For those who live in apartments and small suburban homes, a proper garden can seem like a real luxury. If you only have a small outdoor space, it’s often tempting to ignore or overlook it, as it feels like there are limited options for improvement.

The good news is that with a few simple updates, you can create a beautiful garden, in spaces both big and small. Here’s a look at how.

Consider the purpose

The first question you need to consider is how you want to use your garden. Is it for relaxing at the end of the day, cooking and entertaining, a children’s play space or somewhere to grow herbs and vegetables? Perhaps it’s simply a space that isn’t functional but looks good all year round from inside the property.

Deciding on the purpose will help give you direction for your future changes and alterations.

Create an identity

The best spaces are those that are strong, bold and definite. Don’t be tricked into thinking small gardens need small plants and little furniture. Instead opt for a few statement pieces, to keep the space from feeling bitty and cluttered.

Think about creating a unified style for the space and use garden ornaments of a similar style and material to recreate it. Also think about how the garden’s theme relates to the interior of your home. Will a Japanese inspired garden seem radically out of place with your English home?

Use plants wisely

A well-selected plant not only beautifies your garden, it also helps to mask a multitude of sins. They can help to hide crumbling walls that aren’t economically viable to rebuild and can hide views of neighboring properties.

Stay up to date

Make sure you invest in good quality garden tools so that keeping the space maintained doesn’t feel like a chore. If you have a lawn, check out the range of Flymo lawn mowers or the excellent Cordless grass trimmer products for a hassle free way of keeping grass tidy.


If you’re using the space for entertaining, there are a few tricks you can use to make the area appear bigger. When building outdoors, try to match the bricks for your patio to the walls of your house. Also utilize the floor materials used inside your house in your garden too. This creates one continuous surface from inside to out and makes both spaces seem larger.


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