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How to make a small garden appear larger

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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Our garden is the place where we relax and can put our green fingers to the test. The more square feet it has, the more the home gardeners out there can let off steam creatively. Today we're going to give you a few tricks that will make every small garden appear larger.

Small but big impact

It sounds confusing, but the best solution to make a small garden appear larger is to create as many different areas of green as possible. With just a few signposts, well-placed plants and decorative elements, we give our visitors the feeling of exploring a huge garden. The highlight of such a tour may, for example—as seen here—be a small quiet island with a bench seat.


A small garden thrives on playing with structures and levels. By using various plant species and sizes, as well as different soil layers will ultimately give a small garden more depth. As seen in above picture, differentiating between the terrace, entrance and garden is also an important element in landscape design.

Small hedges

Instead of focusing on metre high hedges or fences, climbing plants such as ivy or wild vines are ideal to delineate areas and protect your private oasis from prying eyes. Boxing your garden in with big trees and shrubs is not ideal either; if you keep all aspects in proportion and correctly balanced, you should be able to create the perfect small and open space.


Using mirrors is the fastest way to make up for lack of space. Designers have been using this clever optical illusion for decades—it is definitely not a new theory! You have a large range of mirror shapes and sizes to choose from, therefore, you can find one to suit any style you wish to take on in your garden.

Water features

A small fountain, water feature or pond can easily be installed into any small garden. Just because you are low on space, doesn't mean you need to sacrifice the finer things in life.

For more garden ideas see ’Gardening tips and Japanese garden design’.

Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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