Maximizing Your Small Garden Space

Maximizing Your Small Garden Space

City living often means that you don’t have a great deal of space to work with when it comes to your garden.  Front and backyards are smaller, so you have to get creative when it comes to maximizing your small garden space.  Simple is best when it comes to small gardens, keeping the variety of plants and colors down to just a couple of choices will help you create a comfortable space.

Use Vertical Space

Not everything needs to be planted in perfectly aligned rows on the bed of the garden.  Take advantage of the other spaces in your garden and hang pots from window ledges or along your fencing.  Plant some climbing plants along your fence to add texture and color to a bland beige fence.  Layer your plants, so you have taller ones as well as shorter ones.  You can also use shrubs or trees to add height.  Focal points like a trellis, fountain, or add a wrought iron stake with a hanging pot full of colorful flowers.  Here are some more ideas on how to use vertical space.

Stop Using Straight Lines

My friend from Grapevine Tree Professionals is in the Tree Service business, Tree Removal and Tree Trimming are his specialties. Working with many Homeowners, he gave me some really great insight. Homeowners often keep everything in a small garden in a straight line; they plant along borders or walkways.  It does make some sense as it allows you to add flowers and color to your garden to leave space for furniture and entertaining.  However, this doesn’t have to be the case; using curved lines makes the area more informal and inviting.  Done right, you can also make your garden look larger than it is.  Here are some tips on how to do that.

Using curves instead of sharp angles allow for your eye to flow and it fools your brain into thinking space is bigger.  Use the right style of furniture that complements the garden; don’t make it too big for a small space.  Place outdoor lights strategically; it can make your garden look stunning at night. You can sit out in the evenings and admire your garden.

Having a beautiful backyard in the city can be a bit of a challenge, but getting creative with how you arrange your plants and shrubs can make a huge difference in how your space looks.  Create focal points, use objects that have a dual function, and choose your plants wisely.  Check with your local garden center the staff are always incredibly knowledgeable and can help you put together the perfect space you will love.