Not all of us are blessed with oodles of outdoor space which can make it tricky to know what to do with your space. If your garden is on the small side, here are some tips on how you can make the most of what you’ve got.
Reduce The Need For Storage
Small gardens generally don’t have room for storage – this means a garden shed could be taking up valuable space when it doesn’t need to. If this is the case for you, consider what you can do to reduce the need to bulky storage. For example, you might think about swapping real grass for fake grass. As per every artificial grass care guide, fake grass requires nothing more than brush or a hose down every now and then, meaning you can get rid of your big lawn mower, packs of seed, shovels, and strimmer.
Other things that may need storage include things like bikes. Rather than keeping a shed for a bike, consider buying a special bike shed. They’re far smaller and more slimline, making them a better option for a small space.
Paint The Fence A Bright Color
Dark colors can make a space seem smaller than it is, especially on something tall and enclosing like a fence. Rather than painting your garden fence a standard dark green or brown shade, try and make use of brighter shades. If you’re not entirely into the white picket fence look, try a pastel color like green, blue, purple, or even pink. A muted shade will be enough to make the space appear airier and bigger than it is, but the pastel hue isn’t quite as offensive or in-your-face.
Avoid Bulky Furniture
No matter how much you might want a gigantic barbeque, an L-shaped rattan sofa set, and a dining bench to match, sometimes, you simply don’t have the space. Rather than overcrowding your outdoor space, think carefully about what you’ll actually use and how often, and then decide whether it’s worth buying.
If you know for a fact you’ll use an outdoor swing frequently, go ahead and buy it! Do bear in mind dimensions – there are more often than not more streamlined options available, so look down every avenue before committing to the first one you see.
Make Use Of Levels
In instances where you don’t have a lot of flat space but you have a lot of plans, you can level up. Gardens don’t just have to be flat – you can build platforms and scale things upwards. Whether you make use of raised planters and hanging baskets to free up floorspace, or insert a raised decking area to separate your eating space and general lawn, there are lots of ways adding levels to your garden can make it appear bigger and allow you to incorporate everything you want to.
If you’re really pushed for space, think about vertical gardens whereby you utilize one wall or ladder for all your plants. This is a popular choice on balconies.
Implement Lots Of Colors
As mentioned previously, color can have a big bearing on how a space looks and feels, especially in regard to size. The darker the colors you choose, the smaller and more cramped your garden will appear. This doesn’t mean you can’t have lots of foliage, it just means you need to think more carefully about colors and how they’re spaced. For example, a big green hedge may take up a lot of border space, whereas grasses like fountain grass or golden oats provide ample greenery without appearing boxy and bulky.
These are just some of the ways you can make the most of your small garden. Do you have any of your own tips to share?