7 Creative Garden Ideas For When You’re Short On Space

1. Get Vertical.

A vertical garden comes together thanks to a few simple ingredients but it makes the whole space feel like a minimalist jungle. Once the domain of designer installations vertical gardens are increasingly making their way into residential gardens, and more importantly, small gardens. These gloriously textured plantings make great use of limited space. To create these vertical gardens, plants are rooted into a structure that is attached to a wall.

2. Use pots.

You don’t need a lawn to create a lush garden and flower beds aren’t necessary either. A low maintenance flooring option such as pavers or bricks is great for small gardens. Add lots of pots, filled with everything from the tiniest flowering plants to tall and bushy trees. Finish off with some garden furniture and you’ll have the perfect spot to enjoy a summer’s day.

3. Use your windows.

A window box is a traditional choice for herbs or flowers. Balcony blooms like these will beautify an entire property. Besides, they can be even more stunning than a ground level alternative, as the vertical perspective brings in an interesting, unexpected dimension.

4. Use furniture.

Place objects of interest at the end of your garden and create the illusion that your space is bigger than it is. Choose white garden furniture and position it towards the back of a paved area.

5. Use bright colours.

Place bold, bright colours in front of where you’ll see them. Because they catch your attention first, the rest of the small garden landscape beyond will seem to recede, helping it to feel larger.

6. Use the Power of Perspective.

Long, straight lines trick you into thinking a small yard or small garden landscape is bigger than it is. To take full advantage of this illusion, subtly slant the far end of the lines toward one another and create a focal point.

7. Skip the lawn.

If you really love plants, don’t have need of a lawn, and are limited by a small backyard, consider skipping the grass entirely. Stagger your plants for height and include walking paths so you can tend things in the center of the space. Remember: Our homes and our yards should be the best expressions of the things we love.