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Making the Most out of a Small Garden Design

Although gardeners can work in any environment, a small space can sometimes feel slightly more challenging. It is often a good idea to have a list of tips and tricks rolled up your sleeve. This is to always offer clients the most from their small garden design. So, this week we are discussing what tricks work best for a small space.

Use Height in your Small Garden Design

From the side of the fence to the property wall, there is plenty of tall space for you to work with. We use our walls within the home for pictures, shelving, cupboards, and so much more. Why can’t you do the same thing for a small garden design?

Consider the use of creepers and trailers to make the most of tall spaces. Get blooms up on high with hanging baskets, window boxes and wall mangers. These will bring eyes upwards, making the small garden design appear bigger.


Though you may be working with a small space, it does not mean to say you cannot split the garden into sections. Create hidden areas to make it feel bigger as not everything will be seen in one take. Even in a small space, features such as an arch will create the perfect garden divide.

Pave Diagonally

Paving doesn’t just need to be laid out straight with the flat edge towards the house. Laying it diagonally, or in a diamond formation, can give the illusion of a much bigger garden. Not to mention, it looks nice too.

Add Colour

We have previously discussed the idea of implementing colour schemes into the garden, and brightly colours plants and features are great for making any small garden design appear bigger and lighter. Choosing golden or sandy colours, bright foliage and trees would make a wonderful contribution.

It is a general rule that warm tones such as reds and oranges can make the garden feel more intimate, but cool colours such as purples and blues can recede the field of vision. This will make open up the small garden design, making it feel light and airy.

Add Trees

If your client is looking for a bit of privacy, adding a tall tree is a good option. Canopy trees are wonderful as they will provide a leafy roof without taking up much ground space. You can even make more space by clearing away the lower stems.

Attract Wildlife

Birdhouses, feeders, roosting pouches and insect hotels will certainly bring more life to a small garden design with bird and other insect activity. Wildlife can thrive, even in the smallest of spaces, so it is always a good idea to make space for little creatures in your garden design project.

You can attract more wildlife by planting their favourite flowers. These will bring in lots of bees, butterflies and much more that will add an extra pop of colour. Soon after the installation of your small garden design, it will be a hive of activity!

Be Smart about Furniture in your Small Garden Design

It’s a good idea to implement furniture that can be folded and put away to avoid cluttering. There isn’t much point in having a large dining set taking up all the space in a small garden design. There are plenty of options online that are both stylish and practical, so go through these with your client to get the best option available to them.

Pot About!

Pots are a wonderful option for small trees or flowering bedding plants, and they can be changed and moved around with ease. This certainly has a positive impact on small spaces as if the client wishes to change the layout at any point, they may do so with little effort. Pots and containers are ideal for flexibility and to make a small garden design easy to maintain in the long run.

Sound and Movement

Implement points of interest to your small garden design that offer both motion and sound. A small water feature can be placed anywhere and often run using their own reservoir pump. Water features make delightful points of focus and create a tranquil environment.

Get in touch with Ladybrook Nursery

No matter how small a project, there are always wonderful design tricks to make the small garden design appear bigger and more tranquil. Ladybrook Nursery has a wonderful range of colourful plants that will help bring the space to life. Get in touch for more information.

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