By Emily Rivers
Last updated 5th June 2024

A well-maintained landscaped garden can give your property a real lift, and may even increase the value of your home. Get the design right and you can create your own little piece of heaven to enjoy whenever the sun’s out. But how much will it cost?

It’s hard to put a figure on how much a landscaped garden costs because projects vary hugely, but we’ll lay out all the factors you need to consider in this guide so you’re ready to start getting quotes from landscapers for your project.

How much does garden landscaping cost?

Garden landscaping is a versatile way to enhance the beauty and functionality of your outdoor space. Landscaping costs can start at £1,000 and increase up to as much as £50,000 or more, depending on factors such as the size of the garden, the scope of work and the materials used.

It’s difficult to give an exact cost as the final price will depend on the features you’d like, how big your garden is and whether you want any extra hard landscaping features like retaining walls or patios. Here’s a look at some of the typical jobs a landscaper will do for you and how much they cost:

Landscaping job

Average cost

Full garden landscaping

£1,000-£80,000

Laying turf

£20 per m2

Laying artificial grass

£57 per m2

Creating a raised flower bed

£250

Build a garden pond

£3,700

Build a retaining wall

£320

Lay a patio

£73 per m2

Garden landscaping cost

Garden landscaping cost per m2

Again, it’s different to give a cost per square metre for garden landscaping as a whole as it depends on your garden’s size, the design, the materials you choose and your location, but expect to spend an average of £200 per m2 for full garden landscaping:

Level of landscaping

Average cost per m2

Basic

£100

Mid-range

£200

High-end

£350

Factors affecting the cost of garden landscaping

Garden landscaping is a hugely general term and could refer to a job as small as laying some turf and creating new flower beds to a full design with hard landscaping features such as patios, ponds and terraces. Here are some of the factors that affect the cost of garden landscaping:

Size of the garden: Larger gardens will naturally require more materials and labour, resulting in higher costs.

Scope and design: The extent of landscaping work, such as adding features like patios, decking, pathways or garden ponds, will influence the overall cost. Generally, the hard landscaping features cost more per m2 than soft landscaping like laying turf or artificial grass.

Materials: The choice of materials, such as paving stones, decking, plants, and decorative elements, will impact the cost. While high-quality materials may cost more initially, they may be more durable, making them cost-effective in the long term.

Your location: Where you live is one of the biggest factors affecting the cost of landscaping, and unfortunately there’s not much you can do about this one! Areas like Surrey, London and other south eastern areas of the UK tend to have the highest prices – sometimes reaching £400 per m2 – while northern England, Scotland and Wales often see lower costs.

What is garden landscaping?

Garden landscaping involves transforming outdoor spaces through design and construction to create functional, visually appealing and sustainable environments. It usually involves changing the terrain, perhaps levelling a garden or creating a tiered space, and adding structures like garden rooms or pergolas and hard landscaping features.

Of course, planting is a huge part of garden landscaping too. Landscapers will work with you to recommend plants, trees and shrubs based on how much sun your garden gets, the soil type and your preferences.

Overall, landscaping your garden should leave you with a space that’s a pleasure to sit out in, whether you’re dining alfresco on the patio or lounging on a blanket on your freshly-laid lawn.

Does a landscaped garden add value to your home?

Yes, a well-designed and maintained landscaped garden can significantly increase the value of your home. While some sources say a landscaped garden could add up to 20% to your property value, the truth is it will vary across the country and during different times, depending on when the market is more buoyant.

We always think it’s best to think about adding value to your quality of life when it comes to big home improvement projects like garden landscaping. If you plan to stay at your property for years to come and you know you’ll get lots of enjoyment out of a beautiful garden, this is worth more than any value it might add in the future.

Do I need planning permission to landscape my garden?

In most cases, you won’t need planning permission to landscape your garden. However, if you plan to change fences or add a shed, summer house or garden office, there are some planning rules to be aware of, such as:

  • The height of a wall or fence mustn’t exceed 1 metre if it’s adjacent to a road

  • Any other wall or fence mustn’t exceed 2 metres

  • The total area of outbuildings mustn’t exceed 50% of your total area of curtilage (including extensions)

  • You can’t make any changes under permitted development if you live in a listed building (and possibly a conservation area)

If your project doesn’t operate within these regulations, you’ll need to apply for planning permission.

How to design a garden cheaply

As we’ve explained, garden landscaping doesn’t come cheap. But there are some things you can do when you’re working with your landscaper on the design of your new garden to keep the costs down:

Plan ahead: Create a budget and stick to it. Prioritise essential features and opt for cost-effective materials and plants.

DIY: Consider doing some of the work yourself, such as planting, mulching or building simple structures like raised beds or trellises.

Shop smart: Look for discounts, sales, or clearance deals on materials such as paving stones, plants and landscaping supplies. Websites like Freecycle and Facebook Marketplace are great for picking up free or low-cost second hand items.

Keep it simple: It can be easy to get carried away and want an array of water features, structures and hard landscaping features. Choose straightforward designs and layouts that require minimal excavation and construction, as this is the part that costs the most.

