Your back lawn may not resemble the gardens of Versailles, but there’s no reason why you can’t create an outside space fit for a king (or queen). With a little design know-how, even the most petite of grass patches, the humblest of patios or the tiniest of balconies can be transformed into a beautiful place you’ll want to spend lots of time. We share our top tips for small gardens…
Into The Fold
Foldable furniture is a small garden’s best friend. Whether you have family over for an al-fresco meal or want to free up some space for a spot of gardening, these space-saving furniture pieces can be brought in and out to your heart’s content. We couldn’t imagine a lovelier spot for our avo on toast.
Plant Pots That Pop
Don’t let space restrictions stop you from creating a garden full of blooms. Create contrast and visual vibrancy with flower pots in different colours, shapes and sizes. If your urban garden comes in the form of a tiny balcony, don’t worry. Create a green oasis in the sky by making a feature of your railings with entwining vines or adding a pop of colour with wind-tolerant plants and flowers.
A midsummer night’s dream
We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again, lighting is the simplest way to create a cosy ambience in your garden. Look to atmospheric candles and glowing lanterns to add a hint of romance to a balmy summer evening spent outdoors.
A Foliage Feature
A key trick for disguising a limited space is to make the boundaries disappear. Liven up a back wall or fence with sun-seeking climbing plants and textures of foliage in a colour palette of light green, grey and silver to make the space feel bigger. If you’re lucky enough to have a brick wall, cover it in wisteria – you’ll thank us every spring when you are rewarded with the most amazing Instagram-worthy display.
Mirror, Mirror On The Wall
A mirror is a clever addition to any small garden. Opening up the space and reflecting light in more shady corners, it will give the illusion of a garden double the size. Choose one that will blend seamlessly into the surroundings and look to full length ones to trick the eye.
Bright rugs, vibrant cushions and cosy throws can bring even the most miniscule garden to life, making your outdoor space all the more inviting.
Looking for more inspiration? Read our top tips on adding colour to your garden.