Short on outdoor space? Here are five tips to help you supersize a small garden…
What a small garden lacks in size can be made up for with details. And, unlike big gardens, small gardens lend themselves to being budget-friendly and quicker to maintain more readily.
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Here are a few tips to help you supersize your small garden:
1. Make boundary walls disappear
To make a small garden look bigger, paint boundary walls in a dark but natural shade – like a dark green, brown or charcoal.
Dark, cool colours recede into the background to help diminish those boundary lines. And along with painted walls, large shrubs and creepers can help erase boundary lines to create a seemingly endless lush garden.
Another idea is to create a view by painting a landscape mural on a wall in the garden. To avoid it looking kitsch, consider hiring a professional landscape mural artist and make sure the scene you choose is one you love – a landscape from a special holiday, honeymoon or a dream location you’d love to visit.
2. Leading lines
According to Stone etc founder Mimi Rupp, creating long lines in small garden tricks the eye into thinking the yard is bigger. You can also use lines to lead the eye to focal points in the garden.
Rupp also suggests losing the lawn, if you don’t need it, and winding garden paths through garden beds.
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3. Work with layers
For traditional garden beds, use a tiered approach and layer plants according to their height to create an illusion of depth.
Plant the biggest and tallest plants at the back (or closest to the boundary wall), medium-height plants in front and the smallest plants in the very front.
You can also apply this idea to container gardens, positioning bigger pots and plants towards the back and smaller ones in the front.
4. Grow up
Another way to add a sense of space to a garden is to work with plants and elements of various heights and make the most of vertical spaces like walls.
Trees, shrubs, pergolas, archways and trellises can all be used to draw the eye upward and make a small garden feel bigger.
Also look into hanging gardens and green walls to add interest and make the most of outdoor wall space. If you have pets or children, starting a hanging garden or green wall is a way to cultivate a garden that dogs and toddlers can’t dig up.
5. Keep it interesting
The key to making the most of a small garden is to combine functional elements – like a seating area – with enough visual interest so that there is something beautiful to see everywhere you look.
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To do this, try to incorporate various textures, like stone, bark and interesting foliage, colours of plants, flowers and garden furniture, and focal points – like an archway framing the view of a bird bath.
With a little planning, you can transform even the smallest patch of land into a personal green haven.
Words Monique Warner – All4Women