Small Garden Design
It can often be said that sometimes designing a small garden or preparing a small garden plan can present as many challenges as working with a larger space!
At Floral & Hardy we pride ourselves on the quality of our small garden designs, from the initial planning through to materials, construction, planting and not forgetting all the finishing touches.
Have a look at our Small Garden Portfolio
This is the front garden to a large detached house in Hampstead with an 'L' shaped garden that wraps around the house.
These are the gardens to a unique, end of terrace, mews-style property in the grounds of a former Grade II listed manor house, with spectacular views over fields and woodland.
This is the rectangular rear garden to an end of terrace, corner property in Camden.
This is the long, rectangular rear garden to a semi-detached property in a quiet road in Beckenham, Kent.
These are the gardens to an end of terrace, Victorian property in a quiet residential road in Battersea.
This is the rectangular rear garden to a mid-terrace Victorian property in Streatham.
Our client envisaged a space completely transformed from its blank canvas, typical of a new build house, to a beautiful garden
These are the gardens surrounding a modern detached property in the pretty village of Shoreham in Kent that is built in the grounds of a large period house.
These are the front & rear gardens to a modern terraced house in a quiet cul-de-sac in Carshalton, Surrey.
This is the back garden to a substantial Edwardian terraced house in Streatham with many attractive period features.
These are the front and rear gardens to a double-fronted, period property in Sydenham. Its owners had spent a lot of time renovating the property and wanted to bring the gardens up to the same standard.
This garden was the small, shady, north-facing garden to a relatively new build house on a private estate.
This garden was on two levels with a small well area outside the basement kitchen.
These front & rear gardens lie on the Greenwich / Blackheath border, on a steeply sloping, triangular plot with complicated level changes.
This was new build property in with the typical new build garden – boring turf concealing builders’ rubble and an unimaginative area of deck had been laid.
This was a new build property and the garden was typically very small, laid to lawn with a few paving slabs outside the back door.
This was a very interesting project in that the garden was on an island in the middle of the Thames only accessible by footbridge.
This was a suburban garden on a steeply sloping site, rising up at the back of the house via some very steep steps, rendering much of the garden unusable.
This was a small courtyard garden to a modern town house and was featured in House Beautiful magazine.
This garden had previously been designed with a series of ‘rooms’ to disguise the length and narrowness of the plot.
As with most gardens this size, and with a young family, space was at a premium and our clients wanted somewhere they could relax and entertain, and where their children could play.
The existing plot sloped up away from the house and was rather tired in appearance. The deck at the rear was a particular eyesore.
Our clients had fond memories of holidays in the south of France and wanted to re-create something of a rustic French feel in their tiny London garden, using materials to suit the age of their property.
This is a basement flat in a large Victorian terraced house and the garden space was divided into several smaller areas for the use of its various tenants.
This was a typical long, narrow suburban garden with an ugly concrete patio and a boring rectangular lawn with sparse planting.
The existing rectangular patio lead us to this design and we decided to square off the rather awkwardly shaped plot and divide it with a series of rectangles forming the lawn, play area, path and planting beds.
This was a small suburban garden who's owners wanted to also turn a small garage into a gym that overlooked the garden.
The roof terrace has spectacular views over interesting surrounding buildings, including the Natural History Museum, but the inhospitable, exposed, sloping space made entertaining and relaxing difficult.
A steep staircase with high risers and narrow treads down from the drawing room made this a potentially treacherous space for the children, or adults alike, as well as taking up garden space.
This was the tiny garden to a terraced Victorian house belonging to a young family.Coming from Australia, our couple really missed the outside space for barbecuing and entertaining.
This garden is in fact a tiny enclosed courtyard, surrounded by tall buildings, in central London.
Our first concern with this garden was to give our clients the security and privacy they needed but as this was a listed building, we had first to approach the local council for permissions.
Our client wanted an interesting, easy to look after patio garden with a traditional feel, but did not want a symmetrical design typical of many such schemes. She wanted something a bit ‘different’.
Our clients wanted an elegant dining area making the best use of the space and in a style in keeping with the property and its interiors.
Our brief was for a practical space our clients could use to relax and entertain in, but the plot was divided awkwardly by a step making use of a table and chairs impossible.
This was a postage-stamp back garden typical of London Victorian properties, but the tiny courtyard had been laid wholly to deck with no planting to speak of.
Our client is a keen gardener who wanted a complete overhaul of her garden space. She wanted something pretty and private that she could relax in and develop over time.
Constricted areas need an open imagination to fully realise the potential of the smaller space - and thinking of the materials and methods needed requires an experienced and active imagination. Our rich experience designing gardens of all types means we can bring lots of previous experience as well as tried and tested small garden design ideas.
We aim to make a space seem larger than it is, create multi-layered effects through planting and make use of vertical space to create visual depth to maximise the potential of a small garden. You can see from the examples above that garden design for small gardens should be carefully planned as it’s all the fine details that will result in the most amazing space.
Each space is different and every challenge requires new thought - and with our design team you're sure to end up with the garden of your dreams! Start the process easily with a no obligation quotation.
You can either fill out our enquiry form, or call us on 0845 603 2598 and speak to one of our friendly expert staff to start the process of designing your dream Small garden!