Creating a Moody Garden


When we first moved into the house over 2 years ago, the garden was overgrown with a large array of plants. It was lovely however it posed 2 problems. Firstly, I had no idea what the plants were and therefore was a little overwhelmed with where to start, and secondly, there was a 2 ft deep water feature right in the middle of the garden.

Having a 1 year old at the time that was about to learn how to walk, we decided that we wanted to be able to relax everytime we spent time outside so the first priority was to remove the water feature and fill it up. Though I was sad to see it go, filling up the hole and then laying some lawn meant that we were able to work with a blank canvas.

So 2 years on, we now find that we need to replace the shed. With that in mind, we decided that we (meaning I being the new green fingered gardening enthusiast) would spend some time thinking about what we wanted for the garden from a structural and planning perspective. This means that the garden would be setup structurally allowing us to add planting over time.

So the first thing I did was get onto pinterest and create a board. It all started with the image above and then progressed into a mood board shown below:


The interior of our house is light and white. This is intentional because we live in a terrace with a front that faces West and the back that faces East. This means that there are parts of the day, when the house can be a little dark. The light walls, remove the feeling of it being in shadow during these times.

It was because of this, that I decided that I wanted a garden that had the opposite effect. I want to create something that mimics the clean lines of the interior however gives you the feeling of walking into a moody lush green forest.

We are now in the process of getting the structural work done which I will show when completed sometime in July. Hopefully over the next couple of years, it will become my little oasis of lushness. Somewhere I can go to even in the middle of winter and still be able to relax in the green and moodiness. What sort of garden do you prefer?

Have a lovely weekend and see you on Tuesday. xD

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15 responses to “Creating a Moody Garden

  • owls house london.

    fabulous! love the reverse indoor/outdoor idea, one dark and moody the other white and bright. what a fun project, can’t wait to see 🙂

  • gudyh

    Your mood board looks just fantastic! I’d like to have a garden on my own, a quite difficult (not impossible though) endeavour here in Barcelona. Would love to see pictures of the process, Doris! Have a lovely weekend!

  • Lena

    Lucky you – having a small garden in the city must be so nice! I really like the concept of white inside and dark accents outside.
    Wishing you a bright and sunny weekend!

    • interiornovice

      Thanks Lena! I have grown to love the garden. It’s become a labour of love over time. And you are right, although small it is a treat to have a small outdoor space. Happy Weekend. xD

  • tina @colourliving

    It sounds brilliant. Eek, I did have to re-read the part where you took out the water feature. Now, I obviously didn’t see it, but water is so relaxing and wonderful in an urban space. Of course, I get the child friendly bit:-)

    Anyway, loving your mood boards. I think moody is definitely the way to go and it will indeed become you little oasis to escape to.

    My problem? On my terrace you have full blaring sunshine ALL day. I wish there would be a little shade somewhere. (grass is always greener..)

    Can’t wait to see the results.
    Happy sunny weekend.

    • interiornovice

      Yes the water feature was lovely. I was a bit sad to see it go. I hope that I can achieve what I’ve set out on the moodboard. It’ll take a bit of time me thinks! Hope you are enjoying the sunshine 🙂

  • geraldine@littlebigbell

    this is an area I’m yet to tackle properly . Looking forward to seeing your results and hopefully will help me get my act together too. xx

  • 30smagazine

    What a peaceful and beautiful garden you have in mind. The moodboard looks promissing. Can’t wait to see how you are going to translate that into your own.


    Dear Doris,
    that plans sound so lovely! Your moodboard could be my dream backyard. We are also planning on redoing our yard in straight lines with a painted fence, etc. But down the road…now the inside is prio #1. Can not wait to see pics of your progress.
    All the best,

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