Welcome to our gallery of large lush gardens!
If you have an expansive yard you may be struggling with how to best make that space work for you. There are plenty of options on what to do with your space. You could build a basketball court and pretend you are Michael Jordan. Or build a baseball diamond and pretend you are Michael Jordan. Even with a golf course you could pretend to be Michael Jordan!
But if you’ve got a green thumb, there is one choice that stands above them all. You can fill your space with stunning and beautiful large gardens. A large garden is one way to make your space full of vibrant colors and fabulous plants.
What are the pros and cons of a large garden?
- Appeal – A large garden is a great way to increase your home’s curb appeal. Large gardens can draw the eye and attention of all who pass by. It will even increase your enjoyment of your space.
- Exercise – Working in the garden is a workout. If you do the work yourself you will be getting in some good exercise.
- Bonding – If you have family that you tend your garden with, this can teach skills and help you bond.
- Environment – Large gardens are not just a small project, they are an entire environment. You can place a chair or a bench in the midst of your large garden and have a great place to escape the world.
- Hard work and time – Small gardens take work. Large gardens take even more. Maintenance and upkeep can occupy a considerable amount of time.
- Investment – Gardens cost money to start, and of course larger gardens cost more money. Larger gardens need more tools, supplies, and potentially even hired help to tend to them. These expenses can add up.
- Space – Large gardens require a lot of space. If you have a limited area, a larger garden may monopolize your free space.
In general, gardens cost more as they grow in size. A garden that is around1000-2000 square feet averages $827, while a 2000-3000 square foot garden averages $1004. For a 3000-4000 square foot garden the average is about $1172, and gardens ranging between 4000-5000 square feet average around $1394. (Source: Red Beacon)
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This large garden has a great use of color and patterns. The area is broken up in patches of vibrant colors that line this path perfectly. This is an amazing garden that would make any traveler happy to pass through.
With proper planting you can create some interesting and exciting designs in your garden. By utilizing crisp lines in your garden your flowers will make a fantastically uniform and intentional look.
One use for a large garden is to outline a lawn. Here we see a well manicured lawn area outlined by an amazing and lush, large garden. The garden works to build the boundaries of the lawn. Source: Zillow Digs™
Every space can be brightened up by some flowers. Pinks, yellows, and purples can make a space feel far more cheerful and happy. It brightens any day to see these lovely flowers around a yard.
Large gardens are great for transitioning your yard into your landscaping. If your property is on the edge of the woods, your large garden can work as a buffer between the trees and your lawn.
If you have a large yard you may decide to have an archway that you want people to pass through. What better way to ensure that people use the proper archway than to funnel them with a large garden? Source: Zillow Digs™
Looking out over a massive garden is surely a thing of joy for the green thumb. To see the lovely blooming fruits of your labor gives you a sense of pride like no other.
A well maintained large garden can bring your yard to life by providing unmatched color and vibrancy. A large and flourishing garden can give your space purpose and direction.
Large gardens are great at surrounding and highlighting other features. Here we see a waterfall feature that is enhanced by a wonderfully large garden. Water features love large gardens, and the love is mutual. Source: Zillow Digs™
Large gardens work great around ponds and fountains. This pond looks amazing surrounded by the lovely flora in this fantastic large garden.
Stacked pots and raised garden beds can give your large garden depth and add dynamics. They can increase the appeal and cultivate a clean and organized look. Source: Zillow Digs™
On large estate grounds, large gardens can fill the massive space and provide some visual interest. A large empty lawn does not have much appeal but large garden rows really draw people in.
This large garden acts as a living wall by blocking off the outside from the lawn. Living walls have a visual appeal that fences and brick walls do not. These kinds of gardens help with privacy and brighten up your area. Source: Zillow Digs™
Sometimes large gardens can be left to grow wild and untamed. This gives an amazing natural look that can be quite appealing. This style is also useful if you like less work as you want the garden to look untended.
If you have a stone pathway or steps that you want dressed up snazzy you can use a large garden to accentuate these paths and steps. Large gardens can keep people on the path and headed in the right direction. Source: Zillow Digs™
Here are some well kept brick paths lined with wonderful large gardens. These gardens act as dividers and cut the space up. If your large gardens contain vegetables you can also grow some great edible produce from your pretty plants.
