Top 10 tips for small gardens
October 01, 2013
Now we’re in the middle of Spring our gardens are hopefully colourful and in full bloom.
Even if you have a small garden there are still opportunities to make good use of our outdoor spaces in Spring.
- Use tall shrubs and trees with lots of foliage to draw your eye upwards.
- Choose vertical fence and screen designs. The wider the panels or slats, the bigger the space will look.
- As a general rule, the bigger the paver and the less intricate the pattern, the more open the space will appear.
- Choose a single paving material, such as all sandstone or all brick.
- Introduce a level change. This could be a single step, a low wall or a ‘fake’ raised garden bed.
- Get the balance right. The area allocated for dining, reclining or entertaining should be bigger than the lawn or plant area.
- Create the illusion of an extended space by drawing attention to corners with winding paths, feature plants or a piece of garden art.
- Use a few tall, well-shaped plants rather than a mass of little ones.
- Choose colours carefully, especially for walls. Blue tends to fade into the distance while red tends to close in on you. If you have any large, cumbersome features, such as a shed, paint it in a neutral colour so it recedes rather than dominates the garden.
- Try to create two or three distinct areas or ‘rooms’. This could be a paved area for dining, an area of lawn for playing and a corner with a single bench offering a view of a discreetly placed statue.
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