Small Garden Design Tips – Gardening Today Interview

Small gardens can often be a little challenging to make them look good. Just how do you fit everything you want into a small garden?

How do you make a small space garden look and feel larger? The answer to these questions and more were answered on the Gardening Today web radio show.

It was my great pleasure to be interviewed by writer and broadcaster Kate Copsey the other week. We discussed in detail how to make any small garden look amazing.

Watch the replay below to find out how you can transform your garden quickly and easily, without needing to spend a fortune. Unfortunately the phone connection did get a little weird occasionally, so the sound quality does jump in places, but stay with it, it soon clears again.

Small Garden Design Tips

Here are some of the small garden design that were featured in the interview.


In this modern garden the paving slabs run from left to right, which makes the area look wider. The deck boards run from top to bottom of the garden, which help make it look longer.


How you shape your lawn and patio areas will make a much bigger difference than plants alone can. Small gardens in particular need special attention paid to the shapes you use in the garden. Focus on the these shapes first, then work out which plants to use – the results will be a million times better than just focusing on the plants alone.


This long, narrow, small garden is made to look larger by taking the eyes from one side of the garden to the other, with careful placement of paving and features to draw the eyes through the garden. Circles are great for making small gardens look and feel larger.

The Small Garden Design Formula

If you’d like to learn the Small Garden Design Formula for yourself and be guided step-by-step through the design process, then do check out the Small Garden Design Formula page.

Have you watched our FREE video series on how to make any small space garden look larger yet?

If not, you can do so here:


If you have any questions or comments about small gardens, please leave them in the box below.



About Rachel Mathews

Professional international garden designer for over 20 years. My mission is to de-mystify garden design and make it easy for people to successfully design their own garden - without needing to spend a fortune!


  1. Alison Boocock says:

    Thoroughly enjoyed listening to the radio interview…and must keep in mind all your small garden tips!

  2. Greenhouse Warehouse says:

    Thanks for sharing the show. I’d say that if you want to make a garden look larger you should not clutter the space with a lot of garden ornaments. You need to create as much open space as possible and then accessorise on the garden borders. Thanks for the advice Rachel.

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