How to Make the Most Out of a Small Garden

Having a small garden can be a blessing if you’re too busy to maintain one. However for many people having a large garden creates a sense of peace and space from the busyness of everyday living (especially during the pandemic).

We have put together some great tips on making the most out of your small garden, including which tools we recommend for the job. 

Take it off the ground

You may find that you have limited space for plant pots and other small hand tools on the ground, so why not shake things up by storing vertically. Using an old step ladder for plant pots is a brilliant way to save space whilst creating a cottage-style aesthetic. You could also use things like old pallets to hang watering cans and hand tools for an even more rustic look that would compliment any style of garden. 

Utilise window boxes

Keeping on the topic of building ‘upwards’, window box plants are a great way to grow ornamental plants or even herbs that add vibrancy and practicality to your outdoor space. Try easy to maintain plants like lobelia and petunias that don’t require a great deal of root space. Opt for boxes that are white or a light colour and not too bulky to maintain a sense of space and brightness.

Make pots your biggest feature

By using pots of various sizes, you can create a layered look that adds depth and variety to your small garden or balcony. Opt for evergreen box plants that will give a luscious green look all year round. Make use of walls that will allow you to feature pots at varying heights and angles to create the illusion of space. 

Keep your lawn well maintained

It’s important to keep your lawn maintained as overgrown grass and other shrubbery will make your small garden look even smaller, not to mention messy. We recommend using a lawn mower like the Mountfield Princess 34 Mains Electric mower which is both lightweight, easy to manoeuvre and perfect for small-sized gardens. Or if storage is an issue, then the discreet Husqvarna Automower 305 is the perfect high-tech option as it can cover gardens up to 600m2 and can handle slopes with an incline of up to 40%. 

Use lighting to your advantage

This tip is perfect for evenings and during the cold, dark winter months (i.e. 6 months of the year). Using outdoor lighting such as LED or halogen ground lights that are placed within borders that will illuminate the beautiful flora to be admired from the comfort of your home. Not only will outdoor lighting help you to appreciate your garden in the winter months, but it will also help to create a sense of spaciousness that will make your garden feel like it’s opening out as opposed to feeling confined. 

Stick to one theme

Perhaps most important of all is you should choose a theme for your garden and stick with it. Whilst a contrast of colours can work wonders for your space, adding too many bold and conflicting colours, bulky single-use garden furniture, and trees and plants that are too big. This can be avoided by spending a good amount of time in the planning stage of designing your small garden and will save a lot of time and effort in the long run.