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How to Choose Surfaces for a Small Outdoor Space

An inner city garden is a huge asset, but space is often tight so there are a few things you will need to consider when choosing the right outdoors surface.

As well as being functional, outdoor surfaces should add interest, be durable and practical to maintain. Get expert landscape and gardening advice form Charlie Albone!

  • As a rule hard surfaces work well in very small spaces. And the best options are pavers or decking. If you have wooden floors inside, decking can create a nice indoor / outdoor flow.
  • Combinations of materials can be used and work well in small spaces. The material should blend with your surroundings and if you are planning to entertain on it needs to be a solid level surface.  
  • A paved area is perfect for outdoor dining. Bricks and pavers are small, easy to lay and there are options to suit your budget. I’ve splashed on travertine. It has a beautiful natural texture and will add a touch of class. But whatever you use make sure you do your prep work before laying as the finish of the job relies heavily on how well you prepared your base.

  • If your garden is slightly larger like this one, small sections of lawn can help to cool down a back yard and add another element. You can also create interest by introducing different forms. Vertical gardens and screens are surfaces that work well in small spaces and help to create atmosphere.

Restraint is the key word in small garden design. Choose a simple colour scheme and textures that are in keeping with the home.  If you get it right you can make a big impression in a small area. 

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Posted by Katrina528Report
hi Charlie you have great tastes on gardening but I was wondering on the plant you put in the Sydney b'yard episode aired 26th March, I think it was some kind of magnolia
trained for small places can you help with the name for that plant please?