Just because you have a small garden doesn't mean it can't have a big impact. Any outside space that adds to the footprint of a tiny property is valuable. Charlie Albone shows you how.
The key is not to try and do much. If you cram lots of ideas into a limited space it’ll look and feel cluttered.
It’s a good idea to push any furniture to the outer edges. A bench not only provides a great place to relax, it also acts as a boundary fence as well - giving the area definition. And don’t be scared to go for a big effect – I’ve run the full length of the courtyard. A floating seat without any legs gives an illusion of more space around it.
Every garden needs a little maintenance, even tiny ones - so it's important you show it some love.
If you do this you can even create garden beds in unexpected places. Low growing, shade loving plants will be happy under this seat - as long as you give them some water.
There’s a perception that fully paved areas look bigger, but greenery is always good in any garden and will soften the overall look, giving it life and energy.
A wall, such as the green one used here, can be used to hide any ugly parts of the building, whilst also providing texture and interest. And by going up, it means it's not taking up vital floor space.
Finally mirrors are great in a tiny space like this - they reflect light around making the whole area feel more open and airy.
So while less is more for small gardens, it doesn't mean you have to lose the wow factor - a bit of clever thinking can have fantastic results.