Decking Ideas

As we head towards Autumn and Winter, hard landscaping becomes the focus of gardens. If you are planning a decked area in your garden, here are some design tips for adding interest. For more ideas, see my Ideabook on Houzz, or my Pinterest Board.


If your deck involves different levels, use these to create extra areas such as seating and planted areas. This deck has planted, raised beds which provide a lovely backdrop to seating built in the same wood as the decking.


Use decking to provide extra seating and break up different levels with plants instead of hard edges. Think about the shape of the plants to give variety, for example, spiky grasses, chunky succulents and rounded box edged with trailing ivy make an interesting scheme. Keeping all the plants evergreen provides year round cover.
Soften the edges of a deck and define a seating area with evergreen plants.
Instead of using railings all the way around your deck, make one wall into a raised seating area. Great, weatherproof extra seating.
This deck uses the decking wood to create a seat on one side and a raised bed on the other with not a post or rail in sight, very neat!
Planting has been used to define this decking area and also to prevent people from walking off the edge! It means there is nothing to detract from the wonderful view.
A deck can look like a vast, uninteresting expanse of wood. Use plants to break the area up and create beds as you would in a lawned garden. Make your deck into an extension of your house by thinking of it as another room. Here, comfortable seating , a coffee table and an open fire make this outdoor room come to life and feel cosy.
Do you have any of your own decking ideas?

My name is Caroline Sutton and I'm a wife and mother of 3 children, passionate about food, keeping me and my family healthy, gorgeous interiors and shopping! I have a degree in Biochemistry and Pharmacology and continue to be interested in the science behind diet and drugs. I also have a Diploma and City and Guilds in Interior Design and for the last 17 years have run a property company which develops, redevelops and manages rental properties: Sunlight Properties Ltd.

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