If you live in the city you’re likely to cherish any outdoor space you have but you might not necessarily know what to do to make the most of it. Whether you want to know how to make your inner city garden a blissful escape from the hubbub of town life or you’re after some small garden ideas to make a relaxing oasis, you’ve come to the right place. With a few simple tricks, you can transform your outdoor space in no time.
Garden Furniture to Fit Your Space
No matter how big your outdoor area, with the right outdoor furniture you can make any space a blissful retreat you’ll always be excited to get into. Opt for seating that you can truly relax in like a garden swing or garden sofa. A relaxing chair or garden recliner can make all the difference between an unused space and a tranquil zone to love and enjoy.
If you’re especially limited on space, you could even pick up some simple deck chairs – anything to just give you a spot to sit down and enjoy your space. Soften up garden benches with outdoor cushions to create a truly calming spot. And if you’re lucky enough to have a garden that’s a bit of a suntrap, think about planting a tree such as a cherry or Japanese maple that will be easy to manage and give you natural cover so you can enjoy it even in the height of summer.
Outdoor Lights to Create a Cosy Setting
Having outdoor lighting not only means you can enjoy your garden for longer when the sun goes down, it also helps to make any small space feel instantly cosy. Whether you’re limited to a balcony or you’ve got a small back yard, garden lights can make a cramped space feel intimate very quickly. Mix and match lanterns with string lights and candles to achieve the best effect. Choose solar lights for a great cost-effective option that’s easy to set up and doesn’t require any trailing cables. It’s surprising how the addition of lighting outside will encourage you to spend more time in your great outdoors, making your home feel bigger too.
Planters Designed with Small Gardens in Mind
Just because you’ve got a small garden doesn’t mean you can’t try your hand at growing your own plants, it just might take a bit more thinking outside the box. Make the most of your vertical growing space by bringing walls and fences to life with climbing plants such as clematis, honeysuckle and jasmine. You can also opt for specially designed fence plant pots and wall planters to instantly add colour and vibrancy. And if you’ve got more patio than beds, why not try your hand at container gardening? Get your hands on some modular raised beds to allow you to grow everything from veg to herbs and flowers – our pop-up planter is a brilliant solution for when you want to move your plants to catch the sunlight throughout the day. Whatever size your outdoor space, there’s always room for a plant or two! Even if you have a garden in complete shade, you’ll be surprised how many options are available to you – read our shaded garden blog for loads of hints and tips.
Bird Feeders and Nesting Boxes to Attract Wild Birds
What better way to create a blissful backyard than by attracting wild birds and sharing your garden with a bit of nature? Getting birds into the garden is easy with some careful consideration for their needs. Choose a bird feeder they’ll love and fill it with the tasty food that will attract your favourite bird species. To find out which bird food will attract which birds, take a look at our handy bird food guide. A nesting box is also a great idea to encourage more wild birds into your garden and to give little ones the best start in life. And don’t forget to always provide fresh water for bathing and drinking.
There are so many benefits to having birds in the garden too. They’re not only a pleasure to look at, they’ll also help you with pest control by eating a variety of insects and some can even help with flower pollination and weed control by eating weed seeds.
Garden Storage that Blends in
One of the most distracting things in a relaxing space is having unnecessary clutter but to maintain even the smallest of gardens you’re naturally going to need some gardening equipment you’ll want to keep outside. Opt for garden storage that naturally fits into your space – sheds don’t have to be massive to store the essentials and they really are a great investment if you’re keen to take gardening seriously. Think about different ways you can tidy things up – for instance, putting ugly wheelie bins in a bin store will soon have your space feeling more your own.
The most important thing is to not write off any outdoor space however tiny it is. With the right small garden design, furniture, lights and planting, you can very quickly turn any outside area into a space to be cherished. For even more tips on making the most of your small garden, check out our blog that’s filled with even more ideas.
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