Now that summer is here, many of us will be enjoying our outdoor space. If you feel that your garden is not as big as you’d like, it’s still worth making an effort.  Even the most modest plot can be turned into a beautiful and welcoming space that you will want to spend time in. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

1. Build in different levels

Breaking up a small area adds extra dimensions and adds interest. Building a raised patio or decking area helps to define the different zones of the garden. Alternatively, an enclosed sunken seating area will create a sheltered space to sit, and bring you a new perspective on the garden plants and flowers.

2. Add a water feature

Water brings a sense of tranquillity and life to any garden. Just because your space is small, it doesn’t mean a water feature can’t be a focal point. Think past conventional pond shapes, and consider a creating a thin rill (a shallow channel of flowing water), which can be easily stepped over. Alternatively, simply include a water trough or bird bath in your garden.

3. Make use of vertical planting

Adding varying heights to the garden can make it feel larger than it is. Install vertical garden screens to zone off different areas, which can be attractive features in themselves, or used as ‘living walls’, or as a fixture for hanging baskets or festoon lighting. Add trellises to fencing to grow climbing plants, such as honeysuckle and roses.

4. Use minimal fencing

If you are fortunate enough to be surrounded by fields or other open spaces, despite your small garden, make the most of it by minimising your fencing. A low picket fence or a traditional post and rail fence will let more light in, and not cut you off from views of the outside world.

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