A small garden should be seen as a challenge because it doesn’t matter what size your garden is, it has the potential to be a relaxing and recuperative place to enjoy with friends and family. Space is often at a premium in urban areas, and this results in many property developers prioritizing interior sizes. Sadly, as a result, gardens are getting smaller. If you have a very small garden, don’t give up on it or neglect it.
Here are some ways to make the most of any outdoor space.
Stick to a Colour Scheme
If you have too many colours in your garden it will look overcrowded. Choosing a colour palette for your garden does not mean that it will be boring – or that you can’t break the rules from time to time. It will give your garden a sense of visual continuity while making it appear bigger than it previously did. A colour scheme does not have to be restrictive – you don’t just have to choose pinks or purples.
One popular choice is only selecting purple, yellow and red flowers to put in your garden – this fits with the current wildflower trend and gives the illusion of an expansive meadow when in reality there is just a small patch of grass.
Keep a Space for the Kids
Even if your garden is severely limited in size, it will still seem like a jungle, forest and wilderness combined to your kids. Children thrive in outdoor spaces and you should prioritise their enjoyment of the garden over your own. Try to avoid delicate ornaments that can be damaged with balls and toys, and allow trees to grow wild so they can be climbed and cherished.
If you organise your garden too rigidly you will lose the magical quality that every garden should have. If space is at a premium, you can sit down with your whole family and discuss what they would like to gain from your outdoor space and make it together.
Create a Focal Point
If you put one outstanding feature in your garden, people’s eyes will be automatically drawn to it and they won’t notice the intimate nature of your garden. This is the time for you to be really creative about what you would like as your focal point. Here are a few popular ideas for distinguishing features in a garden:
- Placing a beautiful statue at the back
- Creating a pond or Water Garden which fish and other animals can enjoy
- A large mirror will help give your garden a unique and curious feel, while helping to make the space look bigger.
Focal points work by drawing the eye and pleasing the visual palette – something the best small gardens, like those in Japan, will do.
Add Personal Touches
By making homemade details for your garden, you are fulfilling its potential to be unique, regardless of size. One simple way to make the most out of a small garden is to make a mosaic from broken pots and glass. This does not require any artistic experience or talent and is a fun way to get the whole family together when you are decorating the garden. This can be put on a garden wall, floor, or it can even be used to decorate a table.
It doesn’t matter if your garden is big or small, if you add personal touches and maintain it then it will still look impressive.