Having a huge and luxurious garden seems like a thing of the past or only for those with the money to afford such a commodity. When you have a small garden, it can be disheartening when you can’t seem to make the space work, and it’s an understandable frustration. However, it’s important to remember that regardless of the size of your garden, you can make the most of it by creating a relaxing, luxurious and pride-worthy space. Here, we’ve put together five tips to help you get exactly that.
Create A Focal Point
Having a feature piece in your garden is a great way to not only make the most of your limited space, but you could even make it look bigger. Focal points are designed specifically to attract the eye, and if you and your visitors are immediately drawn to an incredible statement piece, you’ll be wowed from the very beginning. You could opt for teak furniture for a beautiful yet actually useful statement piece for your outdoor space, or even consider installing mirrors to give the illusion of extra space.
Before you rush into designing the garden, stop and take note of where the sun hits your garden throughout the day. If you have limited space, it’s unlikely that the sun will be able to hit every section of it with any great accuracy, so picking the ideal spot by focusing on the sun will help you determine where the best spots could be for placing furniture, growing plants and installing lighting.
…And Other Lighting!
Speaking of other lighting, it’s likely that your small garden space could be quite dim, especially during darker days and at night, so making sure that you have sufficient lighting so you can enjoy your garden no matter what is a must. Keep it subtle but effective, and consider highlighting plants, statement pieces or frankly anything that you think could need highlighting. Alternatively, outdoor-friendly fairy lights are a great way of creating an atmosphere but providing you with the light you need, too.
When you have limited space, finding the room for all of the plants you could want can be a struggle, but luckily someone somewhere introduced the trend of tiered plants and it’s since been found in gardens all over the world. Walls and fences can now be room for all kinds of greenery, whether it’s through wall-mounted planters, hanging baskets, tiered planters or even climbing plants that will physically do the work for you!
If the planters are too heavy or you don’t want to permanently attach them, planters on wheels can be a great way to keep your garden mobile and flexible. You can move planters around with ease and even store them away when not in use, giving you plenty of room for new plants.
Think About Your Lifestyle
If your garden is truly small, you’ll need to consider what you’ll be using the outdoor space for and how much maintenance it will take. Do you use your garden for entertaining? You’ll need to focus on the ‘wow’ factor and ensuring there’s enough seating for everyone. Have a busy work-centred life? A simple but relaxing space that’s easy to maintain is ideal. Make a list of everything you need your garden to do for you, and then plot what’ll actually be in it from there – just remember to be realistic!
Making the most of your smaller spaces doesn’t have to be a struggle. By simply stopping and thinking about what you need your garden to do for you, you can prioritise what you need and where it needs to go. Pay attention to sunlight; find some decent lighting and use up all the space you can – yes, including walls! – and you’ll be well on your way to having the garden of your dreams without needing to shell out for the privilege of a large, high-maintenance garden!