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Small Garden Design Tips And Advice

It is easy to be defeated by a small garden, believing that there’s not much that can be done with it; a patch of lawn, and a couple of borders or beds seem like the perfect solution. But there are things that can be done to enhance a small area, and make it seem bigger.
If your garden is a simple square, you can still ‘zone’ it to make it multi-purpose.  A small area just outside the back door can be laid to patio slabs or decking to provide a seating area – the trick here is to use small pieces of garden furniture. A round table will take up less space than a square or oblong one. It may come with four chairs as standard, but a round table easily lends itself to taking extra seating.
Most households now have ‘wheelie’ bins. While they are a great idea, they do not make a stunning feature in any garden, but they can be hidden, even in a very small garden.  A simple three-sided trellis structure built to house them means that climbing plants can be grown on the trellis.  Leave one side open for ease of access to the bin, but keep the open side facing away from the main garden.
An uninspiring square or rectangular lawn can be transformed by the addition of a gently winding path. Use stepping stones to make the path so that it does not present a big gash in the lawn.  There are many ornamental stepping stones available these days.  Curving beds and borders will enhance the sweeping effect of the path and give the garden a real shape.
A plain lawn can be given a focal point with the addition of a tree in the centre; given its own circular bed which can be edged with stones will turn it into an eye-catching feature.  Another great idea for a central feature is a bird bath.  Add a couple of nesting boxes and some bird feeders, and you will soon find that your garden has become a haven for many a feathered friend.
Owners of small gardens may think that a water feature is out of their reach but here, again, there are solutions.  It is possible to install a mini-pond that will take up very little space but can still take a few fish and some aquatic plants, and the bonus with a small pond is that maintenance will be easy.  Equally, there are many small water features available in garden centres. If you like the sound of running water in the garden, look for something that can be fixed to a wall which will save valuable ground space.
A small garden needn’t mean that you have to give up the idea of growing fruit and vegetables.  There are several varieties of apple available now that can be grown against a garden wall; they have been cultivated to keep height to a minimum so will not outgrow the garden.  Strawberries, like tomatoes, can be grown in pots and even in hanging baskets. Most vegetables and herbs can be grown in containers and, here, you can let your imagination run riot with your choice of containers – almost anything can be used, even old tin cans and bin liners. If growing space really is at a premium, try inter-planting vegetables with flowers in the borders.
If you would like to grow your own plants from seed, there are mini-greenhouses for sale in all garden centres. They come in all sizes and are perfect for the small garden. They are easy to assemble and just as easy to dismantle and clean when not in use. They take up very little space and even the smallest one will provide space for a great number of plants. 
Your outside space may not be on the grand scale that you would like, but, with a little clever planning, there’s no reason why you can’t have the garden of your dreams and, with the lower maintenance that a small garden demands, more time in which to sit back and enjoy it. 
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