The Best Space-Saving Ideas for a Small Garden

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Do you struggle with knowing the best way to make the most of your outdoor space?

You may have a small garden and find it difficult developing the area to make it work for you.

This is particularly relevant to those who live in cities or high-rise buildings, where the luxury of a long garden with luscious grass isn’t always the reality.

However, even the quirkiest of outdoor areas can be brought to life. The great part with getting creative is you can utilise what you already have, and work on a budget.

There are plenty of ways to make the most of your outdoor space, no matter what size.  

Check out our handy guide with top tips on space-saving ideas for your small garden:


1. Open Your Garden

Having a patio can be a seamless way to offset your garden, the mix of slabs with grass can create the illusion of a bigger space.

Cordoning off even a small area can really make a huge difference in how you use your garden.

A patio almost feels like an extension, giving you a place to BBQ, dine alfresco, and decorate with easy to maintain plant pots.

Overall, patios are ideal for the lazy gardener with limited space.

For those who want the look of a flourishing garden, but without the hassle of mowing the lawn and attending to flowerbeds, a patio is the perfect choice for you.

Having a patio isn’t just a convenience, it can be a lifestyle change!

2. Outdoor Furniture

For those who have a little more space to work with, wicker furniture can tremendously improve the look and feel of your garden and also encourage you to spend more time outdoors.

The addition of stylish cane chairs and a small table can give your garden purpose.

You don’t need masses of space and overbearing outdoor furniture to be able to enjoy your garden.

Ideal for those summer months, you even buy furniture that lasts outside all year round, so you don’t have to worry about where to keep it in the winter months if you don’t have storage.

3. Hanging Baskets

Space-Saving Ideas for a Small Garden

Hanging baskets can be an absolute saviour when it comes to small spaces!

They can bring your outdoor area to life, even the smallest of balcony’s can be reinvigorated with an array of vivid flowers and trailers.

Some excellent flowers for hanging baskets include: Fuchsia, Petunia, Begonia and Verbena.

Top tip: they’re also perfect for growing your own herbs. You may not have room to grow your own fruit and vegetables, but homegrown herbs are the perfect addition to any dish.

4. Plant Pots

Space-Saving Ideas for a Small Garden

Plant pots are perhaps the most important aspect when it comes to space-saving.

A combination of larger and smaller plant pots can help to form a diverse garden; with plenty of vibrant greenery and bold colours, you can create a tropical haven.

Pick colours to complement each other, bright yellows and zesty oranges can lift your garden to the next level.

Though they require some love and care when it comes to watering and nurturing, they’re still easy to maintain for even the most novice of gardeners.

5. A Feature Wall

A feature wall is a fantastic way to bring life to your garden without taking up any precious ground space.

Though it may look complicated and professional, creating these vertical artistic walls is easy.

All you must do is establish a base that is attached to the wall, this can be a wooden structure with a basic plant pot base.

Then make sure you are buying the right variety of climber plants that can grow and flourish to cover the structure.

There a plenty of climbers that work great in small spaces, such as: Honeysuckle, Sweet Pea, Grape Vine, Roses and Japanese quince.

6. Elevated Garden “Tower”

Instead of building outwards, build up.

You can buy plant pots designed for the specific purpose of bringing a variety of flowers together in a tall structure.

The great part of elevated gardens is that you can have more flowers then you ever imagined you could.

You can even make a simple wooden flowerbed structure that will give your garden desperately needed levels.

Another inventive way you might have seen this done before is from using wheelbarrows as contemporary flowerbeds, or even an old chest of drawers with flowerbeds in each draw!

7. Window Boxes

They are perfect for tiny balconies or those with a windowsill garden.

This is another way to grow herbs right outside your kitchen window.

With plenty of beautiful flowers and fruits that lend themselves well to these kind of growing conditions; from Strawberries or Chillies, to Pelargoniums and Sempervivums - you will not be limited with what you can create with limited room.

You can buy window boxes in most DIY stores or gardening centres.

Alternatively, why not get crafty and see what designs you can come up with.

8. Trick the Eye

Mirrors are an innovative way of giving the impression of a much larger garden.

You may have noticed that many contemporary gardens feature a rustic mirror, not only to add character – but to trick the eye into thinking it is bigger!

A large hanging mirror in a small garden can make all the difference. Consider where to place the mirror to create the ultimate illusion impact.


So, there you have it.

Don’t be disheartened when if you find the perfect house that doesn’t come with the garden space you were hoping for.

You can still make it work for you.

There are an abundance of ways to make the most of even the smallest places, and truly tailor it to make it your own needs.

The most important part is getting creative, you don’t need a big budget to make something truly special. Look around you, can you recycle old “junk” you were planning to throw away and give it a new lease of life?

Take a walk around your local gardening centre and get inspired.