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Small garden design ideas

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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Having a small garden doesn't need to be the bane of your existence, nor the thorn in your side when it comes to your home design. In fact, often small gardens look much better than larger ones, as they require more thought, and often innovative products and solutions to solve the issues related to lack of size. Luckily, on homify, we have experts who are well versed with these issues, and can come to your rescue.

Installing small pockets of greenery is important if you live in the city. It cleans the air, and allows you to feel closer to nature even if you are hours away from it. It is also one of the only spaces you may have to relax, that doesn't involve being cooped up inside. So, let's take a look at some clever ideas to configure and design your small garden.

Small space, big impact

Hammock RAHM 008:  Garden  by Sunday Furniture
Sunday Furniture

Hammock RAHM 008

Sunday Furniture

You may not have an expanse of grass and greenery like in this image, but that doesn't mean you can't have a stunning piece of outdoor furniture like the rattan chair pictured. If you want your petite garden to become your personal oasis for relaxation, you can place one of these delightful hammock chairs in the space. Sunday Furniture have an amazing selection of garden pieces available that will suit any courtyard, large balcony or small garden. The pillows are waterproof, too!

Small garden plants

Hanging Lanterns and Zinc Planters:  Garden  by A Place In The Garden Ltd.
A Place In The Garden Ltd.

Hanging Lanterns and Zinc Planters

A Place In The Garden Ltd.

Potted plants are essential for a neat and pretty small garden, suitable for both both grass and hard surfaces. You cannot go wrong with a series of quintessentially shaped English box hedges. Not only do they add greenery and a touch of nature to a small space, giving us respite from inner city life, but they also add texture. The motifs pictured; Rosette, Greek Goddess and Lions Head, give a classic spin to these grey pots and come from the large range of garden essentials from A Place In The Garden. Hanging above, are the Blenheim & Bath Hanging Lanterns, which are also another great touch to a small garden space.

Storage solutions

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

Built in seating & benches

Paul Newman Landscapes

Built in seating systems are a great way to save space, and add extra components for much needed storage. By having only attached, and no free standing furniture pieces, it is possible to retain as much space as possible. The range in heights is also very interesting to the eye, creating variance and different proportions. This is a great option for those who like to entertain, have BBQs and spend as much time outside as possible during the summer months. Paul Newman Landscapes has an extensive range of built-in seating and benches available for any small courtyard or garden situation—the style you want is only limited by your imagination! 

Include the kids!

NEW Living Wall Planter:   by Woolly Pocket
Woolly Pocket

NEW Living Wall Planter

Woolly Pocket

Woolly Pocket Living Wall Planters are a great solution for those who want to grow their own herbs or plants, but do not have the space or earth. For some parents, it's important that their kids know how plants and flowers grow, instilling the importance of the environment, and encouraging them to take care of the planet from early on. We have no doubt that everyday after school, they'll take pride in watering the pots, and watching the fruits of their labour flourish. Made from durable 100% recycled milk jugs which are BPA free, you can be sure your home grown efforts will be healthy and chemical free!

Green walls

Private Courtyard, London, Living Wall:  Garden  by Biotecture

Private Courtyard, London, Living Wall


Green walls are becoming increasingly popular in the design worlds, as not only do they look stunning, but they also purify the air. This is particularly important to those who live in built up inner city environments, and need respite and downtime from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Located in a private courtyard, Biotecture knows the importance of having access to this kind of relief. Supplying hydroponic and modular living wall systems, you can transform virtually any indoor and outdoor area into an oasis of green. The vision of the company is to ensure the well-being of city dwellers, on both a residential and commercial scale. 

Planter boxes

Planter boxes, whether for seating or growing herbs, are an important element to a small garden. For many, their small home gardens do not include access to grass or earth, so it is impossible to plant cooking essentials such as basil and rosemary. Located in central London, this tiny courtyard garden had a fairly simple brief—to look flourishing all year round. In this instance, the main plants are evergreens, supplemented by annual plants for colour. Hardy plants and creepers are also able to grow in this space via the cleverly designed boxes and stepped timber panels on the wall.

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What are your space saving ideas for a small garden? Let us know in the comments section below.
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