Top 5 Timber Garden Design Features

What Your Garden Needs

Your garden is an extension of your home and, just as your home wouldn't be the same without a few essentials (a sofa, a bed, a dining table, to name a few), your garden won't be the same without the following Top 5 Garden Essentials. And, being experts in all things timber, we're showing you the wooden garden essentials, of course..


1. A Garden Shed

Taking care of meticulously planned out borders, carefully designed lawns and quirky ornaments requires at least a few pieces of gardening equipment. Unless you want incessant complaints from your significant other, it’s probably worth investing in a proper storage solution for these tools, rather than carefully balancing them behind the back door (a disaster waiting to happen). A wooden shed is the answer.

Perfect for storing tools and children’s toys, or even acting as a tranquil spot within which to relax after a hard day’s work, every garden needs a shed. Metal and plastic are great, but there’s something quintessentially British about a traditional wooden shed. Plus, a wooden garden building will match our next garden essential brilliantly.

Click on the images below or the link for some superb sheds.

 8x6 Forest Overlap Pent Wooden Shed12x8 Forest Overlap Apex Wooden Shed16x8 Champion Combination Workshop with Log Store

2. Fencing

Every masterpiece needs a suitable frame - your garden should be no different - and wooden fencing provides just that. Ensure your garden looks polished and professional by matching the style of your plants and decor with appropriate fence panels. For example, if you live in an older property, and your outdoor space features plenty of cottage garden flowers like roses, hollyhocks, and foxgloves, traditional panels such as featheredge and picket would be best suited. Alternatively, if you prefer contemporary, minimalistic aesthetics, more modern options like our paloma fence panels may be a superior choice.

Of course, the main benefits of a solid run of garden fencing are practical. A sturdy, robust garden fence improves security and privacy. Furthermore, pressure treated panels require no maintenance, quite the opposite to hedges - the garden boundary alternative. Wouldn’t you rather take a few hours to erect a substantial fence, built to last for over 15 years without further input from you, than slave away each year pruning and trimming a (probably dying) hedge? We thought so.

Click on the images below or the link for fantastic fencing.

 6ft Forest Pressure Treated Featheredge Panel3ft High Heavy Duty Pressure Treated Picket PanelPaloma Screen Fencing Panel

3. Decking

Everybody knows that us Brits take any opportunity to indulge in a little alfresco dining at the slightest hint of summery weather. Rather than placing your expensive outdoor furniture on the grass - where it will, most probably, be sinking into the sodden ground caused by last night’s downpour, why not consider some decking? Durable and hard wearing, decking is the perfect place to situate a barbecue and outdoor furniture primed for entertaining family and friends.

 8x8 Forest Small Pergola Deck KitForest Ridged Deck Tile (4 Pack)8x8 Forest Patio Deck Kit

4. Outdoor Furniture

Rattan, metal and plastic are all superb outdoor furniture options, don’t get me wrong, but there is something undoubtedly attractive and nostalgic about a set of wooden furniture; isn’t there? For instance, a simple picnic table could bring back fond memories of a childhood spent playing in the countryside, before sitting down to munch on jam sandwiches, space raiders and those little boxes of raisins for lunch.

Of course, the natural look and feel of wooden garden furniture blends in beautifully with the rest of your garden, especially if you’ve taken our advice on the previous three garden essentials.

Click on the images below or the link for outstanding outdoor furniture.

Forest Thetford Love SeatRowlinson Plumley Patio Set 1.8m Forest Circular Picnic Table


5. Arbours, Pergolas, & Arches

Our previous four essentials are obvious, most gardens will contain similar items. But, how then, do you separate your garden from the rest? How do you take your garden from a pleasant but basic, stereotypical outdoor space, to an awe-inspiring, envy-ensuing work of art? It’s simple; just install an arbour, pergola, or an arch. Any of these incredible structures offer a certain je ne sais quoi; a hint of style, class, and personality.

An arch or pergola adorned with climbing plants beautifully marks the entrance to a garden pathway; an arbour offers a romantic, secluded spot where one can immerse oneself in a captivating novel or relax with a partner. Whichever option you choose for your garden, one thing is for certain: you’re bound to be inundated with enthusiastic questions from friends, family, and neighbours alike - ‘where did you get that?’

Click on the images or link for amazing arbours, pergolas and arches.


Forest Rustic Rose ArchForest Portofino ArbourForest Radial Pergola Kit

There you have it, our top five timber garden essentials. What do you think of our list? Is there anything you feel we ought to have included? Let us know in the comments section below - we’d love to hear your thoughts. And, if you’re interested in any of the items above, why not contact our friendly customer service team? We’re always happy to help.