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All you need to know to improve your small garden

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Just because it's October it doesn't mean that you can rest on your laurels and ignore your garden for a few months. In fact, gardeners everywhere will tell you that now's the perfect time to get that outdoor space in good shape so it can maintain through winter and be ready for a spruce up in spring. 

If you don't think this applies to you as you have a small garden, think again! But there's no need to panic as we have all the gardening advice you need for making the most of your space. 

From impactful additions to simple styles, we've got everything covered!

1. Work from the view out of the house first to create something you'll like looking at

2. Use bold geometric shapes, either in your patio creation or plants

Small urban garden: modern Garden by Ruth Willmott
Ruth Willmott

Small urban garden

Ruth Willmott

3. Work with the rule of three, which states no more than three bold materials should be used together for a sleek finish

4. Keep any colours you use simple and natural

5. Don't forget that lighting is really important. Table lanterns are often enough!

6. Privacy will be important in a small garden, so get the fencing perfect

mediterranean Garden by Madera Garden
Madera Garden

Pérgola de madera adosada, con toldo de pliegues.

Madera Garden

7. Clever seating becomes vital in a small space. Removable options are great

 Terrace by Lucia Manzano
Lucia Manzano

Casa de praia—Guaecá SP

Lucia Manzano

8. Install a vertical herb garden to use wall space to good effect

rustic Garden by Luiza Soares - Paisagismo
Luiza Soares—Paisagismo

MÃO NA TERRA, Belo Horizonte, 2015

Luiza Soares - Paisagismo

9. Tiered planters take advantage of height when floor space is at a premium

10. Artificial grass can be used for neatness and a quick solution

11. Party lights are fun and make a small garden feel incredibly sociable

12. Mirrors will make it look bigger and are unusual

13. Anything can make a great planter, even old tin cans on a table!

14. A green wall is easy to install and needs little maintenance

15. Keep your heating portable for easy socialising

16. Assess what your key garden use will be and work to that priority. Don't try to have everything!

17. Decorate with potted blooms that can be moved and switched around easily

18. A funky shaped deck area really grabs attention

Newly planted garden :   by Dawn Garden Design
Dawn Garden Design

Newly planted garden

Dawn Garden Design

19. Small doesn't have to be boring, if you find ways to dd eclectic touches. Pallet walls look great and are super cheap

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Set da giardino

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20. Don't overlook the importance of corner spaces when space is tight!

Small Courtyard Garden:   by Dewin Designs
Dewin Designs

Small Courtyard Garden

Dewin Designs

For more garden inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: 16 Simple Ways Wood Can Make Your Garden Better.

Which idea(s) do you most want to try in your garden?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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