With just a little creative thinking and a plan in place, you can transform even the smallest yard into your own personal oasis. To give you some inspiration, we’ve compiled the best small garden ideas you can use to enhance the look and feel of your home.
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Our Best Small Garden Ideas
Great small gardens aren’t all alike, but they often share similar traits. We’re going to go through some of the qualities that can elevate your yard from good to great. Your garden should be moulded to the area you have and be made to suit your style and the design of your home. Take a look at all of the small garden ideas we’ve collected and take inspiration from them to create your ideal outdoor haven.
Blur the Boundaries of Your Yard
When you have a clear boundary like a fence or a wall, it can make your yard feel small and claustrophobic. There are many methods you can utilise to conceal the borders of your yard and turn it into an open enticing space.
The garden wall method uses plants to obscure and cover the boundaries of your yard and give it an organic edge. Choose plants that’ll grow tall and wide, so they’ll cover most of the fence.
Raised garden beds are a great way to frame the edges of your yard. You’ll have greater control over what the plants are and what soil is used. You can even build garden furniture attached to these raised beds and make them into a seating area as well!
Blend Together Indoor & Outdoor Spaces
A fantastic method to make your home and garden appear bigger is to limit the visual barriers between the indoors and outdoors.
Large windows and glass doors reduce the visual obstacles between the house and garden, whilst filling your home with natural light. This will create the illusion of space in your home and allow you to regularly enjoy the view of your garden. Additionally, installing skylights on your patio roof will open it up to the sunlight or give you an incredible view of the rain.
Make your patio feel like an extension of your home by designing it with similar colours and styles as the adjoining rooms. As well as partially walling off your patio with plants, bamboo and furniture to create a limited pathway in and out. This will make it appear like the room is simply extending naturally. Rather than the patio being a separate area outside. Complete the look by making the area comfortable enough to be a part of your living room.
Guide The Eye with A Pathway
A pathway gives the impression that this space is larger than it is. With a little planning, you can turn your small garden into a botanical tour. Start with a wide path and let it narrow as it goes on. This increases the perceived size of your yard.
Add Verticality & Use Different Levels
Using different levels in your garden will add visual appeal and make the area appear larger. A sunken area in your garden is a fantastic way to create the centrepiece of your yard. Finish it off with a fire pit, BBQ, and some seats to create the perfect entertaining space.
Garden beds can serve as walkways, stairs, decorations and dividing walls. Start with a raised garden and build down from there. Make sure you choose plants that complement the various levels of your yard.
Make the most of your small outdoor space by thinking vertically. Create a living wall in your backyard and don’t limit yourself to a grounded garden. Incorporate climbing plants, bamboo, and mounted pot plants to build a vertical garden and create a space that suits your home.
Create Zones to Make Your Garden Look Bigger
A simple way to make your garden feel bigger is by creating different zones. Once you’ve decided what you want in your garden, plan the layout and don’t be afraid to include different styles or contrasting colours.
Making partitions with furniture, tall plants, bamboo, and decorative dividers, will create the illusion of space. Instead of using the whole yard as one area, separate your garden into multiple distinct spaces. To really make these different sections stand out, they should be visually separate from one another and used for different purposes.
Play With Perspective
Utilise perspective to trick the eye into making your garden feel larger. By effectively planning your layout, you can turn a cramped space into an open area. Narrow entrances and pathways give the illusion of additional space. While curved lines add interest and lengthen the path you physically and visually need to travel.
Incorporate perspective, in combination with different levels and zones, and you can transform your yard into a visual paradise.
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Surround Your Trees with Furniture
Create a centrepiece of your yard by making the most of the trees on your property. Make a hybrid of furniture and art by building bespoke seating around the trunk of a tree. Use natural materials that’ll match the vibe of the tree and the surrounding area to ensure it all flows smoothly.
Add Beauty with Geometry
Squares and rectangles are what you expect when you think of someone’s backyard. Defy expectations by shaping your yard using triangles, hexagons, or a perfect circle. Create a distinct border between the straight lines of your chosen shape and the rest of your garden.
Lighting Up Your Garden
If you’re looking to effectively take advantage of the night, you should design lighting that maximises the beauty and functionality of your garden. When it comes to lighting up your garden, you’ve got several options to choose from.
String Lights – These are a popular overhead choice that can transform a bland space into a magical area.
Path Lights – Install light along your pathway to make it easier to navigate at night.
Rope Lights – You can use rope light to emphasize the edge of your garden, stairs, or deck.
Uplights – Place uplights under trees to create a stunning visual aesthetic that almost makes the tree glow at night.
Backlighting – Put lights behind potted plants and garden furniture. It’ll disperse the light behind the object whilst creating a shadowy outline.
Underwater Lights – Underwater lighting is beautifully dispersed through the water. You can light up something as large as a pool or as small as a birdbath.
Using a Water Feature
Water features can come in a wide range of shapes and styles and you’re sure to find one that’ll suit your garden. A narrow rill is a small flowing pond shaped into a thin rectangle that can easily fit in a small space. When combined with a waterfall it creates a beautiful image.
Add a circular fountain in the middle of your outdoor seating area and make it the centrepiece of your yard. You can create a Zen-like appeal by letting this feature take centre stage.
With some pre-planning, your water feature can be designed to irrigate your entire garden. Alternatively, create rock bed river ways that flow across your yard and plant your garden around these streams. You can then use the waterways as an irrigation system for your plants and vegetable garden.
Adapting Multiple Ideas to Create Your Outdoor Paradise
Consider all the ideas above and use the ones that fit your style and the space you have available. Your garden should be a representation of you. So simply focus on the small garden ideas that you think reflect your style. This will ensure your new house looks and feels like home.
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