All homes, big or small, benefit from some outdoor space. But if you only have a small patch of grass or a walled concrete space just big enough to park your car, don’t despair. With some clever ideas you can turn even the smallest area of outdoor space into a relaxing retreat in which to enjoy the fresh air.
Potted plants are a great place to start if you don’t have a lot of space or your outside area is covered over with paving slabs or gravel. You can choose a style of pot to suit the theme you’re going for – anything from oriental bamboo to modern stainless steel. Garden pots can be moved easily, so it’s no problem to change things around a little for a different look or even to take your whole garden with you if you move to another house.
Garden water features are another handy trick that can liven up a dull space. Water features can easily be overlooked in a large garden unless they are very impressive, so a small garden is ideal for showing off a fountain or raised ponds. The sound of running water is very relaxing and adding a simple fountain, perhaps in a small garden pond over a natural looking arrangement of rocks, can greatly increase your enjoyment of the space.
Lighting is something that many people don’t even consider when planning their garden, but it can really transform your outdoor space into something magical at night. Consider using dim floor level lamps to mark out a pathway or putting fairy lights in a tree for a romantic atmosphere. Again, you have an advantage with a small space in that you don’t need to spend a lot on outside lighting to completely change the look of your garden.
It really only takes a creative imagination and a small amount of money to transform your small garden into a mini paradise, whether you stay simple with well-arranged potted plants or make things a bit more fancy with water features for the garden and special lighting. And the best thing is that with a little planning, your transformation can be complete within a weekend so you can just get out and enjoy!