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Super ideas for small gardens

Amy Tocknell 

Having a small garden doesn’t have to mean that you can’t flex your creative
 green thumbs to create an amazing space that allows you to relax and reconnect
 with nature. In fact, small gardens can prove to be some of the most well though
t out and considered, with every facet of available space being put to great use to
 create a little slice of utopia that is just yours. 
Take a look at these fantastic examples of small gardens and see if you are
 inspired to dig out your trowel! 

Being able to install gorgeous garden furnitures is ideal but it all 
depends on the terrain, shape and size of your outdoor space. 
Small gardens, in particular, need a delicate touch and a sympathetic 
eye so we love the great use of courtyard space in this example, with
 a defined patio area and separate greenery section. By keeping furniture
 off the grass the space appears bigger while the use of trailing foliage
 helps to blur the lines between lawn and walls. Lovely!

Small gardens can be little havens of peace and tranquillity when
 finished in the right way. This is a great example, from Iara Kílaris,
 with a circular decking area being complemented by round seating 
and accessories. Surrounded by lush greenery and calm, neutral 
coloured walls, the overarching sense of peace is undeniable and
 we just love that vibrant orange that adds a fun pop of colour to 
this lovely courtyard space. All you need now is a good book and 
some great weather!

Green vibes

If you like plants but only have a limited amount of space to play with,
 don’t worry about taking up valuable floor space with large planters,
 consider a living wall installation! Giving you access to all of the benefits
 of luscious greenery with less of the hassle, these walls offer even those
 of you with the smallest of courtyards or terraces the opportunity to really
 connect with nature and brighten up your outdoor space. You see, small
 gardens don’t have to be boring!

Indoor utopia

If you have no garden outside why not give serious consideration to
 installing small gardens inside your home? No, we haven’t gone crazy,
 we just think that these amazing indoor green spaces not only look
 phenomenal but offer access to the benefits of regular interaction 
with nature. This example is particularly lovely, having been installed
 in the usually dead space under a staircase. With a huge window in 
situ, the trees and plants are flourishing and thanks to the low maintenance
 foliage that has been selected, this is all play and no work!

Captivating cultivation

Small gardens are a great way to showcase amazing foliage and box
 shrubs, especially when they are manicured into eminently tactile shapes, 
such as these ones. We love the use of flowing foliage alongside finely 
clipped individual elements as it makes for such a dynamic and different
 small space. The cosiness seen here is something that bigger gardens
 can often lack, feeling vast and open, but we could imagine enjoying
 warm summer days in this secret little nook.

Lovely for little ones

Small gardens can be the perfect location for a safe and fun play
 environment for your children, as long as everything is kept relatively simple.
 This example has got it just right with perfectly manicured soft grass, minimal
 plants and a sturdy swing set all working together to offer outdoor adventures
 in abundance. By keeping this space unfussy and easy to maintain, it looks
 bigger than it is but is enclosed enough to provide protection for your little ones. 

For more garden inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: 
Are you keen to revamp your small garden now? Tell us in the comments, below.

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