Small gardens do not have to be dull and boring. You’d be surprised just how much you can do in a small space garden.

Small-paved-garden1So let’s now take a look at a small garden case study and walk you through the design steps.

Step 1 – With any small space garden, the 1st thing you need to do is decide if you want to have a lawn or not.

Lawns are fairly inexpensive in the scheme of things, but they are not always practical in a small space garden. Ask yourself is it really worth getting out the lawnmower for such a tiny area?

If you’re someone who would prefer to look out onto something green rather than paving or gravel, then you could consider having an artificial lawn. There are pros and cons to them. They’re certainly not maintenance free, but there’s less work involved in them than with a traditional lawn.

Step 2 – The next thing you need to do is to try and make the space look larger.

This can be achieved with the design shapes you put in the areas of empty space (your lawn, patio or deck areas).

Step 3 – Choose your materials really carefully.

In small gardens, if you use larger paving materials it will make the area seem smaller. If you pick smaller sizes of paving, the reverse is true. Your eyes will see a larger quantity and this tricks the mind into assuming that the area is larger than it really is.

You can see as the planting matures, it spills out over onto the paving more, which softens the hard edges and makes the paving more appealing.


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Rachel Mathews
Rachel Mathews

Professional international garden designer for over 30 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!

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