Most of have small gardens, but let’s not be inhibited by this.
You just have to be a bit more thoughtful about the lay-out and what you put into it because everything is magnified in a small space.
The lay-out is important, sub-division with hedges, trellis or planting gives the illusion that the garden is bigger.
Keep it simple, but avoid using small features and add something bold like sculpture or some plants with big leaves.
The garden below, designed by me, uses reclaimed materials for the deck, so if like me, you’re keen on sustainablilty you can incorporate this into your garden.
- use reclaimed timber where possible
- avoid discarding plants that are already in the garden, try re-positioning them in a different place
- choose plants that will flourish in the conditions in your garden so they won’t need replacing.
It’s nice to have a good view if you have an office in your garden, this beautiful little garden, designed by Mark Gregory, has sustainable features like the green wall.
A small garden can be more interesting with different levels, like this one
This smart little garden is designed to attract birds and other small wildlife
You can squeeze a water feature into the smallest space, the sound of water is very cooling in summer and good for attracting birds.
Even a postage stamp size garden has great potential.
Have a look here at an earlier post about garden water features.
all images: Jill Anderson