Landscaping Ideas for Small Gardens
March 11, 2015
Four Creative Landscaping Ideas for Small Gardens
Small gardens usually present a problem when it comes to landscaping. It is very difficult working with limited space, and even with very little foliage a small space can look cramped and claustrophobic. Usually when working with a small space you can either make the space look bigger, or you can embrace the smallness of it to turn it into an intimate and private little garden space. It is sometimes difficult to come up with great landscaping ideas for small gardens, but here are some great tips for inspiration:
- Be creative: Don’t just stick to the usual lawn-and-flowers options. Use objects such as flower pots, benches, pathways and plants to maximum effect. Small spaces are great for little Zen gardens, meditation seats or small fountains. Install a Jacuzzi or small splash pool hidden behind some mysterious ferns. A private shower in the garden may be a great way to use your garden and to feel closer to nature. You can also use levels and steps to great effect. Texture is also important, combine wood with pebbles, or water with stone to create a wonderful natural sanctuary in a small space.
- Plant edibles: Not only those with large gardens are allowed the bliss of growing their own food! It is easy to plant herbs and smaller vegetables in small gardens, and their flowers and fragrances can be used to great effect. Many plants do not need to make flowers to be interesting, and plants such as artichokes and fennel can add great fragrance and shape while still remaining practical and easy to manage. In order to avoid pests taking cover, companion planting can be done and natural remedies found from your nearest garden centre in order to keep your edibles as organic, tasty and healthy as possible. Bear in mind that seeds and seedlings are to be purchased from organic providers, and avoid genetically modified items as far as possible.
- Use a theme: Landscaping ideas for small gardens often include a central theme. Consider the climate in your garden and consider using a topic, subject or feeling – if your garden is particularly hot and humid, the small space will enable you to enhance this atmosphere ad create a tropical paradise with suitable lighting and spray irrigation. If the space is particularly dry and sunny, a desert garden with attractive but low maintenance succulents may be just the thing.
- Maintenance levels: Small gardens are not always low maintenance gardens! Often people make the mistake of planting high maintenance or fast growing plants in small spaces, and are then surprised by how much work it takes to make the garden look good on a constant basis. It is important to consider how much time you want to spend on the garden and to find the types of plants and foliage that will suit your commitment to gardening. If you do love to tinker in the garden there is really no limit to what you can do, but if you are more a low maintenance kind of person, then a potted garden, pebbles or a desert garden may be more your thing!
Whatever the shape and type of garden you choose, it is always best to speak to a professional who can give you some creative landscaping ideas for small gardens. It is also best to be certain that the types of plants you use are suitable to the climate and sun levels of the garden. If not, you could end up spending a lot of money on plants and foliage that never grows! Speak to us for advice about landscaping your garden today.