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Small Garden, Big Impact – Seven Inspiring Ideas

When property developers and homeowners find themselves dealing with comparatively tiny gardens, it can be difficult to find inspiration. More often than not, the standard approach is to simply go as minimalist as possible, in order to prevent the space looking and feeling any smaller than it already does.

Which for both property developers and homeowners alike can be something of a shame. Particularly given the fact that such a huge number of properties across the country have only the smallest exterior living spaces to play with.

In reality however, even the smallest of gardens has the potential to be transformed into something quite spectacular. It’s simply a case of being strategic and proactive with the space you have available, rather than interpreting it as problematic.

So for the benefit of both property developers and homeowners alike, what follows is a brief overview of just a few inspiring ideas for creating the biggest impact with even the smallest garden:

1. Install a vertical garden

First and foremost, not only are vertical gardens incredibly fashionable and practical, they can also be uniquely attractive. It’s simply a case of getting out of the mindset whereby everything is considered horizontally, rather than vertically. When property developers and homeowners have only a small amount of available floor space to work with, this doesn’t mean they don’t have ample vertical space to create a spectacular vertical garden. It’s even possible to get started using no more than a few bits and pieces from around the home.

2. Create a miniature garden

If the exterior space simply isn’t large enough to create a garden of any practical value, there’s always the option of creating a miniature ornamental garden as an attractive visual touch. All you’ll need is one large planter – or something of a similar nature you can fashion yourself – in order to transform at least one corner of the space into an attractive focal point for the space.

3. Add pots and plants

One of the easiest and most effective ways of breathing life into a smaller outdoor space is to add a series of pots, planters and anything else of a similar nature you fancy. Along with allowing you to bring the plants of your choosing into the space without making it feel crowded and cluttered, pots and planters also bring the benefit of being able to move and rearrange them as and when you like. Great for property developers and homeowners with a tendency to be somewhat indecisive!

4. Low maintenance succulents

In many instances, smaller gardens can be particularly difficult to work with due to problems with accessibility and general manoeuvrability. Hence the benefits of planting the kinds of succulents and other specimens which for the most part take care of themselves. They’ll bring plenty of colour and life to your small garden, without asking a great deal in return!

5. Climbing plants

Back with the idea of making use of vertical space for a moment, you might also want to think about the kinds of plants you can train to grow up any blank spaces you have. There are so many incredible specimens that can be used to brighten up your small garden, without having to take up almost any floor space whatsoever. Star jasmine, native clematis and Mexican blood flower representing just three examples.

6. Hang some baskets

Another favourite among savvy property developers and homeowners alike, hanging baskets can be brilliant for preserving as much floor space as possible, while at the same time bringing plenty of colour and life into your smaller garden. And once again, there’s always the option of creating your own DIY hanging baskets by recycling or upcycling all manner of bits and pieces from around the home.

7. Go with evergreens

Last but not least, the smartest property developers and homeowners looking to enhance smaller gardens are those who focus on foliage over flowers. The reason being that evergreens can be relied on to bring plenty of life and brightness into the outdoor space throughout the year, while annual plants are seasonal and require considerably more time and attention. It’s simply a case of making life that little bit easier for yourself!



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