The Frenchman has been in charge at Aston Villa since November.
The Frenchman arrived at Villa Park in early November following the departure of former boss Tim Sherwood.
With six straight Premier League defeats and the considerable number of summer signings failing to gel something needed to change at Villa, but Garde is yet to get his new squad firing on all cylinders and they remain bottom of the league, with just seven points from 17 matches played.
There is still time to turn things around, but the Christmas and New Year fixtures will be vital for a Villa side who will know time is already running out for a realistic survival surge.
However, Hutton feels the change at the top has been a positive one and improvements will be seen in time.
Speaking about Garde, Hutton told avfc.co.uk, “He has a lot of good ideas with the way he wants to play. Everyone is getting on well with each other and being more solid as a unit.
“The manager has not been here long and you can’t expect things to rapidly turn around and transform immediately, but I think we’re making strides forward.”
Villa face a vital set of fixtures in the weeks ahead, starting with a home match against West Ham United before away games against Norwich City and Sunderland.