Making a small garden look bigger again

Sometimes, we don’t have the space in our gardens, or the time, to make sure that it’s looking its best; it does always seem to be the case that we’d all like our gardens to be a bit bigger. Whether your garden is currently unloved, or you’re always trying to make the most of your green-space, we’ve got the solution for you.

So that you can enjoy your garden even when it’s only you that fits in it, together with Suttons, our tips will help to make your garden look bigger and at its best during the summer months.

How to grow vertically

Grow vertically, as opposed to growing along the ground, if you’d like to include more garden plants, vegetables and other flowers where there was previously no space.

Growing food properly

Plant supports can be used to grow pole beans; alternatively, squash, and a variety of different cucumbers (not the bush variety) can be planted onto a trellis. Bamboo can be formed together at the top, so that the beans can grow to at least 5 feet tall. Whether you’re using a trellis, or a tepee, be sure to guide the fruit or vegetable carefully as you don’t want to break their stems.

Planting upside-down

Although they may seem strange at first, upside-down planters appear as though straight from a sci-fi film. By growing your plants upside-down whilst they are hanging, your garden is provided with a futuristic aesthetic that is sure to turn a few heads.

These types of planters can be positioned on your garden fence to help save on valuable ground space. They can also be used for planting tomatoes, so if you don’t want a trellis to take up too much space, this could be the perfect solution for you!

Tiered planting

Sitting alongside your wall as a feature within your garden, tiered planters are an alternative to raised flowerbeds as a quirky, space-saving alternative.

To be used as a feature against your wall, tall upright plants such as thrillers, can help to create a striking look within the planters you use. Or, if you’d like a more traditional look and feel within your garden, why not try spillers, which flow outwards and trail over the sides of your planters – cascading down. If you’d like a mixture of various plants, then why not try fillers, which sit in amongst spillers to make a distinction of colour and texture within your planters when it comes to the blooms and foliage that you choose to use.

Focal points

Just because your garden is small, this doesn’t mean that you can’t create focal points. A focal point can provide the illusion of space by creating defined areas within your garden and immediately direct the eye towards it. Here are some of the best, quick and easy features to implement:

  • Bird baths. A bird bath is a great way of attracting wildlife that you wouldn’t otherwise see in your garden, especially in the summer. Or alternatively, other ornamentation is likely to attract birds that like to perch when resting.
  • A bench. If space is limited, why not try placing a bench in the corner so that you can sit down as part of the garden. Not only will this solve the problem of not being able to move around freely – you’ll always be able to enjoy your garden in comfort.
  • A cluster of plants. This may take the form of a collection of all white flowers, such as the Mexican fleabane, or alternatively, lavender could fill this space full of colour and fragrance.

Making sure you’re an efficient gardener

When you’ve got a small garden, it’s always important to be efficient with the space that you use; finding where to plant new flowers in your garden for added variation can often be a difficult task.

To ensure that your garden has the most available space, there are tricks of the trade that you can use. First, make sure that you’re attending to your priorities. For example, do you have areas of gravel that could be used for new flowers or other ornamentation that could create a focal point in your garden?

Always make a habit of chucking out old and tired ornaments such as garden gnomes, as they can often take up more space than you think. Alternatively, when there’s a small gap between ornaments or flower pots, then why not try planting a flower bed in-between, that will help you to save space, but will also direct your eye to somewhere new within the garden.

There are more ways of making more space in your garden that aren’t listed here, but once you take some time in your garden to figure it out, we’re sure you’ll come up with more great space-saving ideas. As long as you’re sensible, and you use space effectively, then you’re bound to make your garden look bigger than it actually is. By sticking to our guide, you’re on your way to making sure your garden is as visually and physically spacious as it can be.

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