Landscaping a large area where the possibilities are endless might seem like a dream for some, but in reality is an extremely costly affair. If your garden is not as large as you might like, you do have the advantage in terms of cost. It is a lot cheaper to landscape a small garden where everything from the plants to the patios can be on a smaller scale. Don’t lament your lack of acres, instead, rejoice at your humble patch of paradise and use these great tips to enhance the size of your small garden.
- Long Lines
- Special effects
- Less is more
It makes sense; use plants with smaller foliage in smaller gardens. There’s no use planting tropical monsters with large, shiny leaves in a tiny yard. This will only make your yard seem smaller. Instead opt for trees and shrubs that possess smaller, more delicate leaves such a pittosporum, box hedge, Lilly Pilly and miniature maples.
Creating interest in a small garden will help overcome the small size of it. Utilise every corner and crevice by creating a story or scene that you can enjoy. For example, place a little stone stool at the foot of a tree and surround it with it pretty annuals. You could use an old watering can or copper kettle as a pot for a plant and place it on an old tree stump. Putting an old bench seat under a lovely canopy of tree foliage always adds a touch of romance to any garden. Have bursts of colour and variety in certain locations throughout the garden, rather than all over the garden. It will draw the eye to the points of interest, rather than the lack of space.
Encourage the longest lines in your garden by planting hedges or homogenous plants in a row, along that line. Draw the eye along the lines to the points of interest at the end. Using a lovely patch of lawn is another good way to make the most of a diagonal or long stretch of space. You can also create long vertical lines in your garden. Plant tall and slender trees and bushes. To draw the eye upwards. Choose long stemmed flowers like snapdragons, flox, foxglove and agapanthus.
There are many tricks you can use to create the illusion of larger garden. To create depth, plant larger plants in front of smaller ones. Use brighter, stronger colours over shorter distances and use pastels and lighter shades of foliage in the far corners of the garden to give the illusion of distance. If you want to install a patio or pergola, keep it to scale with your yard. This will ensure that it doesn’t dominate or swamp the space, or worse, make your garden seem even smaller.
Just because your garden is small, doesn’t mean you have to over fill it. Overcompensating by crowding the landscape will only result in your garden seeming small and overly busy. Let the plants grow into the available spaces and leave room for some open stretches and long lines.
Perhaps your small garden has an ugly wall or a view to the neighbour’s window. You can disguise these problem areas with a lattice or pergola. Training a plant like a bougainvillea, wisteria or jasmine up and around this structure will provide you with coverage, privacy and beauty.