Brackenbury House:  Garden by Neil Dusheiko Architects

18 space-savvy solutions for your pint-sized garden

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton

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Knowing what to do with a small garden can be difficult, but it's all a case of knowing how to make the most of your outdoor space and addressing everything you want it to do for you. After all, what's the point in having a garden that you can't eat in, if that's your dream? 

We've found some really special small gardens that have found simple ways to make the most of every inch of space at their disposal, so get your landscaping hat on and let's see what you can transplant into your own space!

1. Have a super little outbuilding to stow away untidy garden items

2. Mix seating and planters for a seamless look

3. Choose to either use the width or the length of your garden. It will create a far better aesthetic

4. Keep planters at the very edges, or they will encroach on your space too much

 Conservatory by ATELIER SO GREEN

Bacs IMAGE'IN Hauts en couleurs !


5. Choose furniture that has built-in storage. This will be a lifesaver in summer when you have books and snacks to accommodate!

 Balconies, verandas & terraces  by homify

Jardinières sur mesure en métal Thermolaqué


6. Make everything as multifunctional as possible. These lighting seats are incredible!

Solid LED Cube Stool:  Balconies, verandas & terraces  by Jusi Colour
Jusi Colour

Solid LED Cube Stool

Jusi Colour

7. Scale everything back and use the corners

Small Courtyard Garden:   by Dewin Designs
Dewin Designs

Small Courtyard Garden

Dewin Designs

8. Less is more if you want a bigger space to sit in, so just opt for a couple of pots

Courtyard House  -  East Dulwich:  Terrace by Designcubed

Courtyard House — East Dulwich


9. Double stack planters to give the feeling of height when a big footprint isn't possible

Built in seating & benches:  Garden  by Paul Newman Landscapes
Paul Newman Landscapes

Built in seating & benches

Paul Newman Landscapes

10. Don't try to rationalise or normalise a weirdly shaped spot. Use it exactly as is and take advantage of odd patches of ground as borders

11. Think about adding a mirror to a small garden. You'd do it indoors to increase perceived space, so why not here?

Open-Plan Kitchen/Living Room, Ladbroke Walk, London :  Garden by Cue & Co of London
Cue & Co of London

Open-Plan Kitchen/Living Room, Ladbroke Walk, London

Cue & Co of London

12. Add a little colour to detract from the small proportions

13. Stick to natural materials if you want furniture to blend in and not draw attention to itself. Remember, keep it low!

 Terrace by decoraCCion

Vive la terraza. Foto: Patricia Gallego para Mí Casa. HEARST magazines I España.


14. Embrace curved furniture in order to make the most of a small spot. Rectangles need to properly tessellate, but curves can go anywhere

15. Identify the key functionality you want your garden to perform, then spotlight it. This dining plinth is everything!

Southbank, London:  Terrace by Urban Roof Gardens
Urban Roof Gardens

Southbank, London

Urban Roof Gardens

16. Add a little practicality to the proceedings, if you can. We love the green roof on this bicycle shelter! Everything you need and a pretty aesthetic

Bike and log store with green roof:  Garden by Organic Roofs
Organic Roofs

Bike and log store with green roof

Organic Roofs

17. Low profile seating, kept to the corners, will help to open out a central area enormously

18. Building seating and a barbecue into your garden walls will leave the rest of the space totally free

For more garden inspiration, take a look at his Ideabook: 10 Of The Best Small Garden Designs You'll See.

Have you been approaching your small garden all wrong?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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