Photos by Alan and Whitney Wilbur

Regardless of a project’s location, size, style or budget, landscape designer Jayson King begins, first of all, with two key considerations: the site and the client. When it comes to garden design ideas, respect the former while satisfying the latter, and success is guaranteed.

Jayson King, principal designer at Landform Design Group.

In addition to that advice, King shares garden design ideas for turning your ho-hum yard into gorgeous gardens and posh patios.


Unified Materials

King created a cohesive look by choosing materials and also garden design ideas that visually link to the home and its style. For this landscape, materials included painted brick, horizontally oriented wood fencing and board-formed concrete.

All furniture and pots from Furnish.

Year-round Living

Heated limestone floors and paths, fire features and especially built-in space heaters stretch the seasons for outdoor living and entertaining.



King established a palette of materials and plants that he featured repeatedly across the property to foster a sense continuity.

Grouped Plantings

King implemented plant groupings, from hedges of yew bushes to rows of horn beam and Japanese maple trees throughout. The plants serve as living structural forms, screens and eye-catching layers, hence softening the hardscape of stone, concrete and brick.

Surround Sound

Inconspicuous speakers and an underground woofer provide level volumes of music throughout the landscape. “This eliminates the need to play music loudly in one area so that it can be heard in another,” King explains.

An eye-catching orange planter draws the eye into the back landscape.

Focal Points

From single vivid planters to fabulous fire features and inviting sitting areas, King strategically placed key elements that move the eye comfortably across the landscape while also encouraging movement throughout it.
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