grandchildren, a play zone with swings, a sandbox, or a playhouse can keep them entertained for hours. Ruby offer a great range of Sawn and Planed timber to get you started. Ensure it's visible from other areas of the garden or house for safety. Also if you want to segregate it from the rest of your garden, Ruby's Picket Pales are an ideal solution for picket fence building, If you want to save time, buy our ready-made Picket Panels. 

Create Wildlife Haven in your Garden

Designate an area for outdoor dining, complete with a dining table, chairs, and perhaps a barbecue or outdoor kitchen. Surround this zone with fragrant herbs or colourful flowers to enhance the dining experience. A Pergola is often a great addition in this area too - Ruby offer a range of Pergolas to suit your needs.


In conclusion, segregating and zoning your garden is more than just a landscaping strategy; it's an art form that transforms your outdoor space into a multifaceted paradise. By carefully planning and designing these distinct areas, you'll create a garden that's not only visually stunning but also functional and harmonious. So, roll up your sleeves, get creative, and watch your garden flourish in a new light!  

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