Your Outdoor Room: How to design a garden you can live in (Hardcover)

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TV presenter and garden design expert Manoj Malde shows you how to create your own personal outdoor haven.

In this easy-to-follow guide, Manoj shows you how to design a garden you will want to live in. Whether you have a small rooftop, large yard, or a new-build ‘blank canvas’ – every space is unique, and this book will explain how to get the most out of your garden for you and your family. With aspirational examples and designs from real life, low-maintenance spaces and gardens for plants-people; whether you want a garden for entertaining, playing, or practising yoga, Manoj takes you on a step-by-step journey to creating your dream space. 

Find answers to the questions you always wanted to ask, like 'How do I design social spaces?' and ‘Can I make my yard feel bigger?' with this practical and easy-to-follow planning tool. Learn how to develop a style; introduce zones; use pathways and screens; choose water features, colours and materials to transform the way your garden looks and feels. This comprehensive guide includes advice on:
  • Using budget-friendly, beautiful materials;
  • Encouraging wildlife to come into your yard;
  • Making your space effortlessly sustainable;
  • Choosing the perfect plants to complement your style and space;
  • and creating a garden you and your family will love.

Discover how to design a space for entertaining, a place to relax and drink a cocktail, or an area where the family can eat, play, and spend time together. But most importantly, design a garden you can live in. Unlock the potential of Your Outdoor Room, no matter your experience or budget. It's never been this easy to create a space that works for you. 

About the Author

Manoj Malde is an award-winning garden designer and TV gardener, known for his vibrant style and bold use of colour. Manoj is best known for his presenting work on the BBC garden show Your Garden Made Perfect and Channel 4’s Garden Of The Year, where his infectious enthusiasm has made him a hugely popular part of the programmes. Manoj is also an RHS show judge, RHS ambassador and Chelsea Flower Show medallist.

Manoj attributes his love of colour to his Indian ancestry, as well as his background within the fashion industry, where he worked for 18 years. As a former creative director, with a master’s degree in fashion design from the Royal College of Art, Manoj is highly skilled at combining textures and colours within planting schemes. Manoj describes the design processes behind bespoke gardens and fashion as similar, starting out with themes, mood boards, colour palettes and textures. “Designing a planting scheme is like creating a beautiful silk print,” he says. “I’ve gone from haute couture to ‘hort’ couture.”

Praise For…

"Manoj Malde’s new book, Your Outdoor Room: How to Design a Garden You Can Live In is a tour de force and is the perfect reading material if you’re considering designing your own garden. It's helpful, practical layout and illustrations allow the reader to understand the whole design process, from start to finish or to dip in and out of relevant chapters, accordingly. As an experienced garden designer myself, it’s evident that the book is appropriately pitched to help those with little, or no knowledge of the design process, whilst also sharing helpful and relevant information with experienced garden designers."
– Mike Palmer, Chair of Garden Media Guild

"Your Outdoor Room is a beautiful and vibrant book, but as well as being a stunning addition to any coffee table, it's a really useful guide for any reader to be able to design their own garden. Each section is broken down in an easy and understandable way, making it really accessible to beginners. There's even a section on soil and aftercare, which are two aspects that can often be forgotten and which really showcase Manoj's expertise as a garden designer."
– Nina Mason, Pro Landscaper

"Your Outdoor Room is one of the most beautiful and inspiring garden design books I’ve ever read. Colourful ideas bust from the page with Manoj Malde guiding us through the process of creating a unique and beautiful outdoor space. We learn how to survey our plot, create a site plan, and design lighting and planting plans. There’s sections on working with nature, with information on making homes for pollinators and habitats for wildlife. Sustainability is highlighted with sections on upcycling and recycling. Instructions are clear and accompanied by good quality photos and diagrams. Manoj gives us all the expert hints and tips to make creating a garden a success. And his personality and enthusiasm is infectious! He gives us the ideas, and then tells us how to achieve the garden of our dreams. Highly recommended reading!"
– Karen Gimson, garden writer and speaker (BBC Radio Leicester) 

"Creating a true relationship between your indoor and outdoor space is always the dream of any gardener and, thankfully, now we have this book to guide us through creating a garden we truly want to be in! Manoj is known for his flamboyant use of colour and texture and in this book, he shares his knowledge with us on how we might achieve a unique garden of our own with simple methods that work to great effect. My new garden design bible!"
– Adam Kirtland, writer, speaker and host of 'View From the Potting Bench'

"Having known Manoj for seven years his new book entitled Your Outdoor Room is a crowning glory of his meteoric rise from fashion designer to one of the leading garden designers in the UK. Manoj’s unique and colour approach to garden design is beautifully wrapped up inside this book. It is a real page turner with an array of colour jumping out at you. Creating the right outdoor room will bring you so much joy and happiness as does Manoj’s book."
– Steve Clark, founder of Pea.

"Having been aware of Manoj's vibrant style of garden design alongside a bold use of colour and texture in his designs I was expecting a beautiful looking book. What I love about the book though is how Manoj manages to provide a step by step practical guide to designing an outdoor space alongside beautiful imagery to push home his eloquent explanations of the process. The book is well thought through taking even the novice gardener through a simple process of firstly understanding their own individual needs from their outdoor space. Then the book explains both visually and in just enough detail all the key elements to creating a stunning outdoor room. A must for anyone looking to create a beautiful garden to suit their own individual style but does not know where to start."
– Mark Spencer, photographer and film maker

"Just finished Your Outdoor Room, this is a must have for anyone who is considering designing their own garden. Full of helpful guidance and tips on understanding your environment, the design process, and the selection of materials and plants. Well presented, easy to follow and engaging this is a must have on anyones bookshelf and is as vibrant and colourful as it’s author. A wonderful change to the normal selection, well done great read.”
– Emma Mazzullo, Director of Mazzullo + Russell Landscape Design

Product Details
ISBN: 9780711282247
ISBN-10: 0711282242
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
Publication Date: March 19th, 2024
Pages: 208
Language: English