For many people, a small garden gives the impression that there’s little they can do to put their stamp on the space. But the truth is, that even tiny garden areas can burst with personality when you use a little bit of imagination and some excellent landscape gardening tips.
Whether you’re working with a small patch of grass or a patio area, here’s how to make a statement with your garden.
Lighten it Up
Bright colours automatically give the impression of more space, so it’s advisable to think about how to use lighter shades to make your garden more cheery. If you have a fence, then use the opportunity to incorporate lilacs or yellows to increase the area.
Other ways you can use colour is by planting bright flowers such as lavenders and daffodils. Try to avoid reds and darker colours because they create an intimate impression that isn’t suitable for a small garden.
Use Your Area
When we decorate our homes, we use the area to our advantage. Walls and mantelpieces hold our photos, ornaments and other elements that make a house a home. So, why not do the same with your garden?
Use hanging baskets to brighten up your garden without taking up too much space. You could also create a living wall garden. If you don’t want to invest your time and money in a living wall, you could mount recycled bottles and use them as planters.
What is a Living Wall Garden?
Living walls are a popular garden element in the UK, and more people are starting to introduce them into their landscaping. You can create your wall by planting seeds at the base of a fence, or building and letting them grow.
The best climber you can choose to create the look are honeysuckles, fruit plants and grapevines in sunny areas. Remember, if you live in a place that sees a lot of rain, and long winters then grapevines are unlikely to grow.
Most people use some form of paving in their garden, especially if they want to have barbecues and furniture, but traditional paving can make your garden look smaller. Instead, try to lay your stones diagonally to open up some space.
Place your slabs into a diamond shape or use mismatched stones if you want to do something more creative.
Bring in Some Wildlife
Nothing makes a garden feel more exotic than having an abundance of wildlife visiting you. Birds chirping, fish in ponds and squirrels make an outdoor space a welcoming place for both your family and visitors.
To attract more wildlife, you need to plant the right flowers. Pollinating insects such as butterflies and bees are naturally attracted to heather, foxglove, flowering cherries and yarrow. You can also place a small pond in your garden to house fish and perhaps attract other wildlife.
Trees work well in small gardens because their height means you can get some more privacy. If you live in urban areas, then neighbours overlooking your outdoor space is a big problem, but trees shield you from that and make your garden feel more welcoming for your family.
Decorative trees can add an exotic element to your garden, especially if you want to create a tropical theme.
Use Plant Pots
Plant pots are an ideal solution for small outdoor spaces because they enable you to be flexible with your landscaping design. Not only can you change your plants according to the season, but you can also move the containers around.
Vegetables such as tomatoes can grow in containers, which means you can create a small edible garden too that includes herbs and even some root vegetables.
Never forget the importance of recycling, because you can save a lot of money by using old plastic containers and painting them.
Include a Water Feature
Water features make an excellent addition to every garden, regardless of its size. They create an aura of tranquillity, and the sound of running water can offer a perfect way to meditate, and relax after a tough day’s work.
Most water features can run on their own, and there are so many to choose from, including miniature features and large fountains.
Use Fold Up Furniture
When it comes to garden furniture, folding forms are best because they take up less space. You only use them when you need them, which means you can incorporate other elements into your garden and not worry about ruining your outdoor space.
Think about how much furniture you might need, and try not to overestimate how much room it will take up when you use it. You should also think about where you store your furniture because if you don’t have access to a shed, you might have to have it in your house.
Landscape lines can give a small garden some definition. They also create a contemporary look and sets distinctive areas for your outdoor space. Think about trying paving stones, and combine them with wood-stained decking for your relaxation area.
If you have a lawn, separate it from the seating area with wooden planks. Not only does this look appealing, but it also lets visitors know which areas they can use and which are for decoration.
Get Some Help
If you’re not sure how to make the most of your garden, get your friends and family to lend a helping hand. Invite them round for dinner and have a gardening party. Working with others not only takes the load off of you, but it’s also great for creative ideas.
For some people, it’s beneficial to use landscape gardening services. The best companies understand how to make the most out of a small space and can create an outdoor space that fits your needs.
Whether you want a relaxing haven or a usable family space, Floral & Hardy are here to offer advice and put together a stunning plan for your garden.
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