Have you moved to the city and bought a space with a small garden?
If you design your garden correctly you could take advantage by creating
an illusion of space. But dont be fooled less space doesn't
mean less work. Weve got eight tips for you to design the small
garden of your dreams.
Look at your homes character and try to keep your garden along
the same lines so that your house/apartment and garden complement each
other. If there is too much contrast between the interior and exterior
there will be no flow.
Also dont forget about the sun check which areas get the
most sunlight and plan the layout of your garden accordingly.
Be plant wise
Making the most of what little space you have also depends on what
plants you use. Use different colours, textures, sizes, and shapes,
but try limit yourself to two or three colors along with green, as this
way you will get more impact. You also dont need to use small
plants, but make sure you keep things in proportion.
Make sure to put darker coloured plants in front and put light coloured
plants at the back.
Paint it bigger
Light colours will make the space expand so be sure to paint walls in
white, creams and so on. However, you could paint a corner or back wall
a darker colour, like black for example, as this will create a shadow
and give the illusion of an ongoing garden.
Decorate - a little
Adding different decorations and features to your garden detracts from
the small space, but just dont add to many colours, textures and
objects as it will end up looking cluttered. Also avoid bulky furniture.
Mirrors and glass will also allow you to fake extra space just
don't go overboard.
Level it out
One way to create an illusion of space is by dividing the garden into
levels, like for example raising a platform where one can sit, adding
gazebo area, or building a bridge.
Its all about the curves
In order to create a sense of flow where the garden unfolds and thus
extends, add curves rather than just using straight lines. For example,
you could add a curved flower bed or curved pathway.
Just add water
Add water to your little garden especially running water. If
you dont have much space you could add a pool which would run
along the bottom edge of a wall creating more depth. Water features
also block out noise and create a calming affect which you will need
in the city.
A garden is three-dimensional, so make use of walls, and include forms
and plants that offer vertical interest. Climbing plants and vines for
example will draw the eye upward. Remember to plant larger plants at
the back of the beds and smaller plants in front.