Whitton Drive:   by GK Architects Ltd

15 ways to make your small suburban garden more beautiful

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton

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Small suburban gardens are some of the best out. Want to know why? Well, it's because they need very little ongoing maintenance and, with just one or two clever little touches, they can be just as spectacular and usable as much larger spaces!

Professional gardeners have become adept at making these small little slices of suburban heaven really pop and look amazing, so we found a few to show you today, which we know will inspire you to get more creative. 

Let's take a look…

1. Kitting out a small space in all wood

For a fresh, organic feel.

2. Build a handy garden outbuilding

You don't need countless acres!

3. Raised edge borders make wonderful use of your garden's height

Rear Garden:   by CATO creative
CATO creative

Rear Garden

CATO creative

Instead of focusing on a small footprint.

4. Stepped beds are an effective way to get more from your space

Completed terraces with planting:   by Mike Bradley Garden Design
Mike Bradley Garden Design

Completed terraces with planting

Mike Bradley Garden Design

Especially in long but narrow suburban gardens.

5. Integral seating detracts from the shallow, wide dimensions

Contemporary rear garden with composite decking and artificial grass as view 1 but hedge more established:   by Mike Bradley Garden Design
Mike Bradley Garden Design

Contemporary rear garden with composite decking and artificial grass as view 1 but hedge more established

Mike Bradley Garden Design

And offers plenty of social potential.

6. How's this for a hole in one?

Making the most of a challenging, sloping site to create an elegant yet function:  Terrace by Des Ewing Residential Architects
Des Ewing Residential Architects

Making the most of a challenging, sloping site to create an elegant yet function

Des Ewing Residential Architects

Perfect for when you can't get to the golf course!

7. Dual-coloured decking

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

London Bridge, London

Urban Roof Gardens

Makes a small garden look bigger.

8. Tall but delicate trees

Offer privacy without too much isolation.

9. Only got a patio?

Experiment with patterns! This herringbone is wonderful.

10. Make it about the kids

Climbing Frame for Smaller Garden:  Garden by Selwood Products Ltd
Selwood Products Ltd

Climbing Frame for Smaller Garden

Selwood Products Ltd

In a truly tiny family garden, you can make it all about the kids and still have a stylish spot.

11. Bench seating

 Balconies, verandas & terraces  by homify

Forecourt garden furniture


It's perfect for not swallowing up precious small garden space!

12. Social hub patio

Contemporary townhouse:  Kitchen by Kitchen Architecture
Kitchen Architecture

Contemporary townhouse

Kitchen Architecture

A patio can be far cooler if you make it a real social hub. This one's an outdoors living room!

13. Potted plants

Roof Deck / Decking:  Terrace by Unique Landscapes
Unique Landscapes

Roof Deck / Decking

Unique Landscapes

Help to keep a small garden layout more fluid and changeable, which always makes it feel bigger.

14. A floating deck with cut-out flower beds

 Garden by homify

Small town garden


Ideal for when space is tight but the impact needs to be big.

15. Love country gardens?

Contemporary Cottage Garden:  Garden by Yorkshire Gardens
Yorkshire Gardens

Contemporary Cottage Garden

Yorkshire Gardens

If you love country gardens but live in suburbia with a small patch of outdoor space, don't think you can't combine the two. Wooden planters like these are a must!

If you fancy some more garden inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: 15 Ideas For A Designer Garden Without The Price Tag.

Which ideas do you plan to use in your garden?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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