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As property prices continue to rise in the UK, we know space is at a premium. So people are making due with smaller outdoor areas, whether it being a courtyard, garden or balcony. But instead of just accepting a yawn producing space, designers are taking the challenge and are determined to transform even the smallest of gardens to be useful and charming.
There are a few ways to help you make the most of your small garden. The first being multipurpose features, having a feature in the garden that has an array of uses is really paramount to making the most out of the small area and having the sentiment, less is really more.
Fire pits are a great addition for an outdoor space but can have more than one purpose. Have a look at the photo below. It has a large concrete feature, that runs along the edge of the decking, creating a focal point. It also works as a planter, a seating wall and accommodates the fire pit.
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Reimagining Outdoor Dining
When designing gardens, most design the outdoor dining area directly to the rear of the house. But by having the seating area positioned further from the house, it gives you a destination, allows you to appreciate the garden from another angle and creates an ambience for you and your guests to enjoy.
Are a great way of adding seating to a space without having to include a full structure of a bench. Depending on the garden, if you had a dividing wall, raised garden bed or large planter, you could have a floating bench incorporated, then giving that feature a dual purpose.
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This is a particular great way to create a feature for even the smallest of spaces, like a balcony. You could just combine plants to add life and colour or add seating to grow your own fruit and vegetables.
Also, container combinations are a real space saving idea and can really enhance and amplify a great plant in its own right. It’ll allow plants to flaunt their colour, structure and texture. For example, these Burgundy Pentunias grouped with a Pink Ti plant and White Euphorbia, adds layers of texture and colour. But also demonstrates the depths of rich and boldness of colour the plants have to offer when combined.
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These are just a few methods to help you make the most of your outdoor space, but there are more out there. Just because your garden is small doesn’t mean it has to be stale, uninspiring and of no use. So get thinking and allow yourself to really consider what your garden could achieve. Your small space can be just as stunning and exciting as any other garden. Because it’s easier to imagine the possibilities with a large space but with a smaller area, you gotta think resourcefully. That’s all.