How to design a small garden

Wish you could do more with your garden, but feel limited on space? A small garden has a lot of potential, it is just knowing what to do and how to design it. In order to work with the space you have available you want to consider creating an illusion, adding small features, focal points and different levels of height. 

Want to learn more about how to design a small garden today? Find out 5 of our best design tips and tricks for small gardens! 

  1. Creating an illusion 

Illusions give a feeling that something is bigger than it actually is. With a small garden, an illusion is something that can instantly make the garden feel larger and airier. 

Wall mirrors do this perfectly and at the same time add a lovely feature. Placing a mirror at the end of the garden will create the optical illusion and seem like there is more length to the garden than there actually is. Similarly, add a garden fence that leads to nothing but helps the garden look larger or there is a secret hideout. 

  1. Height 

Rather than thinking long, consider thinking up too. Avoid drawing attention to the fact that the garden is small and add features and focal points that require guests to look up. Climbing plants gives the garden life and a gorgeous aroma to walk through immediately taking away what the size of the garden is. 

Work at a number of levels, for example, if you want to add some small garden furniture, place hanging baskets above or around it as this will allow you to have guests in the garden and add a pop of colour and nature to the space. This is a design tip that will enable you to get the best of both worlds. 

  1. Divide the space 

Split the garden up with trellis, screens or foliage and create different areas and sections. This works really well specifically with a long and narrow garden. Dividing a narrow small garden into three, you can consider the following:

  • You can create a pretty walkway with a pergola or archway
  • Have a small seating area with a garden structure over it 
  • At the bottom of the garden create a cosy hideaway and extend living space 

A mini summerhouse or log cabin at the bottom of a small long garden can create a cosy feel and bring more purpose to the garden. Turn it into a mini snug room or a bar that you can use when entertaining. 

  1. Features 

Introduce garden features like statues, ornaments or a water feature to the garden. Get something that attaches to the wall or tall so it minimises the amount of space you are using. These features will add character and life to the garden making it a lovely, tranquil environment for you and your guests to soak up. 

  1. Think Smart!

Believe you have more space than you think. Pull out bars that fold away or clip flat onto the wall are perfect for small gardens. Host and entertain as you would inside the house confidently out in the garden with this small touch.

Push up tables that either extend to seat more people or pop up into a higher table for guests to comfortably eat at. This allows you to keep the furniture at the smallest size and not crowd the space until you need it. 

Multifunctional outdoor stools that you can store goods in as well as sit can be handy as you gain space for your belongings but also seating. 

These 5 tips on how to design a small garden are just a handful of ideas that you can easily consider for your garden. Take some of these ideas and tailor them to suit your lifestyle and garden. Make the most of your garden no matter what size it is, the only limitation is your imagination!

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