Good decking design. Its worth the spend – a garden art investment.

garden decking art




Decking red cedar


recycled decking with 3 olives

Images supplied by Templeman Harrison London Garden Design


Garden Beet adores decking. When designed and constructed well it can bring everyday joy and can become a piece of art for the garden .

If you are undergoing a garden redesign and would like a deck we recommend allocating a decent budget.

An upfront investment in a deck will reward you with a functional outdoor space that also provides a beautiful, artful setting for your house and garden.

If budget is tight we would encourage you to reduce your budget for outdoor furniture and/or plants. Save money and buy the smaller plants (you may be interested to know that younger plants have a greater chance of survival when relocated into the ground. Plus they tend to grow faster as well).  Forget buying Italian designer plant pots. Outdoor furniture can come from eBay or sales. (And this is coming from a store that has no decking products yet sells garden furniture ).


What makes a good deck?

Attention to level changes, surface treatments and edging details are all important considerations. Without these issues being resolved you may be left with a very poor aesthetic.

Transition points (house to the outdoors) requires thought. If you are locating a deck close to the house try and keep the heights of internal floors the same as the external decking. If required be prepared for some earthworks to create a false floor for your garden. You want the immediate space to the house large enough to be functional – anything less than 500mm is really too small. The area should be wider than 1.5-2 meters. Greater than 2 meters – celebrate – you are getting a useful decking area.

Steps immediately adjacent to a door way tend to reduce the feeling of spaciousness of internal spaces and are also annoying.  If you really need stairs adjacent to the house try and increase the width of the first and perhaps the 4th  so they become a useful seating/landing areas as well as steps (can be used to locate objects such as planted pot).

Templeman Harrison are garden designers in London and were kind enough to let Garden Beet show samples of their fabulous use of decking for this post.