Having an outdoor space is great. It allows you to spend time outside on balmy summer days and gives your children and pets a place to play. However, it can be difficult to know what to do with a small garden if you do not have any inspiration. Below is some helpful advice on how to transform your small garden into a big attraction that the whole family will love.
Fence it off
If your garden is big enough, you could create separate spaces in it for extra visual interest. Bamboo wooden fencing, wooden latte fencing or even a small picket fence is ideal for this as it does still allow the space to flow while delegating separate areas.
You could have a specific play area for your children and pets or used a wooden picket fence to keep your flower garden safe from rambunctious dogs and cats. Creating different areas also adds to the illusion of space and size. You can use garden lights behind the bamboo fence for a quirky and creative night-time lighting solution.
Vertical planters or living wall
If you would love to have flowers in your outdoor space but do not have the floor space for it, you could look into vertical planters or creating a ‘living wall’. This means that you plant flowers or herbs vertically against a wall or against solid wooden fencing to create a place for plants and a unique talking piece.
You will start by selecting the perfect space for your vertical garden and then building a sturdy frame for it. The next step is to attach a plastic sheet to the frame to prevent water from leaking out, then top this with a piece of fabric. Then you will need to choose and attach the plants of your choice. If you want to create a visually stunning effect then choose flowers in varying hues of the same colour to create an ‘ombre’ effect or opt for aromatic herbs to line your garden wall.
Create an outdoor room
If you have a patio as part of your small garden, then you can use it to create an outdoor room which can be used to enjoy the outdoors on warmer days. You can use this outdoor room as an added play area for children or create an oasis for sipping sundowners on weekends.
You should look into outdoor furniture that can withstand both hot and cold weather without being damaged too easily. You can also invest in fold-up patio furniture to store away at the end of the day. If you do not have a patio, you could build one by using easy DIY plans. A patio or outdoor room adds an extra dimension to a small garden, creating the illusion of extra space when done well.
An effective way to create an outdoor wonderland in a small space is to include bird feeders of varying heights in certain corners. You can plant flowers that attract butterflies too, such as Black Eyed Susans, alyssum, calendula and marigolds.
Welcoming wildlife into a small garden makes it a truly beautiful place. If you would like to attract more bird-life, look for feeders that are different heights and install a birdbath in your garden. You could place your bird feeders in the shade to keep feathered friends cool in the summer or hang some from the branches of trees and tall shrubs. Your birdbath should be made from a material that does not collect algae easily, such as marble or stone.
Lay fake grass
If you want the feeling of grass under your feet but do not have the time to maintain it, you could look into laying fake grass in your garden instead. It is easy to maintain and does not require any watering or mowing.
Laying fake grass can be tricky, however, so be sure you ask a professional to do it for you. You will need to ensure the area is flat and free of all debris before you lay the grass, and be sure to clean it by spraying it with a hose once or twice a week. If you have children who are allergic to grass, then laying fake grass in your small garden is the perfect solution to giving them a place to play that still feels ‘natural’. It is also ideal for those with pets that do not have access to a larger yard.
Add lightingIt might not seem like the place to add lighting, but garden lights can be very effective in creating visual interest in small space. Place some strategically in corners or near water sources to create a reflection to give the illusion of space in the area.
Solar lighting does not use electricity and you will find that solar outdoor lights are available in a variety of shapes, sizes and even colours. For an eclectic style, look for brightly coloured lights and for a more modern and understated look, bright white or warm white are the best options. Place these outdoor lights in corners with pretty flowers to highlight them in the evenings but ensure that they receive enough sun to work successfully at night.