Think you can’t do much with a small garden? Think again! If your garden is full of rubbish, overgrown plants and long grass, simply because it is so small you don’t know what else to do with it, then it is time to tidy it up!
There is so much that you can do with a small space that you don’t need to leave it neglected. Check out these budget hacks to make the most of your small space – then, when the garden is tidy, get your supplies from an online garden centre and start creating the garden that you thought you could only have in your dreams.
1. Opt for foldaway furniture
Furniture can take up a huge portion of your limited space, so be clever when purchasing it. Think tables and chairs that can be folded away – so you can take it out when you need it and put it away when you don’t!
2. Use height – make the most of walls and fences!
If you have a small garden, you'll want to be making the most of your walls and fences. Hanging baskets, trellises and windowsill boxes are the perfect places to plant flowers. Not only can you have the plants and flowers you didn’t have space for on the floor, they will also draw eyes upwards – making the space feel bigger.
3. Tiered Planters
Likewise, tiered planters are the perfect way to make the most of space on the floor. Rather than having one plant pot on the floor, these can be built upwards and could be used as a vegetable or herb garden, or simply to add more colour to the space.
4. Choose plants carefully
It is important to choose your plants carefully – brightly coloured plants and features, for example, can make a garden appear lighter and bigger. Cool colours such as purples and blues also work to create the feel of a bigger space as they recede the field of vision. Amaryllis bulbs are great colourful flowers to start with.
5. Create different zones
This could be done via split-level decking or by using an arch to create separate garden areas. By dividing your garden into sections and creating hidden areas, you will make it feel much bigger. This can also help to create privacy. A common problem with small gardens is other people being able to look in on them – arches can help to create a secluded area.
6. Take the indoors outside
The benefit of a small garden is the coziness of it, so take advantage of this. Take the indoors out into the garden with pillows, candles and fairy lights, making it effectively an extra room in your house where you can get fresh air. It can be the perfect place to spend a summer’s evening with a bottle of wine and friends!
Mirrors are another great accessory you can take outside as they make the space feel larger than it is by reflecting the surrounding greenery.
There are so many ways to make the most of a small backyard and a few simple space saving decorating and gardening tricks can have it feeling much larger in time!
What's your top gardening tip?