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Sometimes having a small garden can be a blessing in disguise. Less can be more. When designing a small garden, it is important to be realistic - a shed with a large footprint or an oversized hot tub will probably be off the table. Instead, the chosen design should be carefully crafted to feature elements that open up the space available. This article will explore some of the techniques that our Manchester landscape gardeners adopt when designing a small garden.

Create a split level design

Possibly one of the simplest methods to utilise the available space is to create a split level design. This could involve a few steps leading to a pergola covered patio - or if you have little ones to appease, a wet pour play area is a fantastic option to consider. Regardless of which options you choose, opting for a split level design will almost certainly make your garden appear more expansive than before.

Ultimately the possibility of incorporating levels into your garden’s design will be determined mainly by the amount of space which you have. If the usable space is severely restricted, you should avoid adding too many levels - otherwise, it may impede the usability of the area and create unnecessary trip hazards.

Incorporate a bespoke element such as a fire pit

To add an element of sophistication to your garden’s design, our Manchester landscapers recommend the inclusion of a bespoke feature. Where space is limited, the incorporation of a bespoke element should serve a functional purpose. For instance, every garden needs a seating area, in a smaller garden, this could be a custom-built around a fire pit. This design would be cosy rather than cluttered, creating a gorgeous environment in which you can host family and friends.

If you would like to feature a bespoke element such as a fire pit in your garden’s design, our landscape gardeners in Manchester are equipped with the skill and knowledge needed to enhance your outdoor living space. To discuss your ideas and requirements, why not schedule a consultation?

Stepping stones

Including a fully-fledged pathway in your garden’s design can consume a significant amount of the available space. To avoid the design looking cluttered, you should keep the included features as minimalistic as possible. One way to avoid this would be to use stepping stones or plank paving to connect different sections of your garden’s design. We would recommend Italian porcelain plank paving - for more insight regarding the benefits of porcelain paving; you may find this recent article a worthwhile read.

Smart garden lighting

The ability to enhance an outdoor space through lighting is a very powerful tool. Our Manchester landscape gardeners use tactfully installed lighting to make small gardens appear bigger. If you brighten up a small garden in the evening, you accentuate the space. However, for us, this alone isn’t enough; we always prefer to use smart lighting.

The technology available to us is continually advancing, and one of the latest products to transform the market is the Philips Hue range of smart outdoor lighting. The range of lighting solutions presented by Philips is second to none. Hue has a wide range of benefits which are hard to ignore, including - remote access and control over your lighting, complete control with dimming and the option to change the colour of your lights on the fly. So, whether you decide to go with a warm orange or a funky pink, you’ll be impressed by the 16 million colours on offer.

Flower walls

Separate your garden from your neighbours with style. When you have a limited amount of space available, fitting in a floral feature can be a struggle. We have found flower walls to be a suitable solution as they look super sleek without the space required for a planting area. It is also a feature that will attract wildlife such as bees to your garden, so you’ll be doing your little bit to help the environment too.

For people looking to include a seating area in their garden, a flower wall can be incorporated as a partition. It is also a very customisable feature too; you can choose from hundreds of different flowers - ensuring that you can select a colour and species to suit your specific preferences. If you would like to go a little further, we can even source bespoke designs with custom lettering or symbols embedded in the wall.

Forget the size of the space, just make the most of it

The size of your garden can be an obstacle. It is a little more challenging to create a design for a smaller space. But, if you apply the tips discussed in this article, you will be on your way to making the most of the area that you have. Whether you go with a split level design or use smart lighting to enhance the space, just know that there are options available to you.

There is no one size fits all approach to designing a garden; the best bet is to schedule a consultation with one of our Manchester-based landscape gardeners. If you have a small garden, our experienced landscapers will be happy to run through the options available to you and provide their advice.