Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Inspiring ideas for small gardens

Great gardens come in different sizes and designs. When designed effectively, small gardens can also become a functional space with a relaxing ambiance. 

A small space calls for a cohesive design using complementary plants and materials. Choose one overall style, and stick to its design elements to achieve this style.

Browse these inspiring ideas to maximize your small garden to its full potential. 

Keep it simple

A small space calls for a cohesive design using complementary plants and materials. Choose one overall style, and stick to its design elements to achieve this style. Creating a focal point can help direct attention and make a garden look neat and tidy. A focal point can be a large plant, a quaint seating nook, or even a water feature. 

Limit plants and materials

According to award-winning designer Andy Sturgeon, too much variety in plants and materials can make your garden design too complicated and inharmonious. Limit your plant and material selections to a few, and scatter these textures across the garden to create a cohesive look. 

Take advantage of scale

Use scale to make your garden look bigger. Big tropical plants usually have large leaves that can offer a lush feel to your garden. Don’t be afraid to include some large, architectural plants in your garden either. These can add drama to your landscaping or even serve as your garden’s focal point. 

Borrow the neighboring landscape

If your garden is located beside your neighbor’s garden, there may be some tall plants or trees that can be seen from your garden. Use this to your advantage by considering them in your garden design. These tall plants and trees can become a background for your garden, making it look more spacious. 

Think of function and flexibility

A small garden can also have the comforts and features of bigger gardens, but in a smaller scale. Introduce some compact seating options with built-in benches or small chairs. Bigger gardens usually have tool sheds, but for your small garden, make do with tucking some concealed storage options into built-in furniture.


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