Topic: Landscaping

Date Posted: Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Posted by: Judy Walker (Master Admin)

Top 5 small garden ideas: make the most of your outdoor space

It’d be lovely if we were, but the fact of the matter is that some of us live in cities, and the some of us that do often find ourselves wishing our small gardens were just a little bit bigger.

They’re fine for the fifty weeks of rain we receive each year. But in the two weeks of annual sunshine that Britain as a nation so gloriously celebrates, a small garden can be a bit of a pain.

If you've got a small garden, then, it's essential you make the most of every square inch available. And with that in mind, here are a few affordable and easy to implement small garden ideas to consider this spring - so you can enjoy more time outdoors when the sun finally does come along.

1. Choose your trees wisely - if your garden size is limited to the point where it’s little more than a walkway, then plant trees and creepers that grow slowly. You don’t want to have to hack your way through foliage every time you attempt to get to the back door.

2. Get a gravel path - gravel paths are a great idea if you’re constantly trailing mud through the house, and are an inexpensive way to give your garden some life.

3. Think symmetry - if your garden is long and narrow, symmetry really is a must. It gives the impression of a neat, tidy garden; not a cluttered, messy one.

4. Get great garden furniture - some of us with small gardens seem to think we don’t have space for garden furniture, but that’s simply not the case. Even if it’s just a simple bench tucked away at the end, garden furniture is essential if you’re going to spend the day in the sun.

5. Get a simple bird feeder - hang a bird feeder on a fence or in a corner, the more exotic the better (Spring Garden Centre has a good variety), and your garden will soon be full of colourful birds tweeting away, making it a much nicer place to be.

Employ these small garden ideas wisely and there will be no need to flock to parks or fields come summer - you’ll have all the outdoor space you need just through your back door.

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