Among the largest historical gardens are those designed by Lancelot Capability Brown and by those whom he influenced. He was personally responsible for more than 170 large gardens which attached to the country houses and estates in Britain. On this page I will deal with large gardens but perhaps not on the scale of those undertaken by Capability Brown. 

So how do we decide what is a large garden? For the purpose of what we are doing here lets say that it is generally larger than the garden of a semi detached house. That leaves it pretty much wide open.

A photo of a large garden with many planting areas, pathways and enclosures.

Before starting to design your garden it is good to make a list of what you want to include in the space. It is probably easier to design a larger garden than to design a smaller one, the main reason being that you don’t need to limit yourself to too few elements. For instance you can have a pool and a patio, whereas in the smaller space you may need to limit yourself to just one of these or none at all.  

The following is a list that will help you to get started:


Practical Must-Haves

  • Parking
  • Shed and tool storage
  • Garage
  • Pathway to pedestrian entrance
  • Oil tank
  • Clothes drying 


Aesthetic and other Must-Haves

  • Pool
  • Sun terrace 
  • Shade terrace
  • Herb and vegetable garden
  • All year colour
  • BBQ & entertainment area
  • Play area

This type of garden can consist of one large space or it can be a series of interconnected spaces accessed by a series of pathways.  You pathways and other circulation areas such as lawns and terraces will help you to get from one space to the other.  This is where you really get a chance to employ some of the elements and principles of design, and you should start by going to my
design your garden page.