Here are 15 great ways to make your garden look smaller without having to spend much.
No one wants a small garden, but unfortunately we are not all lucky enough to have acres of land all to ourselves. This is why those of us who have smaller gardens should be clever about how we arrange and furnish them in order to create the illusion that they are bigger. Here are few ideas on how you can achieve the big garden we all dream of when you don’t have the luxury of a large space…
Most people think that the more that is going on in a garden, the better and more adventurous it will look. However, less is definitely more when you are faced with a small garden and it is vital that you prioritize what is needed and what really isn’t. The most important thing to do is to decide what is an amenity to you and what is not. Anything that is not should not be included as too much in a minimal space results in disordered cluttered chaos.
2. Make a Plan.
Now that you hopefully have your priorities straight, make your plan. The most efficient way that you will achieve your vision will be by hiring a landscape architect, a garden designer or use garden design software to help you. However, there are also many different apps and websites available to help you to execute the layout you wish to create. With a plan, you are then able to make the most of your smaller outdoor space and you never know you might even find you have space for a hot tub.
3. Create Distinct Zones.
By simply organising a deck, a low hedge or anything that separates elements will help the eye digest what it sees.
4. Use vertical space.
You can not only do this by using tall plants, but you can also actually grow things on surrounding walls to create emphasis on the height that already exists.
5. Clear a Pathway.
6. Furnish to Scale.
These would be the best styles and types of furniture to use when furnishing your small garden.
7. Layer a Border Garden
The layered approach definitely allows you to plant more, without making your garden look cramped or crowded.
8. Construct Small Hedges
9. Create Curves
Like any spaces, giving it a sense of movement creates the feeling of more space. So, rather than having straight lines, it is a good idea to experiment with curves. This could be with an arched hedge, or undulating edges on the garden. Having curves will certainly draw the eye around the space and create more of a sense of dynamism.
10. Use Texture
Using texture will create visual interest and movement without making the viewer feel overwhelmed. A good example of texture would be light breezy grasses or a border of sedge grass. Both would widen the garden and create a visual interest for those viewing the garden.
11. Make Statements.
12. Use containers in Nooks and Crannies.
13. Merge the Inside and the Out.
14. Forced Perspective.
Finally, a great way to create the impression that your garden is a lot bigger than it actually is would be to use outdoor mirrors. Not only do they look and create a homely indoor feel to your outdoor space but they also enlarge your outdoor area creating the illusion that it is a lot bigger than it really is.
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