At Neptune, we talk a lot about seeing your garden as another room of your home. You might have noticed how we’ll suggest activity after activity that can be spent in your great outdoors so that it can be used to its fullest potential.
One of the clever things that we can do to help our gardens along is ‘zoning’. While it may sound like a new-fangled game of sorts, or a kind of outdoor meditation, zoning is in fact nothing new. This design practice has long been popular in open-plan spaces, but in the realm of interiors more so than our exterior worlds. In our gardens though, it’s a technique that still feels a bit overlooked.
Quite simply, zoning is about separating a space into different areas (or zones) according to their function. It makes the layout more thought-out. It makes things feel more organised. It’s simply a way to make the most of every inch.
You don’t need a big garden to zone it. A large garden might only have two zones or it might have ten, but equally a small courtyard garden has the potential to have more than a few zoned sections. Below, we’ve suggested some of the areas that you might like to make room for in your outside spaces, so that you can see past the turf and beyond the paving to something so much more exciting and inviting...