When we have a small garden to work with things can be difficult when it comes to imagining doing much with the area. When you don’t have a lot of space, you might think you have to simply live with the garden you’ve got and cope with only having a lawn and some patio to work with. However, there are ways to give the illusion of space in a small garden, and you can still enjoy a lovely outdoor space for yourself and your family this summer.
1.Think of your view
A lot of the time the only way you will see your garden is through the kitchen window. Unless it is warm and sunny outside your regular view out of the window will be the only piece of garden you can enjoy. You will, therefore, want to take a look at the space from the inside of the house and see whether you can move things around to give an illusion of a larger garden from the inside. Make sure that your view is unhindered by large plants and make sure you can get plenty of light and color into the frame.
2. Use simple geometric lines
When you are thinking of changing your garden, the best thing you can do is keep it simple and use geometric shapes such as squares and triangles to lay out your lawn, patio, and flowerbeds. This way you will create a more organized looking space and this can be a huge help for you when it comes to creating a feeling of space and light in the garden. You can look to Japanese style gardens in particular for inspiration on these looks because this is where you will truly see small spaces come to life.
3.Mix materials… but only three
If you want to add a little bit of variety to a smaller garden space you can work with a few different materials to make the garden space feel like it is more expensive than it really is. For example, you could have a wooden deck, some small pebbles in the ground and a stone path which will give a feeling of nature and make the garden feel much better than it is. When you do mix materials like this though you must make sure that you only use a maximum of three. Any more than this can confuse the landscape.
4.Use a simple color scheme
The same rule applies to your color scheme in the garden and you should always aim to put only three colors in the area. For example, you can look online at color schemes and choose three contrasting or complementary colors and use these throughout your garden with flowers, plant pots, and accessories to make a more designed and styled look. A great color combination for the whole year around is red, blue and yellow.
5.Sunlight can be key
When it comes to giving an illusion of grandeur to your garden you need to make sure you are getting enough light into your small space. If you have a large tree blocking all of the light into the area you might think about tree removal as a way to bring the garden back to life and make it feel much brighter and welcoming all year long.
If tree removal isn’t an option, select shade-tolerant plants instead.
Today’s contributor offers some great hints on coping with a small garden space. Regardless of the size, create a beautiful garden space where you can relax and enjoy nature. Have a happy DIY day.