For some, space may well be the final frontier but for many garden owners space is absolutely apparent or, more aptly, the lack of it. Many people can feel somewhat restricted by their gardens and how much physical space they have to work with. However, no matter the size of your garden there are always ways in which you can make use of the space available and not feel so restricted.
Vertical planting – pouches filled with spring bulbs – © Hanneke Reijbroek/GAP Photos
The only way is up
The most obvious way to make use of less space is to build up. There are many different ways that vertical gardening can enable owners of small gardens to both have a range of plants and flowers that they would not be able to have otherwise and also make full use of the limited available space.
From trellising to A-frames, wall climbers to thin trees there are many ways of adding height to your garden that will not impact on the overall space restrictions in your garden but allow you to enjoy the maximum space available however little it might be.
Wooden deck and stairs made from old scaffolding planks – © Elke Borkowski/GAP Photos
Using decking is a great way of making the most out of a small garden space.
The visual aspect of decking, whether raised up or laid directly against a flat surface can add a new dimension to a small space in terms of both texture and the use of visual space.
Decking can be used to add definition to a small lawn, to freshen up plain concrete steps and to create defined spaces for sitting, sunbathing or barbequing (weather permitting of course). A raised deck can be used to increase the sight lines in a small garden and create a different level of interest rather than viewing a flat area. A flat deck can also add a colour contrast to a garden area giving the impression that a garden is bigger than it actually is.
Timco Wood also has interlocking deck tiles available which are a handy alternative to decking without the need to build a wooden sub frame.
A mosaic mirror with shells, pebbles and tiles is surrounded by Hedera ‘Goldheart’, Polemonium caeruleum, Fatsia japonica and Ficus ‘Brown Turkey’ – © Clive Nichols/GAP Photos
It is possible, even in a small garden to give a sense that the space is bigger than it is by playing with the dimensions of sight lines.
Decking can be used in this way but it is not just with vertical gardening that this can be achieved. Simple ideas such as laying slabs or stones in patterns, creating a diagonal rather than a horizontal or a vertical path leads the eyes to believe the garden is a bigger area than it actually is.
Even old parlour tricks can be used to add the feeling of space in a small garden. You can use reflections to your advantage such as with a hanging mirror or a well-placed reflective pool to create depth and dimension to your small outside space. Reflections can be emphasised with well-placed lighting or solar candles that can enhance the atmosphere of a garden at night.
A quick fix that can be done to add dimension and increase space very quickly is by adding a splash of colour, either by using paint on fences, sheds, or ageing wooden features can bring new life and add contrast and therefore a feeling of space to
You will see a difference to your space whichever of the methods you use. With a relatively minimal amount of work a small space can be transformed with height, depth, texture and colour to truly make the most of a small garden.
Timco Wood is a UK based company which produces environmentally friendly composite wood products that are FSC® certified and fully recyclable. The range includes decking, fencing and cladding to provide durable and sustainable additions to any garden area.
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