When it comes to tiny outdoor spaces, it’s often viewed as an impossible task transforming them into can’t-leave areas of the home, but we might have found a collection of garden ideas that’ll offer even those with the smallest of spaces a lush outdoor escape.
You may not be blessed with an enormous outdoor space, but that doesn’t mean you are limited with what you can create.
With just a simple bit of gardening design know-how, even the smallest gardens, balcony’s or patios can become delightful destinations.
Green fingered solutions such as colour variation, light manipulation, outdoor furniture additions or planting solutions are all helpful techniques that can transform any garden into a place fit for celebrating, relaxing and entertaining in.
Whether you have a small outdoor urban area, a balcony suitable for only plant pots, vertical gardens and greenhouses, or limited patio space, we have a complete collection of ideas that’ll help you finally own that perfect slice of outdoor heaven.
It doesn’t matter the size of the space, a small greenhouse is a must.
They can help you grow your own fruit and veg, and also offer a perfect storage solution.
Add some Mirrors
You wouldn’t think adding mirrors to your garden was a good idea, especially in the UK with such variable weather patterns, but they are the perfect way of creating more space without much effort.
Mirrors can trick the eye into thinking the space is bigger than it actually is.
Can’t go Wrong with pots
Pots are every small garden idea’s best friend, especially if you are limited to just a small patio, lawn or balcony.
You can plant anything in them, mix up different heights and materials. There is no limit to the creative ideas when using pots.
Making use of every inch of your outdoor space is vitally important.
Installing hanging baskets on unused walls is an ideal way of creating space and lifting foliage up off the ground, which can create more space.
When you live in an apartment, or don’t have access to a ground floor garden, hanging window boxes is the perfect way to create a garden from nothing.
Why not add a hammock
The ultimate alfresco relaxation tool.
If you are lacking enough room for full a scale garden furniture set, why not add a hammock?
Who doesn’t love reclining in a comfy hammock on a warm summers day. They are the perfect alternative to standard garden furniture, plus they can be hung from almost anywhere.
No furniture, no problem with these wall seats
You might only have room for a single chair or table, so what if you need extra places when people come over to socialise?
By installing walls or garden separators that also double as seating is the perfect alternative to creating more seating areas, and also easier access to help tend to garden plants.
No space on the ground, but need to store pots and other garden items? Why not install some shelves.
Ideally they are mounted on brick, garden shelves are an essential small garden idea.
Living wall, vertical garden
Once a staple in contemporary garden designs, vertical gardens are making their way into everyday outdoor spaces.
These gravity defying planting solutions make great use of small, unused spaces and create a truly amazing feature.
White paint is your friend
The best thing to do when designing your outdoor space is to think of it as if you would an indoor one.
When trying to make smaller indoor spaces feel bigger white paint is the first stop, and small garden spaces are the same.
White paint will not only make the space feel bigger but it will also inject some serious style.
When it comes to garden furniture, even the smallest of spaces can be transformed with one or two exceptional items.
Rather than picking the usual garden furniture colours of wood, white or metal, why not go colourful.
A colourful set can help the space feel more special and the brighter colours can create the ideal outdoor escape.
Simplify your layout
Small gardens are hard to create. They can easily be consigned to becoming an outdoor dumping ground if not thoroughly thought out.
Take time in the design process and the space will provide stunning results.
It doesn’t matter the size of the space, everything can be transformed into a decorative outdoor escape.
Much like minimalism indoor rooms, embracing an uncluttered aesthetic is a surefire way to create an outdoor environment no one will want to leave.
Lighting is always important
Lighting inside the home is very important, and it is also important outside, especially in small spaces.
When the sunlight disappears small outdoor gardens can often feel cramped and lifeless. Making sure there is plenty of lighting is essential to make sure everyone continues to enjoy the space, even when the sun goes down.
A water feature could make all the difference
Small spaces don’t offer much room for large-scale garden installations but small ponds are surprisingly still a fab way of adding something a bit different to a small outdoor space.
Water features can be designed to fit most spaces and are a fab way of creating a focal point in the garden.
Get inventive with your furniture
Small garden spaces naturally have character, so why not add a bit more with one-of-a-kind furniture.
These ideas are instant talking points and the design ideas are limitless.