11 Ideas to Make Your Garden More Eco-Friendly

a garden with a pond to provide extra habitats for wildlife
(Image credit: Jeremy Phillips)

You might think of a garden as 'green' in its very nature, but did you know there are choices you can make with your planting and landscaping that come with eco-friendly benefits?

From increasing the biodiversity of your garden to ensuring your pick of landscaping materials isn't harming the environment, we've picked 11 ideas for you to try to give your garden an eco-boost.

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Paul is an award-winning landscape designer. An experienced designer, his diverse range of work has included everything from small courtyards to large country gardens, as well as public spaces, both in the UK and internationally.

He studied at The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, giving him the opportunity to learn about plants and plant habitats from some of the most knowledgeable and inspiring plantsmen in the world. He created his first show garden at Malvern Autumn Show in 2008, and has since created show gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show and Hampton Court, alongside being invited to exhibit internationally in United States, France, New Zealand, Japan and Australia. (In 2022, he designed The Brewin Dolphin Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show.) 

Since 2015, he has been a RHS Gardens Judge and chaired judging at all of the RHS Flower Shows including RHS Chelsea Flower Show. He has also worked with Marks & Spencer and Bradstone to create garden products, and has written for The Telegraph and Homebuilding & Renovating magazine.