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25 ways to make more of decorative small gardens

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Not everybody can have a gargantuan garden that is ready to be transformed into a veritable Garden of Eden, but that doesn't mean that small spaces can't be wonderfully pretty and eye-catching. In fact, we think that if you asked any professional gardener, they'd tell you that even tiny patches of outdoor space can become spectacular, if you give a little consideration to using the proportions more carefully. That and thinking long and hard about the plants and materials that you want to put in place! If you don't believe us that a small patch of garden can be something to truly covet, come with us now as we give you 25 ideas for transforming tiny outdoor plots!

1. Contain everything to one sleek rectangular bed that you can maintain easily.

2. Don't be afraid to combine a few elements, for a more magical effect!

3. Define the area clearly, with stoic edging that is impossible to ignore.

4. Use bark chippings and stones to keep everything neat and weed-free.

5. Think about taking inspiration from self-contained zen installations.

6. Be creative with spaces that would otherwise just go to waste! Any corner can be a lovely small garden!

7. Don't save all your brilliant and creative ideas for the rear garden, as your front space will wow guests too!

8. For a striking aesthetic alongside low maintenance, large pots are definitely the way to go.

9. How about finishing the space with some furniture? After all, you want to enjoy your efforts!

10. Vertical gardens are a great way to get some much-needed greenery, even when you only have a courtyard in place.

11. Water is well known to induce feelings of calm, so have you got space for a little fountain or water feature? We hope so!

12. If you like minimalism, extend that to your small garden, but choose beautiful plants with tall leaves!

13. If you have a very small space to take advantage of, why not make the most of it, with some vivid color?

14. Sophisticated plant varieties, such as bamboo, will make for a wonderfully beautiful scene.

15. What could be simpler to maintain that faux grass, stones and water? What a contemporary display!

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16. The use of grass here to create a pretty yet understated outdoor space is gorgeous! At least it wouldn't need mowing!

17. Raised planters are a great way to keep things manageable in a small garden. Built into a wall, they look even more amazing!

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GF ARQUITECTOS

Areas Verdes

GF ARQUITECTOS

18. What a great way to maintain light flow! We can't imagine why more people don't choose cut-out fencing to finish small garden sections!

19. When garden space is at a premium, why not exaggerate the height you have to play with? We really do love this tall bamboo, but reeds or grass would work well too!

 Garden by GF ARQUITECTOS
GF ARQUITECTOS

Detalle Areas Verdes

GF ARQUITECTOS

20. Varying the colors featured in your small garden will make it look so much more dynamic and far bigger than it actually is.

 Garden by Arquitectos I + A
Arquitectos I + A

Area de Jardin cental

Arquitectos I + A

21. If you like the idea of large pots, but terracotta isn't your thing, how about brightly colored glazed ceramics? What a way to inject extra life!

22. Here's a great idea for gardeners that also love to cook! Why not mount a wall hanging system, where you can grow pretty fresh herbs? What a bonus!

23. Futuristic design is wonderful and the geometric stepping stones here have made such a great impression on a small space. The vertical garden is the ultimate finishing touch.

24. How about some piquant lighting, in order to really make more of a small and specially designed garden? These cacti look phenomenal!

25. Matching your flowers to your containers is a terrifically modern way to ensure cohesive color schemes and vibrant displays. Even in a tiny space!

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Gardenplan Design

Bespoke, galvanised powder coated planters

Gardenplan Design

For even more garden ideas, take a look at this article: 19 cozy garden seating ideas.

Did any of these ideas really strike a chord with you?
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