Generally, it is easier (and more fun, to be honest) to design a medium-sized or large garden than a smaller one. With a small garden, it can be difficult to decide what to leave out and what to include. However, there are tips that can take the sting out of the size and make your tiny garden more memorable than many other larger ones. Are you a doubter? Try these tips and see how much fun you will have with your garden:
Create a Focal Point
In a large garden, there might not be a need to create a focal point because you can include many different things. In a smaller garden, you need something that draws attention away from other “lesser” points in the garden. The focal point can be anywhere in the garden including the center or one of the corners. Put something there that immediately commands the attention of anybody who comes into the garden. You can put a sculpture, unique tree, rock art or any other artwork.
Growing things in containers is useful in a small garden because:
- The plants don’t have to compete for nutrients as they would if crowded on the ground.
- You can have plants of different heights by using different containers.
- You can change your garden’s look by moving the containers around.
Minimize Color Variations
A colorful garden may be beautiful, but too many colors in a small place can be overwhelming. Therefore, you are better off choosing a simple color scheme and sticking with it across the entire garden. For example, if you like red, then most of your plants should have red leaves or flowers. Sure, you can one or two more colors in small quantities, but you don’t want to put yellow, red, white, green, pink, and purple all in one small garden.
Just because you have a small garden doesn’t mean that you have no space at all. You probably have a lot of vertical space; things like walls, trees, and rocks all give you spaces for additional plants. Use climbers such as ivy on these vertical spaces, or even hang flower baskets on them.
These tips are good starting points if you want to plan for your own garden. However, if you don’t trust your creativity enough, then you should consult a landscape designer such as someone from Beltran Paving & Landscape. Believe it or not, these professionals have worked with gardens much smaller than yours, and even if they haven’t, they have the skills to come up with something nice.