5 Simple Small Garden Ideas

A small garden space doesn't mean you can't have the garden you want. Here are our favourite ideas for small garden ideas, including small patio garden ideas, to help you maximize your space!

CREATE AN OUTDOOR ROOM


Turn a tiny patio into a gorgeous outdoor room by adding a freestanding pergola. Here, a small wooden pergola was constructed over a gravel patio and enhanced with a teak seating arrangement. The pergola creates a sense of enclosure and makes the patio seem a lot larger than it actually is.

GO GRAVEL


Crushed brick or gravel is a beautiful and low-maintenance paving option for small gardens. It's also easier to use and less expensive than brick or flagstone. Just be sure to spread a layer of landscape fabric underneath the gravel to keep weeds from popping through. On this Hout Bay hillside, the gravel also allows rainfall to percolate through to the soil instead of running off down the hillside.

VERTICAL GARDENS



If floor space is tight, blank walls present ample opportunity for you to get growing. Add wall-mounted planters or install a trendy vertical garden like this one at Living Room, a stunning roof garden and cafĂ© in Joburg’s CBD that doubles as Tiakaya Design’s showroom. A foliage-only vertical garden is best for ‘instant gratification’ gardeners as you don’t have to wait for anything to flower in order for it to look good.  Succulents work well in sunny spots, ferns and indoor plants are great for places where there’s a little less sun, while indigenous plectranthus are good in both sun and shade and have pretty blooms.


ELIMINATE LAWNS



Put every square inch of your backyard to work by removing the grassy areas to create a usable outdoor living spaces. In this small courtyard, the turf was torn up and replaced by a gravel base that supports a gorgeous dining table and flower-filled containers. Plus, the homeowners have a lot more time to enjoy the space because they no longer have to mow.


RELY ON POTS


Enjoy your own corner of paradise by packing your small garden with pots and planters overflowing with flowers and fragrant herbs. In this luxurious backyard, pots of geranium (scented and standard) and marguerite daisy provide the bulk of colour surrounding a welcoming teak bench. A large terra-cotta bowl acts as a reflecting pool and birdbath.

Sources:  https://www.gardenandhome.co.za/gardening/how-tos/easy-small-space-gardening/
http://www.bhg.com/gardening/design/styles/small-garden-ideas/?slideId=2e6f0904-f921-44c4-b3b2-69346645e528

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