Tips For Creating A Perfect Small Garden
Tiny Gardens Can Make A Big Impact
Is your gardening space tiny? Are you living in an apartment with only a small balcony? Don’t let the size of your backyard or outdoor living space deter you from having a beautiful garden. We will show you some tips for creating a sensational outdoor living space.
As more of us become urbanites and fewer people have huge garden areas, it’s more important than ever to utilize the space in our outdoor living areas effectively. You want a functional yet beautiful area rather than simply a place to store your mop and bucket or pile up old garden furniture.
Decide on what your area is for
Are you looking for an entertainer’s paradise? A spot for the kids to play? A retreat where you can curl up with a good book in the great outdoors? Once you know what you’ll be using the space for, you can decide more easily what will be going into your garden.
Consider your space carefully. Does the area get sun? Is it mostly shady? Do you need privacy from neighbours or would you like to add color or shade? When planning out your garden consider all of these questions to ensure you get the most out of your space.
When it comes time to choose the products you want in your area, go for functional as well as beautiful where you can. A shade plant or a fruit bearing vine can double up as a privacy screen if you choose carefully.
If you already have an outdoor area but it’s looking a little tired and full of mess getting rid of the clutter is a good starting point. By sorting through and selecting only the plants, pots and furniture which add appeal to your outdoor space you will instantly give your garden a lift.
It can be difficult to know what to do with the ground of your outdoor garden. Grass is pleasant, but can you effectively maintain your lawn? Is the upkeep more trouble than it’s worth? Paving can be an ideal solution, but you need to make sure that you keep the paving simple in a small space. Strong patterns or geometrical designs can sometimes make your space look smaller than it really is.
If you cram things in you are only going to make your garden look smaller.
If you are stuck for space, consider wall pots and hanging baskets. These make the perfect addition to an apartment balcony using little space and if planted thoughtfully they can become a focal point transforming a previously dull wall into a vibrant centrepiece. Another option is terraced shelving; this will hold an array of potted plants and takes up minimal space in your garden.
A container garden has other benefits. It’s easy to move when you do and you can shift your plants for better sun exposure when necessary. When you plant out in containers you have more control over pest management too – always a bonus when those pesky bugs get at your garden.
When you are planting out your container garden you should always remember that while terracotta pots look beautifully rustic, they actually lose water very quickly and can dry out your plants.
Less is more in a small garden space
It doesn’t take a lot when you are creating your own small garden. Less is often more; choosing the right accessories is far more important than spending up on too many things in the effort to add that special something to your outdoor living space. A few carefully selected pots, some features like bamboo or a water fountain can make the difference between a sanctuary and unappealing.
Bring the outside in
If you’re an avid gardener and you’re stuck with a tiny space, don’t forget that you can add vibrancy to a space with an indoor garden. Choose your plants carefully and brighten up your indoor living space – you’ll be surprised at your creativity in finding a sunny window spot or patch of floor that can be enhanced with a beautiful potted plant. There are many plants which will grow indoors with sufficient sunlight – you can even grow corn!
Before your imagination runs away with you and you find yourself planting herbs and vegetables on every windowsill, remember that you are after ambience not a jungle. Consider your situation – are you going to have to move your plants? Are you in an apartment? Are you likely to be moving soon? Plants in your home can be beautiful and even act as a feature but don’t let them dominate.
When you’re planning out your small garden, remember to consider your plant choices, garden furniture and potting containers. A little thought and investigation (always check how large your plant is going to eventually grow) before planting will result in an outdoor garden you can be proud of whatever its purpose may be.