Can you pay someone to design your garden?

Yes, most landscapers will be happy to help you design your garden as part of the project costs, but you can also hire a separate garden designer. A garden designer will assess your needs, preferences and budget and develop a plan that maximises the beauty, functionality and sustainability of your outdoor space.

Consider whether you really need a separate garden designer. This will incur additional costs, and most landscapers will have the knowledge and experience to put a stunning garden design together for you.

Is it worth spending money on my garden?

Yes, we think it’s worth spending money on your garden! A well-designed and maintained garden enhances the beauty and value of your home, creates additional living space for outdoor enjoyment and improves your quality of life by providing a tranquil and relaxing retreat.

Additionally, spending time in nature has been shown to have positive effects on mental and physical wellbeing, making it a worthwhile investment in your overall happiness and health.

But only you can decide whether it’s worth spending money on your garden. If you are planning to move in a couple of years’ time, you may decide that it’s better to simply hire a gardener to offer regular maintenance rather than re-landscaping it as you’re unlikely to see a return on your investment. However, if you know you will get huge enjoyment from a well-landscaped garden, you may decide it’s worth it.

Get in touch with landscapers now by posting your job on HaMuch and see who’s available in your area.


Estimates for common landscaper jobs;

Rates for other trades

Garden landscaping cost in the UK
Garden landscaping cost in the UK (excluding VAT or callout charges)
Location in UKGarden landscaping cost
Garden landscaping near Aberdeen£20210
Garden landscaping near Amber Valley£20196
Garden landscaping near Angus£20203
Garden landscaping near Arun£20214
Garden landscaping near Ashfield£20194
Garden landscaping near Aylesbury Vale£20196
Garden landscaping near Barnsley£20186
Garden landscaping near Basildon£20213
Garden landscaping near Basingstoke & Deane£20209
Garden landscaping near Bassetlaw£20221
Garden landscaping near Bath & North East Somerset£20229
Garden landscaping near Bedford£20197
Garden landscaping near Belfast£20166
Garden landscaping near Birmingham£20175
Garden landscaping near Blackburn£20212
Garden landscaping near Blackpool£20199
Garden landscaping near Bolton£20203
Garden landscaping near Bournemouth£20219
Garden landscaping near Bracknell Forest£20230
Garden landscaping near Bradford£20141
Garden landscaping near Braintree£20186
Garden landscaping near Breckland£20177
Garden landscaping near Bridgend£20175
Garden landscaping near Brighton£20203
Garden landscaping near Bristol£20225
Garden landscaping near Broadland£20178
Garden landscaping near Broxtowe£20191
Garden landscaping near Bury£20199
Garden landscaping near Caerphilly£20192
Garden landscaping near Calderdale£20159
Garden landscaping near Cambridge£20202
Garden landscaping near Canterbury£20220
Garden landscaping near Cardiff£20194
Garden landscaping near Charnwood£20184
Garden landscaping near Chelmsford£20206
Garden landscaping near Cheltenham£20239
Garden landscaping near Cherwell£20228
Garden landscaping near Chester£20266
Garden landscaping near Colchester£20172
Garden landscaping near Conway£20170
Garden landscaping near Coventry£20177
Garden landscaping near Crewe & Nantwich£20214
Garden landscaping near Dacorum£20236
Garden landscaping near Derby£20202
Garden landscaping near Doncaster£20202
Garden landscaping near Dover£20226
Garden landscaping near Dudley£20173
Garden landscaping near Dundee£20203
Garden landscaping near East Ayrshire£20171
Garden landscaping near East Devon£20172
Garden landscaping near East Dunbartonshire£20229
Garden landscaping near East Hampshire£20237
Garden landscaping near East Hertfordshire£20227
Garden landscaping near East Lindsey£20125
Garden landscaping near East Riding£20161
Garden landscaping near Eastleigh£20221
Garden landscaping near Edinburgh£20189
Garden landscaping near Elmbridge£20241
Garden landscaping near Epping Forest£20241
Garden landscaping near Erewash£20196
Garden landscaping near Exeter£20175
Garden landscaping near Falkirk£20192
Garden landscaping near Fife£20202
Garden landscaping near Flintshire£20224
Garden landscaping near Gateshead£20242
Garden landscaping near Gedling£20189
Garden landscaping near Glasgow£20231
Garden landscaping near Gloucester£20243
Garden landscaping near Guildford£20228
Garden landscaping near Halton£20247
Garden landscaping near Harrogate£20129
Garden landscaping near Havant & Waterloo£20237
Garden landscaping near Horsham£20225
Garden landscaping near Huntingdonshire£20186
Garden landscaping near Ipswich£20184
Garden landscaping near Isle of Wight£20216
Garden landscaping near Kings Lynn & West Norfolk£20154
Garden landscaping near Kingston-upon-Hull£20161
