Gardens can be a source of real beauty and comfort in our homes. However, if you have a smaller than average space it can feel as if you have no room to make the most of it. But, this doesn’t have to be the case. A small garden space, given the right amount of TLC, can be just as wondrous as the grounds of a mansion – beauty is in the eyes of the beholder after all.
So, how exactly can you make the most of a small garden space in order to feel less cramped?
#1. Take Note of the Sun
The burning star most prominent in our sky dictates the hours of our day, the seasons of our life and even where the best spot is to grow plants in the garden. So it makes sense to take stock of where the sun shines brightest in your garden space before planting or placing anything. This way there is no need to lament a dying plant that has suffered a lack of sun.
For best results, try to grow a few practice plants and see how they fare in your garden space. Choose 3 locations that seem to gain the most sun and determine which plant has the best growth at the end of a set period, but make sure that all three are the same plant in order to make this a fair competition.
#2. Hardy Plants
If your lifestyle does not allow you a large amount of time for gardening care, then it is important to ensure your garden is full of tough plants. The kind of greenery that won’t wilt the minute you spend a day away from it. Potatoes are a good example of this, typically.
Dealing with a city garden or similar – thus the small space – especially calls for hardier plants, as the air pollution may affect the overall growth of your plants.
#3. Pick the Right Furniture
Large furniture sets can help to overwhelm a garden space at the best of times, let alone when you have little room to work with initially. So, it is important to choose the right sized furniture for the room that you do have. Take measurements, compare sizes and don’t commit to anything until you are sure it is not likely to overwhelm your garden space.
For a natural look that melds well with the rest of your garden, try some type of wicker conservatory furniture or similar. The natural effect will help to blend into the space more cohesively and brings the aesthetic of nature into your garden well.
#4. Is There Any Point in Grass?
Okay, this one will be quick: probably not. It takes a lot of time to maintain, especially mowing, and if your garden space is truly small then this will be a lot of effort for next to no reason. A modern garden is not deprived if it lacks grass. In fact, the lack of this classic element can even add to this 2017 aesthetic even more.
If your heart is set on a green floor, however, then a faux alternative may be your best bet. This can be used to cover a smaller space and comes without arduous upkeep routines. In fact, a good brush and removing of dirt regularly is the most you will have to do.
#5. Grow Up the Wall
When ground space is seriously lacking, sometimes you have to start thinking vertically. Often a small garden space has a lot more wall space in comparison to floor space and this is definitely something you will want to take advantage of.
Climbing plants come in many shapes and sizes. From classics such as roses to more interesting variants such as yellow pyracantha, you are bound to find a vine that will suit your needs in the flower world. If not, ivy is easy to grow and hardy for a particularly historic style.
#6. Feature Pots
It is likely that you will not have expansive amounts of soil – so important for plants to absorb nutrients after all – in which to plant flowers or grow your own vegetable patch. In which case, a number of flower pots can be the perfect alternative. From the windowsill, floor to hanging pots; the options are seemingly endless when it comes to portable flower growth.
#7. Mirror Effect
It is unlikely that you can magically make your garden bigger in reality. However, there is a way that you can trick your eye to make it seem that way. Mirrors are incredible when it comes to fooling the human eye into thinking that a space is much larger than it is (which is why this technique is so often used in indoor living spaces).
A mirror can appear as a ‘doorway’ into another room. One that doesn’t exist, but the illusion of more space is nice at the very least.
Okay, so we have established that you can’t exactly make a space bigger, but you can certainly make it lighter. The right lighting can make your garden space much more usable on a year-round basis, after all, you wouldn’t typically enjoy spending your evening sat in a pitch black garden in the heart of winter (unless that is your hobby, in which case power to you).
Lighting should be subtle when it comes to a smaller garden space, enough to illuminate and give a comforting glow during the later hours of the night. Fairy lights or other such stringed lighting can be ideal for this use – not to mention, it is capable of withstanding outdoor conditions for long periods of time.
#9. Use Simple Design
Sometimes less is more, especially in a small garden space. Too busy and you can make it feel cramped. Choose simple, clean, design elements that don’t make your space feel like a cluttered mess.
#10. Link with the Indoors
Often the easiest way to make a small garden feel that much bigger is to make it simply feel like an expansion of your indoor space. This is especially easy if you have an open plan dining area that leads out, a conservatory or some other type of large windowed access to the garden from your home.
Connections are essential in small spaces to make the flow easier to follow. Create these links for a smooth transition between the garden and living room, this will make the space feel much bigger in the long term.
Overall, ensuring that you use the most of your garden space is important in order to make a small space feel less restrictive. Design choices, a little hard work and a vision to improve can be the best way to make a small piece of natural paradise no matter the room you are working with.
About The Author: Zack Halliwell is an office admin, freelance writer and enthusiastic gardener; he is a man of many hats. This has meant a lot of free time spent writing about hobbies when he should actually be doing them.