Making the most of a small garden

When trying to make the most of our gardens, sometimes it can be difficult when we don’t have a lot of space to play with. 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.

Suttons, retailers of hanging baskets, can help to make a small garden look vast in the summer sun, so that you can enjoy your garden even when there’s not much space to move around.

Grow vertically

As opposed to growing along the ground, which takes up space, why don’t you try growing your plants vertically? Vegetables, flowers and plants can all be grown in this way.

Growing food

If you’re planting pole beans, use a bean tepee as a form of support; if you’re using a trellis, squash beans and different varieties of cucumber can all be planted in this way. 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 look like they’re straight from a sci-fi film, upside-down planters help to bring your garden straight into the 21st century. 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.

If you’re really limited in terms of space, you could also hang these planters from trees – or from another raised height such as a fence. 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!

Planting in tiers

Sitting alongside your wall as a feature, tiered planters are quirky and don’t take up a lot of floor space, as they are raised above the ground.

Upright plants, such as thrillers, can help to create a look that is striking and unique, particularly if they are against your wall. 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.

How to create a focal point

Although your garden is limited in terms of space, this doesn’t mean that you can’t have a feature that stands out and adds a sense of variety in your garden. 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:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Gardening that is efficient

Gardeners that don’t have a lot of space in their garden know that space is of the essence; so, it’s important to be efficient in terms of the space that we use.

To make sure you’re making the most of your gardens available space, there are little tricks 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?

In a garden that is small, anything that is taking up available space will always make your garden look even smaller – make sure that you get rid of ornaments that you don’t care for, such as gnomes. 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.

However, don’t think that these are the only things that you can do to make your garden look bigger. 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.