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Landscaping and Garden Designs for Small Gardens

landscaping and garden designs for small gardens

Garden sizes are shrinking!

When people try to maximize space in the house, the first thing to go is the garden. Which explains why small gardens are becoming more and more common.

However just because you have less to work with doesn’t mean you can’t create a personable inviting outdoor space.

With a little bit of creativity and innovative flair, your dreams to design a small space with a big garden feel can be achieved.

In this article we are going to uncover some tips and tricks the experts use to make the small feel bigger.

If you are more of a visual person we’ve got you covered. We’ll also provide examples for you to take inspiration from (or even replicate in your very own cosy garden).

Landscaping and Small Garden Designs – Tips and Tricks

Use Levels

If you can’t scale outwards, the only way is up!

One of the best methods of creating an inviting space is bring the eyes on a journey from the ground up.

Try to imagine your garden with three different levels. Ground level, eye level and above the eye line.

The small garden in the image at the start of this article uses levels perfectly. With the small grass lawn and the stairs leading to the small patio at the back of the garden.

Use these levels to create distinct, but complementary levels.

To achieve a sense of height you can use tall trees or garden lights. Not only is it visually appealing, it will also create an intimate space.

Check out how the garden below managed to create a warm and cosy space with the frame and lighting above.


If you are going to make the most of a small space, you are going to have to use your resources.

One way to be resourceful is with the furniture you use to fill your garden.

Try to find pieces that can have dual use. For example, rather than having a lounge suite or deck chairs, try finding a bench that can also be used for storage.

Are you planning to have raised garden beds in your garden? Try widening the garden bed walls a bit further so people can use them as a bench or table top.

Or better yet use the seating to create a garden border like the garden below.

using benchs as a border

Other ways to maintain clutter free small gardens is by using furniture that can fold away or be repurposed around the house.

Chairs are a perfect example. Many people make the mistake of doubling up furniture with indoor AND outdoor chairs. This can give a cluttered impression and is unnecessary. Simply transfer indoor dining chairs out when you feel like enjoying a cup of tea outside and bring them in when finished.

Make smart plant choices!

Probably one of the most common mistakes people can make is choosing the incorrect plants for the space.

Actually this is most likely the reason why many people proclaim to be a terrible gardener or can never look after plants if their life depended on it.

All you need to do is pay attention to the sun’s movement and a little bit of research on a plants requirements.

Focus on placing plants in areas with the most sunlight.

Also make sure to water and feed (with fertilizer) your plants that are undercover, like awnings.

With limited ground space you will want to think about going upwards. Think about trailing plants that can create a green feel with overhanging foliage.

Alternatively, you could opt for climbing plants to cover a boring back fence.

ivy for small gardens
Climbing ivy creating a green wall

Vertical gardens are also a great way to transform a garden decoration/ornament into a productive and edible garden. Vertical gardens are perfect for growing herbs and fresh leaves for your next summer salad.

Vertical gardens are visually appealing and versatile

Bring the Outdoors In

To give the impression of a ‘larger’ room, try creating a botanical living room.

It may sound daunting and something that should only be attempted by a professional interior designer. However stay with us as the concept is relatively simple.

The idea is to bring elements from the outside into the room next to the garden (which is often the living room). In doing so, you will be creating a cohesive feel between the two rooms, giving a sense of continuity.

Take a look at how the living room in the image below incorporates elements of green and indoor plants into the living room. It is as if the living room is part of the garden.

Perfect example of a botanical living room


Hopefully this article has given you some and ideas and inspiration. By following the tips and tricks we outlined in this article Landscaping and Garden Designs for Small Gardens you will be well on your way to transforming your small garden into a welcoming and versatile space.