"Small light coloured slabs can make a small garden look and feel bigger"
"too much clutter will make a small garden look even smaller"
Getting the patio size right.
One of the biggest mistakes made when planning and designing small gardens is underestimating the size of the patio
You can have to much packed into a small garden
Tall trees and fences provide privacy, but cut out light in a small garden.
watch em! You have to live with it long after the designer has been paid and gone.
Choosing plants is difficult, but cutting down the list of plants to the ones you have always wanted makes it easier. Three or four of each variety works best because too many different plant varieties can be overwhelming and often look amateurish. So start with 2-3 colors and 2-3 different types of plants, position them in the space you plan to plant them and see how it looks. You can always add more. Existing plants, not counting large trees, can be dug out and saved for replanting. It's easier to remove them than to try to design around them.
The colours you have in your garden say a lot about you. (What flowers say about you)
Less is best in a small
garden. Try to stick to three or four of your favourite plant colours, especially in the first year of planting. You can always add more colour next season. In addition to
colour, mix in a variety of textures and variegated, colored or lacy foliage to give the garden depth. If you include spring bulbs in your planting
plan they will extend the season in a small garden.
How many plants can be planted in a small garden?
Obviously, the smaller the space, the less plants you can have in it. A small garden, like a small room in your home, will look cluttered if there is too much diversity of planting and colour.
The number of plants will depend on the size of the flower
borders and the space each plant needs. If you want your garden to look mature and full its first year, plant closely or buy larger plants. Better and cheaper to
be patient and allow your garden to fill in slowly.
Rough Spacing planting guidelines
6- 12" spread - 2 plants per sq. ft.
12 - 24" spread - 1 plant per sq. ft. these are guidelines, experiment and have fun with spacing your plants
Larger than 24" spread - 1 plant per 2 sq. feet
Make the most of the tips on these
pages and begin to utilise the limited space you have in your small garden. You might end up with kitchen herbs growing next to Hollyhocks, but there's one thing for sure you will be
getting the most from your small garden. Growing your own vegetables tips here growing your own
Growing Vegetables in containers is a great way to get the most out of limited space in a small garden.