Having a small garden doesn’t mean that you can’t have a nice garden or the garden of your dreams, you just have to be that bit more creative and use space cleverly and efficiently. Whether you live in a house with a small front garden or a small back or side garden you can come up with some great small garden design ideas to maximise the space you have and make the most of it. Because your garden is smaller it should cost less than a bigger garden to do right?
Small garden ideas on budget can be hard to achieve and if there are existing plants try relocating them to save money. Many homes and in some cases apartments come with very limited garden space especially if you are living in or near the city centre where space is at a premium.
Garden ideas for small gardens need to be thought out carefully and you should really pace out or measure your space and see how much you really need to use for plants and bedding.
What is the climate like?
What part gets most sun, if any?
Is there an ugly spot you wish to cover up?
Wall, drain or fence?
Do you have a feature or focal point you want to incorporate like any garden ornaments or maybe garden statues?
If it is a small space does it have soil already?
Is it sandy or clay?
Remember your budget, soil can be expensive. Keep an eye on local websites as often construction companies or individuals give top soil away for free. You need to determine a purpose for your garden. Is it solely decorative, low maintenance or would you like to have a herb garden mixed with some plants? Small flower garden ideas with some nice garden furniture can make a nice retreat to get away from things and escape to the outdoors.
Because you are limed in space horizontally doesn’t mean you can’t go up!
Try your hand at a vertical garden feature or even introduce a garden arch with some climbers to add some variety and scale, like using perspective – larger objects or plants to the front and small plants, flowers further back to give an illusion of ‘more space.’
You can research small garden landscaping ideas but because space is limited every plant or flower counts. Small gardens or flower gardens work best with a simple colour scheme, so try pick a colour and stick to it. To be greeted by a loud splash of similar coloured flowers as opposed to a mix match of coloured flowers has more impact. Too many colours leads to visual confusion. Choose what you like and if you are on budget you can pick up flower bulbs at the end of flowering season in most local garden centers.
Small garden ideas still need to incorporate balance and a good way of doing this is by having a border or edging. Some gardens will run vertically or horizontally so you have to choose the depth of the border carefully. Borders or edging serve a real purpose, in that they keep flowers and plants on one side and the grass, weeds or stone work on the other. Having straight edged borders can have a very clinical appearance so perhaps introducing irregular shapes with curving lines will break things up, or even fill the edging with garden pebbles for variety, the space becomes more interesting and size not so important and also the edging will determine the tone of the flower garden or flower beds. Alternative to garden pebbles could be plastic edging, raw stone, railway sleepers partially buried, bricks, or logs. At the end of the day it will be a personal choice.
For some the garden will be something nice to look out at when it is in full bloom, others it is another room to escape to and enjoy the aromas or if you have some garden water features it will be the tranquil sound of slow running water to help unwind and relax. Water feature can provide a great focal point for small gardens with some great unusual options available. When choosing your shrubbery or plants know in advance what plants grow to what size and how quickly? Pick the plants to suit your space. You don’t want to have your nice relaxing patch over grown with plants that require a lot of maintenance and attention. Know your maintenance limits. As the small will be small so will maintenance, initially, decide in advance what you will be willing to do. Instead of grass you can get artificial grass if cutting might be an issue or you could cover the space with garden pebbles of flag stones, all low maintenance options. You could do up many small garden designs to see what might look best but also think about budget and upkeep for further down the line.
Not all small gardens are rear or side gardens a lot out there might have front gardens …not all of us! Trying to come up with small front garden ideas can be hard, try keep things simple, this will be the first part of your house that people see when calling or coming to visit. Try arranging some planters around the front door or even a Trellis beside the front door to ensure maximum impact with minimum effort. Revamping or having a great front garden isn’t all about the lawn or the flowers, a posh or wow factor path can make a really big impact too. The use if tiles, paving or garden pebbles can work well. Your garden will not just be viewed during the day so if budget allows invest in some lighting, especially near the front door. Simple things to make a small front garden look great include, nice big show off pots, hanging baskets, fencing, trellises, an inviting door mat and just try a beautify the uglies- if you have any that is!