Having a small outdoor area can sometimes be frustrating for budding gardeners, with limitations set before they even get started. If you’ve recently moved to a house with a smaller garden, you may feel a little deflated with your gardening prospects. However, having a cosy garden doesn’t mean you comprise on quality.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to designing your garden, no matter how small it may be. These space-savvy tips don’t require a big budget, and your imagination and creativity will go a long way. In fact, having a reduced space can often encourage your creativity in finding novel solutions.
Plant A Garden In Pots
The method of planting a garden in pots is nothing new, people with balconies in cities have been adopting this practice for many years to create their own little haven of tranquility. This solution can also be applied to those with a little more garden space to work with. To make a plant pot garden as aesthetically pleasing as possible, it is preferable to choose a variety of pot shapes, sizes and colours. If you’re feeling crafty, then why not try creating something yourself? You can buy a plain clay pot at most garden centers ready to be painted and polished up with your fun designs. Once you have finished designing your pots, dot them all around the garden at different levels, adding another dimension to the space.
Overbearing furniture is a momentous mistake in small gardens. Large luxurious wicker furniture is not always practical for restricted spaces and it is a great idea to look at bistro style outdoor seating, where you an enjoy all the perks of outdoor living without taking up too much room. Even better, opt for all-weather furniture which means you won’t have the hassle of finding storage in the winter months.
Elevated Garden Beds
Create further levels to your garden by erecting an elevated herb garden bed (which can also be used for growing fruit and vegetables). Not only will this look great, but it also allows you to have your very own vegetable patch in a limited space! You can buy a ready-made elevated garden or build one yourself with a wooden box and stilts. The great part of an elevated herb garden bed is that you can stagger one on top of the other (allowing room for sunlight) so you can grow an array of produce right on your doorstep!
Hanging baskets are an often underrated way of adding some colour and depth to any garden. Not only are they easy to maintain, but if you’re feeling super lazy – you can buy them already made! They look particularly striking hung either side of a doorway.
Create A Living Wall
A living wall is a glorious idea for those with even the tiniest of outdoor spaces, and they are not as complicated as they look. They are essentially created by the process of constructing a wall made entirely of your favourite flowers, fruits and plants. Some great plants what work well for this include: Pyracantha, Strawberries, Bergenia and Fuchsia. Living walls are particularly popular for those with balconies or communal gardens as a way of creating a friendly floral barrier.
They say if you can’t build out, build up. That is certainly the principle behind planting a vertical garden. This gardening trend has sprouted over recent years, with many gardener’s reaping the benefit’s of trying out a vertical garden. There are no set rules when it comes to creating a vertical garden, so you can go as little or big as you like. Homemade vertical gardens are often made using innovative ideas such as hanging pots, using gutter sections, pallets and even bottles. If you’re a little pressed for ideas, then you can buy vertical garden pots from your local gardening centre that feature various sections for your plants.
Get Professional Advice
If you still feel you need help, then you can always consult a garden designer who will help you turn your visions into reality.
So don’t be disheartened if you find your otherwise perfect house has a compact garden, there are plenty of ways to utilise the space so you don’t miss out. Why not try out a few of these tips and watch your garden come to life?