Landscaping 101 for Small Gardens

Landscaping 101 for Small Gardens

Designing small gardens allows for a lot of creativity, and often you can achieve a big, bold look with a very small space. There is no reason why you can’t landscape an area less than an acre and create something that looks like it belongs in a magazine! Here are some tips on how to make your own little garden feel that little bit larger.

Keep it simple

Don’t get overly complex. The most important aspect of a small garden is the simplicity of the design—when you keep things simple you keep things beautiful.

A common interior design rule is the rule of three—grouping objects in odd numbers tends to look pleasing and more aesthetic. This rule works well in small garden design, too.

When it comes to hard landscaping, three is again the magic number. Choose no more than three materials and ensure that your paths, decks, planters, and fences all complement each other.

Blur the lines

Blurring the line between indoor and outdoor space is the easiest way to make a small garden look larger. Create a sense of continuity between it and your home by repeating the materials used. For example, you can extend your wooden flooring outside or use the same colour scheme. Many varieties of flowers, shrubs and even herbaceous plants can thrive both indoors to outdoors, so you can simply repeat them.

All this creates a feeling of openness as you move from one area to another, and results in an expansive feel in an otherwise limited space.

Go big

Don’t be fooled into thinking that your garden will look larger with lots of small pots. If you want to make sure your garden sticks out, think big. There’s no point in adding lots of little pots here and there when just one or two big ones will do the trick, and ensure your garden attracts all the attention you want.

Incorporate colour

One of the best ways to make a small garden look larger is to choose boldly coloured plants for the foreground. By placing a patch of bright orange pansies or zinnias in your front yard, you’ll draw the eye across the landscape beyond, and give the illusion that it extends farther than it really does.

Embrace the vertical garden

Vertical gardens are the fun and easy way to enjoy a stunning garden full of vibrant flowers even if you have a limited amount of space. What are vertical gardens? Simply put, they are gardens that grow up, instead of out. There’s no need to worry about the precious dimensions of your garden when you can grow flowers and beautiful plants vertically.