Public Garden Landscaping Ideas for a Peaceful Space

Public Garden Landscaping Ideas for a Peaceful Space

Public gardens have become a place for us to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and… just relax. 

At Newman Landscapes, we understand the profound impact that a well-designed public garden can have on a community. In this article, we’ll explore landscaping ideas that promise to create serene public gardens.

Public Garden Design Ideas

Add Planters

Planters are a versatile and effective way to introduce greenery and colour into public gardens. By strategically placing planters filled with a mix of annuals, perennials and shrubs, you can create focal points that draw visitors into the garden.

The thoughtful arrangement of planters can guide visitors through the garden, creating a path that encourages slow exploration and promotes a sense of peace.

Petunia flowers in a round stone planter - Newman Landscapes


Incorporating benches and seating areas within a public garden invites visitors to stay, relax and immerse themselves in the natural surroundings. We design seating areas that are not just functional but also aesthetically pleasing, with landscaping that complements the garden’s overall design. 

Garden bench in sunlight surrounded by trees in a public garden

Trees and Shrubs

Trees and shrubs are the backbone of any garden, offering structure, shade and year-round beauty. Select species provide lush foliage, colourful blooms and stunning autumn colours. Together, trees and shrubs contribute to a peaceful environment by softening the landscape, reducing noise pollution and offering habitats for wildlife.

Trees and bluebells

Water Features for Soothing Sounds

The gentle sound of flowing water is always soothing, making water features a must-have for a peaceful public garden. From ornate fountains to bubbling rocks, water features can be designed to fit the garden’s scale and style. These features not only provide a calming backdrop but also attract birds and insects, adding to the garden’s biodiversity.

Curving Lines in Flower Beds

Curved flower beds introduce an element of softness and fluidity to garden design, guiding the eye and encouraging gentle exploration. At Newman Landscapes, we employ this design principle to create a sense of movement, even in confined spaces. The use of curving lines can also mimic natural landscapes, making the garden feel more organic and inviting.

Flower bed of colourful plants

Scented Flowers

The inclusion of scented flowers in garden design brings an added dimension to the visual beauty of the space. We carefully select fragrant plants that bloom at different times of the year — lavender, roses, jasmine, and lilac are just a few examples that can transform a simple garden walk into an aromatic experience, enhancing the overall sense of peace for visitors. The strategic placement of these plants near seating areas or along pathways maximises their impact to create a beautiful and sensory experience.

lavender plant in a public garden

Use Natural Materials

Incorporating natural materials into the landscape design promotes a sense of harmony with nature. At Newman Landscapes, we use wood, stone and other natural materials for features such as walkways, benches and walls. These materials blend seamlessly with the garden’s surroundings to create an organic and cohesive look. 

The use of natural materials also promotes sustainability, something that resonates well in public spaces designed for relaxation and reflection.

Landscaping around the midlands

Commercial Landscaping for Public Spaces

Grounds and landscape maintenance is just one of the commercial landscaping services we offer at Newman Landscapes. Effective commercial landscaping combines hard landscaping (such as paths and structures) with soft landscaping (like lawns, flower beds and trees) to create spaces that are not only beautiful but also functional and sustainable.

Hard Landscaping forms the foundation of the garden, providing structure and defining spaces. We create hard landscaping elements like lawn edging and borders for flower beds, which are essential for public parks.

Soft Landscaping brings life and colour to the garden, softening the hard elements and creating an inviting atmosphere. Through expert selection and placement of plants, we ensure public gardens are appealing all year round.

Whether you’re in Telford, Derby, Coventry or beyond, embracing these landscaping ideas can transform a simple green space into a beautiful public garden. Contact our team to start transforming your commercial space today.

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