Strategic Design Ideas for Small Gardens

With spring almost within reach, now is the perfect time to reassess your outdoor spaces to allow you to be well and truly ready for when the warm weather arrives. However, if you’re working with modest dimensions in your garden or backyard that doesn’t mean you can’t still create a stunning space to relax and enjoy the summer months – far from it!

In this post, we’ll be guiding you through the number of clever ways you can make the best use of small outdoor spaces – creating a small garden design that’s functional and fashionable. From plants and furniture to walkways and walls, you’ll find all the inspiration you need to design an elegant outdoor retreat.


Watering garden plants


Plant upwards

When it comes to small garden design it’s easy to feel hemmed in by the existing layout, whether that’s a compact patio or a long, thin strip of grass. However, if you strive to create a tranquil outdoor sanctuary, it pays to look beyond what’s already there and get creative.

One way to do this is to make use of the vertical spaces in your garden – what you lack in floor space can easily be made up with walls and fenced areas. From hanging baskets and window beds to climbing trellises and living walls, the possibilities for adding stunning foliage and floral flourishes are endless when you plant upwards.

Think fragrant herb troughs under window sills, climbing plants delicately weaving their way up walls and beautiful floral displays hovering in the air that will all add lush greenery to cosy courtyards and small gardens without taking up valuable floor space.

Get savvy with seated areas

Adding seating and relaxation areas is a fundamental part of garden design for small gardens. Naturally, these can be a dominating feature in small areas where space is at a premium, but with the right choice of furniture and positioning it’s easy to find the right balance.

Firstly, remember not to over-clutter the area with too much furniture or large, heavy-set pieces that take up a lot of room. Opting for compact designs where possible or pieces that can be adapted to suit different uses like extending tables and foldaway chairs are great space savers; while furniture in bright, light tones can help to create the illusion of a bigger area.

In terms of positioning, where possible place seating areas against walls to minimise the impact on floor space or at least avoid putting them in central walkways. Outdoor corner sofas are a highly effective solution here – hugging walls yet still delivering a comfy and sociable chill out area.

Create space with zones

Strategic small garden designs are all about giving the illusion of space, which is where zoning techniques can help. Dividing up the garden into different zones will also add interest and can be a great way to enhance the beauty of your design.

This can be achieved in a number of ways using a mixture of natural and man-made materials. For instance, defining your seating area with beautiful, low maintenance outdoor tiles for gardens will give a wonderful contrast to the natural foliage surrounding it. Similarly, the addition of garden tiles for pathways will allow you to dictate the zoning journey and highlight the greenery that leads off them.

Pot it and layer it

We’ve already discussed the benefits of using upward planting in small spaces, but pot plants and raised flowerbeds can also be a clever way to add extra greenery. Firstly, with the addition of raised flower beds, you can draw the eye up from ground level, instantly making the design feel bigger – especially if you create a tiered design that adds different layers of plant life up from the floor.

As for pot plants, these versatile planting solutions are your best friend in a small garden. As they’re not fixed features, they can be moved around to suit your needs and the seasons at any given time, but they can also be placed on raised surfaces to ensure they don’t impact on floor space. As if that wasn’t enough, with a vast choice of sizes, styles and designs, these handy planters are the perfect home for all kinds of plant life, whether you want to grow herbs, potatoes, flowers or shrubs.

Whatever you fancy growing, mix and match different designs and you can create a colourful, eclectic small garden design that can be switched up easily as and when you fancy.


Green pot plants on windowsill


Whatever grand garden designs you have for your small garden, always be sure to let your creativity and imagination come to the fore. Plus, with these handy strategic design tips and our stunning selection of outdoor garden tiles, you can be confident that you’re maximising space to deliver a tranquil outdoor retreat to enjoy for many summers to come.


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