Some of the best plants for large gardens are shrubs and bushes. These plants can cover a great deal of space and create a full and lush look. Plenty of bushes can be used to make your garden feel complete.
If you plant short hedges you can maintain them and trim them into different shapes and patterns. Here is a great short shrub garden that spreads interesting patterns over a large area. Source: Zillow Digs™
A large garden can also be a wonderful focal point for your yard space. You can put walls and paths around a large garden to draw attention to the space. If you are proud of your gardening skills you might as well let that be the crown jewel of your yard.
If you have a large and interesting garden you can use it as an escape. Put up a knotted wood arch and a bench and your space goes from garden to mystical escape.
Hedges and trees pair perfectly to make a garden design. They can both be shaped and made to fit your design. This large garden of trees and shrubs makes a wonderful design to look at while you travel this path.
Many different bushes of various shapes and sizes are great at creating drama and levels of depth. Different colors and shapes make an interesting and appealing garden space. Source: Zillow Digs™
When you have a large garden you have the space to utilize plants to outline the plots of other plants. Here we see a red plant outlining the planted spaces of the other flowers.
Here is a great pond and waterfall surrounded by a lush and full large garden. These plants make this space feel wild and natural. This kind of garden is the best kind of garden if you are looking to reconnect with the great outdoors in your own backyard.
Small flowering bushes can be gathered in tight groupings to create a bloom of color that is dynamic and intriguing. A long line of clustered flowers can make your large garden feel very full and vibrant.
Here are some well maintained hedges making fancy shapes along this path leading to a statue. Hedge sculptures have a way of bringing some elegance and high end appeal to a garden.
When you dedicate some of your space to a large garden it doesn’t mean you can’t have small gardens as well. You can have matching small gardens around smaller features such as statues and birdbaths.
Roses make for great large gardens. Roses are classic and beautiful. Rose enthusiasts are passionate and there is so much to learn about these flowers. If you specialize in only roses you will have plenty to learn and they can bring you years of happiness. Source: Zillow Digs™
There are some great plants that can create different looks for your large garden. This garden has a meadow look that feels wide open and lush at the same time.
One clever way to section off your large gardens from footpaths is with hedges. The hedges create pathways that keep people from treading over garden areas. This is especially useful in seasons where your plants may not be in full swing.
Not all large gardens are flush with flowers. There are lots of plants that have various colored leaves, textures and depth that bring a garden to life. Source: Zillow Digs™
This garden is the green thumb’s paradise. There are so many different kinds of plants mixed and matched to make a full and pleasing garden. There is even a greenhouse section for plants that need the extra care.
There are some plants you can decorate with that create a fantastic wildflower look. This look is great for adding chaos into your design. These plants do not have the completely organized and uniform look other flowers do and it gives the space a more naturalistic appeal.
Wild plants pair with rough cut stones and stairs perfectly. If you want a rugged and rustic look this is a pairing that will work for you. Source: Zillow Digs™
If you desire a uniformed and very controlled look these flowers are more ideal. Tulips are fantastic at staying put in their patterns and rows. They are a reliable way to make designs with flowers.
Large gardens are wonderful for large unused spaces. Hillsides are spaces where you may have only a few options. To make these spaces look brilliant you can plant some resilient plants to turn your hillside glorious.
Typically large gardens are best suited to large yards and estates. However, if some of your space is a bit smaller you can accomplish a large garden by dedicating your entire area to the garden. This silk garden takes up every inch of yard at this home. Check with your neighborhood association before dedicating yourself to a design like this.
Some stones and lighting elements can give your large garden some extra appeal. Placing lampposts deep in a large garden is great because it puts the posts out of reach and illuminates a large area.
When you have a large and lush garden such as this you will likely want to enjoy it. A bench is a great addition to a large garden and pond area, making it a nice relaxing spot to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Source: Zillow Digs™
When you have a water feature such as a pond you can get plants that are typically found in marsh or swamp areas. This makes your pond seem much more natural.