Garden Focal Points: Directing Attention in Your Garden

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If you’ve worked hard on your garden design, you’ll likely want to make certain elements stand out. In this blog, we’re helping you with garden focal points.

What is a focal point?

A focal point is something that you want visitors to be drawn to. There are so many great elements that you can consider for your garden’s focal point, and we’re going to tell you some of our favourites!

Not only do focal points add a touch of excellence to your garden, but they also help to take visitors on a journey around your outdoor space. When you’ve worked hard on getting your garden perfect, it’s nice to have some appreciation from guests.

How to add focal points and points of interest in your garden

Think about space

The last thing you want to do is add too much or too big of a focal point to your garden. This will end up diluting the hard work that you have put in elsewhere.

Consider how much space you have in your garden, and ensure that you leave room for a table and chairs or other items you wish to have outside. Once you know how much room you have, you will get a better idea of how big your focal point can be.

While you don’t want it to be too big, you also don’t want it to be too small – there’s definitely a fine line between the two. Careful planning of your outdoor space is very important. Have you ever considered creating a vertical garden?

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Consider your colour palette

Perhaps you have used a colour scheme within your garden, or maybe you love having just one colour. Either way, colour is something you’ll need to think about when choosing a focal point.

If your garden features a lot of greenery, with a few small areas of colour, then you may want to add a pop of colour with your focal point.

If you choose to use something like an outhouse for your focal point, you could even change the colour as time passes. This is a great way to add a little more excitement and colour to your outdoor space.

Framing your focal point

Depending on what your garden’s focal point is, you might want to highlight it even more. You might be wondering, ‘How can I do that?’ – and we’ve got the answer.

FlexiBorder is an environmentally friendly, versatile and robust lawn edging solution. Not only will it help you to highlight your gorgeous area, but it also looks great too.

FlexiBorder is perfect for framing focal points as it can be curved to a 70-degree angle. Alternatively, if you want to use corners to frame your space, you can use FlexiCorner instead. Find out more about FlexiCorner here.

The edging solution comes in a variety of colours so that you can match it to the rest of your garden furniture. It’s completely lawn-mower friendly and weather-resistant – we’ve designed it with longevity in mind. Take a look at our online shop here.

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What can I use as a focal point in my garden?

There are so many lovely garden focal point ideas. Here are just some of our favourites! Remember, you don’t need to stick to just one focal point if you have a bigger space.


Every garden needs a seating area! If you’re working with a small space, using the seating area as your focal point can be a great idea, and it will definitely make your garden look inviting!

Additionally, there are lots of seating options to consider. You might choose a garden table, a bench or even an outdoor rug with blankets and cushions. This can look great in a cottage-style garden!

Water feature

Water features are a sure way to get people talking. Not only do they look excellent, but they can also add a little more relaxation to your garden. Imagine yourself relaxing in the summer with the water feature running nearby and gorgeous surrounding plants.

There are so many lovely water feature designs, and you don’t need to spend lots of money on anything huge. Water feature designs can really complement the rest of your garden’s theme.

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Hedges might not feel like the most exciting focal point, but they certainly can be. Hedges can also be used to add more privacy to your garden. Consider a hedge that has been cut to an interesting shape, and your guests will be intrigued. Hedges can also be used instead of garden walls.


If you want to leave guests in awe of your amazing garden, then a sculpture might help you achieve that. Sculptures are perfect for those who love art and want to add more character to their gardens. Your garden certainly won’t be lacking in wow factor.


Outhouses are very much in fashion, and we’re not surprised! They look great, and they are very practical. Outhouses can be used to make a relaxing garden room or be used for neat and organised storage. As we mentioned earlier, outhouses can often be painted, which makes them even more versatile in your garden.

focal point garden trees


How nice would it be to watch a tree grow in your own garden? Trees are a great way to add a focal point to the middle of your garden (they’re often referred to as a specimen tree). Perhaps you’d like to consider a fruit tree? This will definitely catch a viewer’s eye from the garden path. Why not consider a tree with an interesting branch structure?

There are so many fantastic ways to add garden focal points. FlexiBorder is a great way to highlight your special area even further. Contact us today for support with your garden design.

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