When you have a small yard, you might feel like having a functional or attractive garden in that space is nearly impossible. After all, without the room to spread your landscape design out, how can you get the look that you want? The truth is that even small spaces are great canvases for the landscaping and garden that you have envisioned. They just require some extra considerations sometimes. Here are some of the things to know about planning a garden in a small space.
Planning And Layout
Start your plan by measuring the space where you will work. This gives you a clear idea of how much room you have to work with. Maximize every inch of your small space in the planning process. When you take the time to plot out every element carefully, it makes it easier for you to adapt your use of space to the amount of room you have. That often means incorporating vertical planting elements as well as containers and raised beds for efficient use of the space.
Choosing Your Plants
When you're creating a garden in a small space, you need to be selective about the things that you plant. Avoid choosing anything that spreads rapidly or grows too large. Opt for dwarf varieties of many plants and consider varieties with multiple seasons of different blooms or elements to retain visual interest. Add hanging plants for some overhead elements as well.
Container gardening allows you to make more out of less space because you can elevate and tier your planters, install window boxes, and incorporate similar other features without taking up excess space. Containers can easily be placed along fencelines, railings, and walls where the roots would otherwise be problematic. Container gardening keeps those roots contained, making for versatile placement options.
Incorporating Functional Elements
Along with your containers and elevated planters, functional elements can create a sense of cohesion in a small garden space. A water element, bench, or seating wall can help contribute to the inviting, welcoming appearance that makes your garden a place to relax and enjoy.
Balancing Your Design
Remember that it's easy to overcrowd a small space and make it feel overwhelming. Make sure that you space your plants carefully to keep the open, airy feel of your space while using the plants to enhance it, not overtake it.
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Hello, I am Manny Juanez. When I moved into my home, I instantly started to plan out my landscape features. I knew that I wanted a small waterfall leading to a pond for my fish. I also wanted to create a few raised beds around the sitting area by the pond. What I didn't know, however, was that the project would take a lot of manpower and a bit of professional help. My site will explore the process from grading the land to setting up the electrical components. I will also talk about building the garden beds with pavers and other found materials. The information I provide should help you create a beautiful layout in your back or front yards. Come back to my site whenever you need some inspiration.