Whether you enjoy a spot of gardening or like relaxing in the sunshine with a good book, spending time in the garden can really lift your mood. If it’s small and you don’t know how to get the best out of it, fear not. Small gardens can create a big impact and can prove just as enjoyable as a bigger area would be.
There are loads of things you can do to make it a homely and inviting space. Here are 6 ways to make the most of a small garden.
Plan in advance
Before starting any work, draw out the dimensions of your garden on a piece of paper as close to scale as you can. This will make it easier for you to plan things out. Zoning a small garden by creating different sections is a good idea and creates the illusion of it being bigger than it is. Have a look at interior design and gardening magazines and create a mood board. Your mood board should include images that depict the textures, colors, and themes that you want to replicate. Gardens don’t have to consist of grass and a few flowers. With some patience and creativity, your small garden can become an amazing space and so you should design it just like any other room in your home. Once you have a good idea of the look you want, you can get started.
Use your vertical space
Fencing and walls provide valuable space in a small garden, and there are loads of things you can do with them. Many stores sell planters that can be hung on fences so, adding lots of those in different colors filled with flowers and plants can add warmth and character. You might also want to consider painting your fencing white to create the illusion of space. You can also add solar lights to your garden boundaries to create a relaxing and calm atmosphere in the evenings.
Save space with raised beds, pots and planters
As your garden is small, you may not have available space to plant directly into the soil. Raised beds along your garden borders filled with shrubs and flowers won’t take up very much space at all. If the bed walls are deep enough, they can provide extra seating too. Pots and planters can easily be moved around and so are an extremely versatile addition to any garden. Many pots come in bright or pastel colors and can brighten up even the smallest of spaces.
Pay some attention to the exterior of your home
Don’t forget to make the exterior of your home look pretty too so it coordinates with your garden scheme. Window boxes are great for small gardens. They can be fixed to window sills or balconies or placed underneath the windows which will take up hardly any space at all. Fill with seasonal plants and flowers or, if you fancy growing herbs, window boxes are ideal. If you want further inspiration, there are lots of window box planter ideas that can be found online.
Hanging baskets are another great way to beautify the outside of your home. They come in all different shapes and sizes and look amazing when hung each side of an entrance door.
Somewhere to relax
Regardless of how small your garden might be, try to include some form of seating area when planning its design. If you are severely limited for space, consider buying a folding table and chairs which can be stored away when not in use. Outdoor beanbags come in loads of different colors and are not only comfy but are waterproof, so you don’t need to worry if you forget to bring them inside. If you have space for a small patio area, pallet sofas and chairs are a great idea and cheap to make. Add lots of cushions, a small table, and some candles to create a cozy little space for you to relax in.
A space for the kids
If you have kids, a small garden may not be ideal, but you have to make the best of it. Whilst you might not be able to add a trampoline or swing set, there are lots of garden toys like tunnels and tents that don’t take up much space and can be easily stored away. If you have a corner of your garden that isn’t being used, consider making a little sandpit or mud kitchen. The kids will love it!