10 Ways to Make the Most of a Small Garden

Beautiful Small Garden


Just because your garden is small doesn’t mean it can’t be a joy to behold. And small gardens also have the added bonus that they can be easily redesigned to suit your needs and mood.

Here are our top tips for making the most of a small garden:

  1. Use Every Dimension

Look carefully at your garden and it surroundings; you’ll often discover that your garden offers more space and surfaces than you first thought. Don’t just look at ground space, also consider walls, fences, the side of a shed, windowsills and more. With such a wide range of planters available, you can use almost any surface in your outdoor space to grow plants and flowers.

  1. Containers and Planters

Containers and pots are excellent for the small garden. Not only can they be moved around and easily changed with the seasons, but they can also be used to create perspective by placing large pots near the house and smaller ones further away.

Try using tiered or hanging containers or planters to save space. They can be used for growing herbs, tomatoes, strawberries, small vegetables and flowers.

  1. Trellis Gardens

Use trellis to hide an ugly wall or fence and then hang pots of herbs on it.  Not only will it save space, it will also be a draw for the butterflies, bees and insects in the area. Alternatively, you can grow flowering plants on the trellis which will also be the centre of attraction amongst your wildlife visitors.

Find out more about how to attract insects, including bees and butterflies into your garden

  1. Hanging Gardens

Use a veranda or any overhang to create a tiered hanging garden. These are ideal for creating a display of flowers and can also be used for growing herbs, strawberries, cherry tomatoes and much more.

  1. Vertical Gardens

You can create a vertical garden against a wall or fence by stacking wooden pallets or crates. Again, these can be used to plant flowers, herbs, fruit and vegetables and they save an enormous amount of space.

Find out more about growing herbs with advice from the Royal Horticultural Society

Although there is some disagreement among those in the gardening world, the general consensus is if you want to create an illusion of space and depth in a small garden, then you should plant pastel pinks and purples close to the house and blues further away.

  1. Planting Trees

Even though your garden is small there are still ways to accommodate trees within it.  Obviously you won’t choose an oak tree but there are miniature trees, such as varieties of flowering cherries and Japanese maples which give a spectacular show and only grow to between two and four metres high. They will also draw birds and insects into your space.

  1. Adding Paving

Always choose small paving slabs or bricks. The eye will tell the brain that a space covered with small paving slabs is much larger than it is. Conversely, using large paving slabs or bricks will appear to create a smaller space.

  1. Lighting and Mirrors

Just as you would use a mirror in the house to give an illusion of depth, so you can use mirrors in the garden to the same effect. If the mirror is well placed, it can bring extra light into a small walled garden.

  1. Keep it Small

Whatever you are choosing to put in your garden, whether it’s furniture, plants, a pond, a fountain or pots, make sure you keep it in proportion to the space available. For example, rather than buying a huge table and chairs that will take up all your available space, look for tables that extend or can be easily folded away when not in use.

A small strategically placed pond can add an extra dimension to the garden. It also encourages wildlife into your green space.

We hope this has given you some ideas on how to make the best use of space in a small garden.  We would be delighted to hear your own tips. Feel free to share them in the comments section below.

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3 Replies to “10 Ways to Make the Most of a Small Garden”

  1. I’d never even thought of using mirrors in my garden – I’ll have to have a think about how to hang one 🙂

  2. I thought about mirrors and ended up getting a bit craft-y! I found some ones that were different colours and broke them up (don’t talk to me about 7 years of bad luck!) Then I stuck them back together in a kind of mosaic style. Looks amazing – thanks Jenny for the tip!

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