5 Ideas to Make a Small Garden Look Larger

When you have a small garden, you can do a great deal to make it seem larger. Small gardens can have tons of aesthetic appeal and with a couple of changes, you can have the garden of your dreams. Simply add a few creative elements, such as stylish garden lighting or a fountain and they will have maximum impact in a small space. 

1. Think big

It may seem counter-intuitive to think big when you have a small space but small plants, small pots and other small elements tend to make your garden feel busier – and therefore smaller. It is important to think big, especially when space is tight. 

For instance, one large outdoor water feature may add design aesthetic and luxury as well as amplify your outdoor space by adding structure. Soothing Company has many large outdoor water features to choose from that can create a space for family and friends to gather around and add a touch of class to a small garden. 

2. Use visual tricks

If you think a large expanse of paving will create an illusion of space, it will often rather emphasize its smallness. You can create a sense of mystery by concealing certain parts of your garden. If you can’t see the whole garden at one glance, it can easily double or triple in size in the mind. 

Dividing your garden into a series of rooms and using wooden trellises or planting to hide what’s on the other side creates a sense of anticipation and curiosity about what’s on the other side. Mirrors that reflect plants can make your small garden seem much bigger as they fool people into thinking there’s another part of the garden. 

3. Think tall

Using the vertical plane for planting allows you to make the most of your space in a small garden. Use trellises on fences to grow climbers. Plant tall, narrow trees on boundaries and attach window boxes of trailing plants to house walls. Hanging baskets also add interest at eye level. 

Vertical gardens are increasingly being used to offer more space for growing. You can simply attach pots to a wall or opt for various systems that include planting pockets. The plants you use should be long-living and light with shallow roots as they will have restricted root space. Edibles such as herbs, salad leaves, tomatoes and strawberries all grow well vertically in a sunny spot.

4. Play with color

You may think that with a small garden you should avoid bold colors. In fact, some strong colors can add personality and depth to a small garden. 

Use color to your advantage by adding warm colors like red, orange or yellow to draw the eye and cool colors like blue, green or purple at the outer edges of the garden as they recede and appear to blend in with the landscape. Try not to use red, yellow or orange near the fence, as they can make it seem nearer. 

5. Furnish to scale

The furniture you use in a small garden is all about scale. You don’t want it to be so bulky that it completely dominates the space. Go for simple furniture with sleek lines. Wicker furniture is light and allows air and light to travel around it and through it. Benches are classy and neat as you can simply place them against walls. 

Don’t let the limited space prevent you from enjoying some alfresco meals. There are compact dining solutions available, such as half-sized tables and a small dining set can slot neatly against a wall. 

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