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5 ideas for small gardens

The size of your garden doesn't need to limit it's potential, and even the tiniest piece of outdoor space can offer some much-needed contact with nature.

The advantage of small gardens is that they can encourage inventive ideas and creativity to maximise the use of space. Here are five design ideas to try.

Container planting

While you might not have space for a lawn or flower beds, you can still bring small trees and plants into your garden through the beauty of container planting.

Pots and planters can be filled with seasonal plants, grouped together to maximise on greenery and colour. Window boxes are another way of helping your garden feel fuller, without taking away from the floor space available.

Raised beds and borders

Raised beds and borders are a fast way to frame your garden, offering structure if you don't have a huge amount of ground available. You can have these made to measure, offering lots of opportunity to plant out herbs, vegetables and fruit.

Trailing plants and climbers

If there isn't enough space available for flower beds, why not consider trailing plants and climbers?

This option helps to lift plants off the ground, maximising the fences and the wall space available. Clematis, Sweet Pea and Jasmine are all good choices, with the latter providing a wonderful scent during the flowering season.

You can also use vertical wall space such as trellis for hanging pots, adding a boost of colour to the area.

Vary the plant sizes

It can be tempting to keep everything small, but in reality this can actually reduce the feeling of space in your outdoor area. Planting some larger shrubs can create the illusion of space, just be sure to avoid very dense varieties, as these can overcrowd the other greenery.

Multi-stem trees are a good choice, as they will allow light to shine through. Popular multi-stem options include birch, acer and ornamental cherries.

Include an arbour

If you have a corner space available, adding in an arbour will offer both comfortable seating and shade, while drawing your eye to an inviting focal point. This can help your garden feel larger, all the while taking up less space than the more traditional pergola.

If you'd like to chat to us about design ideas, please do get in touch. We're always happy to talk gardens:

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