What can I do with a small garden ?
Well, that`s a big question for a small garden answer ! Let`s first break things down a little. First, what do you want your garden space to do ? Are you a keen plantsperson or does your lifestyle mean you would prefer low maintenance ? Or maybe you want the best of both worlds.
Do you need your outside space to be predominantly for recreational use ? What balance do you want between hard landscaping and planting ?
What are the constraints ? These might include the volume of available space but also orientation. Is your plot south facing ? Are parts of the garden in shade all day or just for certain period. The answers to these kinds of questions will help to inform what kind of small garden design you will need.
Do you want an all year round garden ? And what about those using the space ? Will it need to cater for children and/or pets ? and is having a grassed area important to you. It`s important to think about all these things before diving into the designing deep end !
In the coming weeks and months, we`ll be looking at a variety of small garden types and styles and sharing with you our design ideas and tips.
Let`s start with the Low Maintenance Garden. People usually equate this with plenty of hard landscaping and probably little or no grass but low maintenance can still be incredibly satisfying in terms of plants and seasonal colour not to mention kitchen garden essentials such as herbs.
Of course, hard landscaping, paths, setts, gravel, raised beds can all help to reduce the amount of work it takes to keep the garden looking good but it`s not just about utility. For example, clever use of hard landscaping features can help a small space look much larger and create a sense of space by using different levels and a variety of materials. In a small rectilinear garden space, features that move the eye away from a straight up and down viewpoint – a path angled to the side of a plot for example – can create depth and perspective.
Troughs and planters designed into the hard landscaping help to break up what might otherwise become an over geometric look providing opportunities for colour and height.
That`s all we have time for now but keep watching this space as we will be returning to the types of small garden and design ideas in future posts. Better still, why not give us a call or drop an e mail to St Albans Garden Design to see how we can help you create the space of your dreams !