Even if you have a small garden, you shouldn’t neglect this space. It’s true: you don’t have quite the same scope and possibilities available as with a large, sprawling garden. Yet there’s still plenty of potential for you to craft an outdoor space that’s beautiful and practical.
With that said, it can be difficult to understand where to start. You have to think carefully about layouts, clever solutions, and ideas that can maximize your limited space. Trying to do that on your own is a daunting task.
Fortunately, this guide is here to offer a helping hand. Here are a few helpful tips to create a stunning garden in a small space.
Settle on a style
Before you proceed too far, it’s important your first step is to decide on a style for your small garden. Is the plan to create a traditional outdoor space? Maybe you have the idea of going in the opposite direction with a modern style? Perhaps you want a practical area for your children to enjoy?
Once you have a feel for the type of space you want to create, it’s time to start putting together a collection of ideas. Don’t be scared to bust out the mood board to achieve a clearer picture of what you desire from your garden.
Of course, you have to account for the space itself. The style has to work for your garden, not the other way around.
Assess your garden
Another vital step is to assess your garden in its current state. Are there any features you’d like to retain? What challenges does the layout present? Is there any sloping that makes changes difficult? Once you get answers to questions like these, you have a better idea of how to proceed with your redevelopment plans.
If you’re doing all of the design on your own, this also presents the ideal time to grab the measuring tape and get the exact dimensions of your garden.
With minimal space to play with, one of the best tips is to go with a vertical approach. This is particularly the case if you desire a plant-heavy garden. Rather than take up vital floorspace, you can use walls, fences, and hanging baskets to grow upwards!
Along with creating a colorful, vibrant surrounding for your garden, it can help with privacy from neighbors and produce an illusion of abundance.
Add life to your small garden by attracting wildlife. Along with flowers that help to entice butterflies and bees to your outdoor space, there are various installations you can make that will further boost your garden nature plans – and they won’t take up much room, either.
Feeding stations, bug hotels, bird boxes – all of these can be used to bring birds and insects to your garden. The result: you gain a hive of activity that’s always interesting to watch.
Stay tidy with a shed
The ambiance of your garden can quickly dissipate if it’s littered with clutter like garden tools, seating, and outdoor toys. The problem is that, due to having a limited amount of space to play with, you might not know where to find a viable place to store these items.
This is where small sheds for small spaces are an ideal solution. Naturally, they don’t take up much room in your garden. Yet make no mistake: they’re surprisingly capacious – to the point they are ideal for storing smaller yard items. Their durability also means it keeps everything protected from the elements.
With the right small shed, it also won’t detract from the overall style of your garden or stick out like a sore thumb.
Select your garden furniture
Your garden is now bright, vibrant, and tranquil. You want to enjoy it as much as possible. This is where garden furniture comes into play, allowing you to sit back, unwind, and take in the space you have created.
Unlike a larger garden, you don’t have the luxury of picking whatever garden furniture you want. Firstly, it has to fit in your humble yard. The last thing you want to do is cram it into your garden, taking away any breathing space. Rather than, say, an entire outdoor furniture set, you may decide to go with a bench that sits against the wall or fence.
Alternatively, foldable furniture might be a better fit – pardon the pun. You can bring it out of the shed when needed, put it back once done, and not permanently eat into your garden’s space.