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17 top drawer little gardens you can copy this weekend

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton
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Would an enormous garden be a lovely addition to our home? Sure. But they do bring with them a lot of gardening maintenance and upkeep, so if you have a smaller space to contend with, there's reason to be grateful.

We don't want you to think that you have a more limited bank of ideas to draw from just because your garden is compact, so we've found some amazing little gardens that you can take huge inspiration from. What's even better? You won't need the help of a professional landscaper to emulate them!

Let's take a look around some super outdoor spaces and see which ones give you pause for thought…

1. Potted plants will make your space feel as crowded or sparse as you like, but still beautiful

2. Keeping borders to the sides will make the centre section feel larger

3. When all is said and done, all you really need are some blooms and somewhere to sit and admire them

West London Home by Sybarite Architects: minimalistic Garden by Whitaker Studio

4. Adding different levels to your garden will always make it feel bigger

Small courtyard garden: modern Garden by Paul Newman Landscapes
Paul Newman Landscapes

Small courtyard garden

Paul Newman Landscapes

5. Colourful textiles and furniture will detract from small proportions

6. We love storage, so why not add some to your garden? You could keep all your gardening equipment in there

7. Don't overlook how valuable your wall space is for hanging planters and even growing some food!

NEW Living Wall Planter:   by Woolly Pocket

8. A super small space can still be a green delight, if you concentrate your efforts on creating tall living walls

Private Courtyard, London, Living Wall:  Garden  by Biotecture
Biotecture

Private Courtyard, London, Living Wall

Biotecture

9. Compact barbecues and fires will not only add warmth, but also luxury to a small garden

 Garden  by De Vuurtafel

10. When you want to make a splash but you have limited space to do it in, perfectly planned and executed themes work best

Front Garden water feature: modern Garden by Cherry Mills Garden Design
Cherry Mills Garden Design

Front Garden water feature

Cherry Mills Garden Design

11. Even a tiny balcony garden can be stunning if you go for a bright colour scheme!

12. Small gardens can have a big impact when you think carefully about the blossoming times of your plant choices

13. A few super vibrant shrubs and perennials will make even a tiny space come alive with character

14. Self-contained planters help to keep your plants under control in a small space and create the right vibe

15. Think about what you need and what you can do without, then plan your small garden revamp from there. It should function as well as look good!

Freshly Prepped: Chelsea Flower Show 2009:  Commercial Spaces by Aralia

16. Get creative with hanging accessories and take advantage of the height of your garden when the floor space is limited

17. When in doubt, simply get some tables and chairs out. If you can sit outside, your garden will feel big enough for anything!

For more lovely garden inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: 15 Things You Need To Create The Best British Summer Garden.

Are you now bursting with ideas for your small garden?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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