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Small outdoor space ideas for country gardens

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Do you believe good things only come in large packages? Think again! We're going to show you some small garden ideas and, by the end of this article, you're almost certainly going to totally agree that small can be mighty when it comes to style, aesthetics and functionality.

You won't need a professional gardener to mimic any of these styles so, if you feel inspired, why not make a garden revamp your project for the weekend?

1. It doesn't matter how small your garden is

As long as you can enjoy some good food in it.

2. A small garden can be simply beautiful

With some basic landscaping and a terrace for al fresco dining.

3. Potted plants and a bistro furniture set are all you need

Mount Pleasant, Norwich:  Terrace by Studio Urban Blu
Studio Urban Blu

Mount Pleasant, Norwich

Studio Urban Blu

To make a tiny courtyard a super small garden.

4. When space is tight

Why not keep things pared back and pale?

5. Small and awkwardly shaped gardens

Can be quite a tricky task to get right but we love this way of segregating areas!

6. Make your furniture the focal point

And the size of your small garden will be easily forgotten.

7. Small doesn't matter if you have everything you need

Furniture, somewhere to cook and neatly mowed grass are a winning combination in any dimensions!

8. You can use a small garden to make a real statement

What about a superb annex and a simple lawn?

9. We do love a garden day bed

Peach Day Bed:  Garden  by Garden Furniture Centre

Even if you haven't got space for anything else!

10. Simple seating around a fire pit

And some pretty trees make this small garden hugely stylish.

11. Add a little mystery to a small garden

10m² Barbecue Cabin in a Derbyshire garden. : scandinavian Garden by Arctic Cabins
Arctic Cabins

10m² Barbecue Cabin in a Derbyshire garden.

Arctic Cabins

With an intriguing shed or outbuilding and nobody will be measuring your square metres then!

12. A small garden can still be maintained over numerous levels

Small Garden with a Very Steep Slope: modern Garden by Yorkshire Gardens
Yorkshire Gardens

Small Garden with a Very Steep Slope

Yorkshire Gardens

Which will make it seem bigger.

13. A traditional terrace garden will never be enormous

Rear extension and remodelling in Central Bristol: modern Living room by Dittrich Hudson Vasetti Architects
Dittrich Hudson Vasetti Architects

Rear extension and remodelling in Central Bristol

Dittrich Hudson Vasetti Architects

But it can be private and pretty with high-quality fencing and well-maintained raised beds.

14. Up the style stakes of a small garden

By painting your fencing, adding some topiary and funky cushions.

15. Love barbecuing but not so bothered about gardening?

wooden louvres and fire magic bbq: modern Garden by wood-fired oven
wood-fired oven

wooden louvres and fire magic bbq

wood-fired oven

Turn a small garden into a one-stop grilling station!

16. Focus and plan

Urban Retreat: modern Garden by Cultivate Design
Cultivate Design

Urban Retreat

Cultivate Design

In a small space, focus on what you definitely need and plan everything around it. If it's an annex, locate it at the bottom of the garden and hide it with plants.

17. Classic can be beautiful

Even in smaller proportions! A tall fence, lovely lawn and some border plants are all you need to create a petite yet stunning space.

For more garden inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: 14 Gorgeous Gardens That'll Turn You Green (Fingered).

Which of these gardens most inspired you?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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