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Having a small garden can feel frustrating, but just because your space is limited doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of it! After all, there are so many great ways to re-design a small garden space into one you want to spend as much time in as possible.
Taking the time to transform your small space into a beautiful garden can do wonders for your wellbeing, quality of life, and even increase the value of your property.
So, why not join us as we talk you through how to turn your small garden into a functional, beautiful, and enjoyable outdoor oasis.
We all need a little bit of motivation before commencing the hard work of landscaping a garden – no matter how big or small it may be. So, before we get into the article, we thought it would be good to provide you with that inspiration, highlighting exactly how transforming your garden can add value to your life:
Doing up your garden is one of the best ways to add more value to your life and to your house. In fact, according to Town and Country Mortgage Services, landscaping your garden can even increase your chances of re-sale or letting by up to 30%.
Read on to discover our creative suggestions for how to transform your small garden space.
Water features are a wonderful focal point in any garden, but for small spaces they can soften and create a sense of space.
Just like hanging a mirror in your bedroom, adding a water feature into your garden reflects light beautifully, making a space seem bigger and brighter than it did before.
And, if you’re worried about space, don’t be. Modern fountains can be made to fit perfectly into smaller gardens, so they take up less space. You can even build a water feature into an existing wall, statue, or structure to free-up square footage.
Sometimes in small gardens, the only way to go is up. Taking advantage of the vertical through the addition of trellises and climbing plants is a great way to adapt a small space to your needs.
We recommend planting Clematis or Honeysuckle because they are low maintenance but also add some colour to your garden. Alternatively, if you would rather achieve more of a muted colour palette, climbing Ivy or Jasmine can be the perfect way to complete your garden.
Many people with small gardens assume they won’t be able to grow herbs, fruit or vegetables because their space is so tiny. But this could not be further from the truth – all it takes to create the small garden of your dreams is a little bit of creativity.
If you want to tend a garden, a raised bed can help. Raised beds are an easy way to add a vegetable garden into your space or an area for gorgeous meadow flowers.
Alternatively, if you don’t have the square footage available, consider adding pots along your fence or to the edge of your house to make the most of the space.
Once you have created a beautiful oasis, it’s only natural you want to spend time in it! But for many, the thought of adding outdoor furniture into their small space is an impossibility.
However, with a bit of creative ingenuity, you can add furniture to your garden and even invite guests around. All you need is a small café table and fold-up chairs. That way, you can enjoy your small oasis when the days are sunny and store the table and chairs away inside a multi-functional garden building when the weather isn’t great.
Alternatively, consider using floor cushions for a trendy bohemian style.
Small gardens are often square or rectangular in shape and, visually, this can look very boring. To add a design that is a little more eye-catching and which creates the illusion of more space, add a curved stone or gravel walkway.
Curves are a great way to add interest to your garden while also making it seem larger than it really is. What’s more, curved walkways guide the placement of plants and flowers, making it easy to brighten up your space in a stylish and beautiful way.
Garden designers have a knack for breathing life into spaces of all shapes and sizes – just think of the Palace of Versailles where areas are sectioned off to create private spaces and hideaways.
This is achieved through the addition of shrubs and greenery to create a structure. Therefore, in your small garden, playing with strong shapes to create clear landscaped borders can be an effective way of adding dimension and interest to your outdoor area.
Window boxes are a great addition to small garden spaces and help you make the most out of every nook and cranny.
While they may be more popularly used to plant flowers, window boxes can also be used to create small vegetable, fruit, or herb gardens! No matter how small your space may be, it’s incredible what you can grow in a pot – so, why not give it a try?
No matter how small your garden is, with a bit of careful planning and by utilising some of the creative ideas we have listed above, you can easily transform it into an area you love being outside in.
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