Garden landscaping near Kirklees£20161
Garden landscaping near Knowsley£20242
Garden landscaping near Lancaster£20195
Garden landscaping near Leeds£20139
Garden landscaping near Leicester£20185
Garden landscaping near Lisburn£20171
Garden landscaping near Liverpool£20246
Garden landscaping near London£20243
Garden landscaping near Luton£20227
Garden landscaping near Macclesfield£20198
Garden landscaping near Maidstone£20225
Garden landscaping near Manchester£20197
Garden landscaping near Mid Bedfordshire£20206
Garden landscaping near Mid Sussex£20219
Garden landscaping near Middlesbrough£20117
Garden landscaping near Milton Keynes£20197
Garden landscaping near Neath Port Talbot£20178
Garden landscaping near New Forest£20225
Garden landscaping near Newbury£20210
Garden landscaping near Newcastle-under-Lyme£20210
Garden landscaping near Newcastle-upon-Tyne£20239
Garden landscaping near Newport£20198
Garden landscaping near North Ayrshire£20210
Garden landscaping near North East Lincolnshire£20127
Garden landscaping near North Hertfordshire£20219
Garden landscaping near North Lanarkshire£20217
Garden landscaping near North Lincolnshire£20161
Garden landscaping near North Somerset£20226
Garden landscaping near North Tyneside£20240
Garden landscaping near North Wiltshire£20266
Garden landscaping near Northampton£20172
Garden landscaping near Norwich£20188
Garden landscaping near Nottingham£20189
Garden landscaping near Nuneaton & Bedworth£20179
Garden landscaping near Oldham£20190
Garden landscaping near Oxford£20235
Garden landscaping near Pembrokeshire£20156
Garden landscaping near Perth & Kinross£20197
Garden landscaping near Peterborough£20210
Garden landscaping near Plymouth£20138
Garden landscaping near Poole£20215
Garden landscaping near Portsmouth£20231
Garden landscaping near Powys£20160
Garden landscaping near Preston£20210
Garden landscaping near Reading£20221
Garden landscaping near Redcar & Cleveland£20114
Garden landscaping near Reigate & Banstead£20238
Garden landscaping near Renfrewshire£20233
Garden landscaping near Rhondda, Cynon, Taff£20193
Garden landscaping near Rochdale£20189
Garden landscaping near Rochester-upon-Medway£20120
Garden landscaping near Rotherham£20198
Garden landscaping near Salford£20198
Garden landscaping near Salisbury£20257
Garden landscaping near Sandwell£20177
Garden landscaping near Scarborough£20310
Garden landscaping near Scottish Borders£20485
Garden landscaping near Sefton£20229
Garden landscaping near Sevenoaks£20235
Garden landscaping near Sheffield£20201
Garden landscaping near Slough£20239
Garden landscaping near Solihull£20175
Garden landscaping near South Ayrshire£20171
Garden landscaping near South Bedfordshire£20197
Garden landscaping near South Cambridgeshire£20199
Garden landscaping near South Gloucestershire£20218
Garden landscaping near South Kesteven£20214
Garden landscaping near South Lanarkshire£20223
Garden landscaping near South Oxfordshire£20235
Garden landscaping near South Somerset£20190
Garden landscaping near South Tyneside£20241
Garden landscaping near Southampton£20226
Garden landscaping near Southend-on-Sea£20204
Garden landscaping near St Albans£20241
Garden landscaping near St Helens£20245
Garden landscaping near Stafford£20198
Garden landscaping near Stockport£20196
Garden landscaping near Stockton-on-Tees£20117
Garden landscaping near Stoke-on-Trent£20204
Garden landscaping near Stratford-on-Avon£20176
Garden landscaping near Stroud£20238
Garden landscaping near Suffolk Coastal£20174
Garden landscaping near Sunderland£20237
Garden landscaping near Swale£20227
Garden landscaping near Swansea£20187
Garden landscaping near Tameside£20193
Garden landscaping near Teignbridge£20179
Garden landscaping near Tendring£20172
Garden landscaping near Test Valley£20230
Garden landscaping near Thamesdown£20259
Garden landscaping near Thanet£20226
Garden landscaping near The Wrekin£20167
Garden landscaping near Thurrock£20224
Garden landscaping near Torbay£20188
Garden landscaping near Trafford£20201
Garden landscaping near Vale of Glamorgan£20206
Garden landscaping near Vale of White Horse£20239
Garden landscaping near Vale Royal£20229
Garden landscaping near Wakefield£20148
Garden landscaping near Walsall£20181
Garden landscaping near Warrington£20234
Garden landscaping near Warwick£20172
Garden landscaping near Waveney£20194
Garden landscaping near Waverley£20222
Garden landscaping near Wealden£20209
Garden landscaping near West Lancashire£20230
Garden landscaping near West Lothian£20193
Garden landscaping near West Wiltshire£20266
Garden landscaping near Wigan£20233
Garden landscaping near Windsor & Maidenhead£20235
Garden landscaping near Wirral£20238
Garden landscaping near Wokingham£20227
Garden landscaping near Wolverhampton£20181
Garden landscaping near Wrexham Maelor£20234
Garden landscaping near Wychavon£20194
Garden landscaping near Wycombe£20229
Garden landscaping near York£20146