Small gardens can be beautiful and spacious if they are designed to make the most of the space available. Just because you may not have a large, luxurious garden doesn't mean there aren't many options for making it your own little outdoor haven. There are many benefits to having a smaller house and garden, including easier maintenance and the ability to make a big difference with minor changes that can be lost in a larger space.
The best way to get the most out of a small garden is to carefully think through the parts you are adding, from furniture to plants and beyond.
1. Multipurpose furniture
Furniture takes up a lot of space, so it is worth considering options that can serve multiple purposes. Try going for more versatile options instead of a generic large table and chair set. For example, you can opt for a day bed that doubles as a bench, a table that folds up and is used for storage, or a smaller surface on which plant pots can be placed. Bean bags are another great option because they don't have to permanently occupy a specific place and can be used for lying and sitting. They can be placed practically anywhere and give your garden a comfortable, relaxed feel. The advantage of having a smaller space is that you need less furniture to fill it. Therefore, it should be much cheaper than a larger outdoor area.
2. Plant placement
There are several ways that you can use your plant placement to greatly enhance the appearance of your garden. You may not be able to add every plant, herb, flower, and vegetable to your pots, but you have more room for greenery than you might think. First, take a look at the plants that your neighbors may have brought into your garden. Planting more of the same area on your side of the fence creates the illusion that your neighbor's plants are part of your garden too.
On the theme of walls and fences, use them as much as possible! Hanging and climbing plants are popular choices for walls, but you can add almost any plant to create a garden full of life. You should also try using your larger pots as features in your garden. While doing so, make sure they are out of the way if you want to make further changes as moving large pots around can be a difficult task. Certain green plants are great choices for feature pots as they can add life to your garden year round.
Another way to transform your small space into an outdoor oasis is by adding lights. This small change can do wonders for the atmosphere of your garden, especially at night. They also add some depth to the room and make it appear a bit bigger. From strings of lights that can be draped from trees, plants and walls to solar pole lights that illuminate your garden from below, there are numerous options to choose from depending on your personal aesthetic. You can spice things up even more with some remote controlled color changing lights that are easy to switch between color options with a click of the mouse, so you can choose based on your daily preferences and mood.
Remodeling a small garden or outdoor space can be a very daunting task, but the key is to think it all through. Even after you've got everything into consideration, you may still need to practice a few more trial and error until you find the perfect layout. At the end of the day, however, big things come in small packages, and small gardens are no exception.