Stuck with a tiny garden? How to maximize your property

Big Small Garden Ideas: Stuck with a tiny outdoor space? That’s how you maximize your plot, says Gareth Rubin

Many of us would appreciate a garden that stretches for several acres, includes a tennis court and a small field, and still leaves room for fruit bushes.

Instead, most Brits have to settle for something no bigger than a postage stamp.

Fortunately, however, there are ways to make even the smallest outdoor space appear spacious, which in turn attracts buyers and increases the value of your home.

Get creative: create the illusion of more space with clever planting

Blur the lines

Paint your garden walls green and dress them up with climbing plants. By hiding the edges, you let your outdoor space expand. So remove twinkling lights and other clutter from the walls and help them blend in with the vegetation. And if you also paint planters and other surfaces green – with furniture the same color – the eye is fooled into making everything appear larger.

Downsize your shed

The wooden monster at the end of the garden is used more as a junk shop than for garden needs. Your old baby gear, half-used paint pots and folding chairs can all be relocated, given away or thrown away. Really, you don’t need anything bigger than a closet to house the lawnmower and secateurs. On the man-made grounds, you can squeeze into a tiny garden shed big enough for two seats and a table to enjoy a glass of wine in the sun.

Add layers and life

A border can be as little as 60cm deep and still add a new layer to the garden. Place it around an existing patio or deck where the scents will make al fresco dining a much more enjoyable experience. The attracted bees and other insects bring more life and color into the room.

Trick to double spaces

A large mirror at the end of the garden will instantly appear to double the length of your space. Dress up the edges with some plants and visitors won’t even realize what it is until they’re up close. It also brings extra light into shady zones.

Am greedy shrubs

Large shrubs are often used to mark the boundary of a garden, but they are light hungry and can easily become overgrown. Instead, opt for an attractive fence or narrow planters – these separate your garden from your neighbor’s just as well.

For variety, be versatile

You can have a small patio for grilling and dining, a lawn for sunbathing, a small water feature, a wild zone – but make sure they don’t all blend into one. The result will be visual anarchy.

To avoid this, buy small and flexible pieces of furniture. Benches, for example, are visually less obtrusive than chairs and can serve as tables. Hammocks can come and go for lazy days, and additional seating can be built into large planters.

Plan wise planting

Plants of different heights add a sense of depth—and potted trees take up little space, so you can still have the fruit or olive tree you dream of, even if you only have a tiny patio.

to handle tweaks

Instead of decking, you could use patterned tiles. They are durable and spice up the room endlessly. You’ll have a talking point for visitors even if your garden barely has room for a table and two chairs!

If you want to create a space for entertaining, add a fire pit or buy a projector so you can watch a movie beamed onto a blank wall. You don’t need much space and with a few drinks it could be an unforgettable evening.

The sky is the limit

Don’t forget, there’s space above you too. You could have a pergola with hanging baskets to squeeze in a few more plants, or drape pretty lights from the beams to add beauty when night falls.

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