Small outdoor garden ideas

February 7, 2017
30 Small Garden Ideas

When garden space is limited, follow these tips:

Get creative and make each amenity look its best, even when small.

Balconies. A 3’ balcony is comfortable for walking, but it should be 4’ wide to furnish, says designer Ruben Gutierrez, partner at Errez Design. Select a few tall plants such as tropical palms, hydrangeas and viburnum shrubs for privacy and to screen unattractive views.

Porches. If you start from scratch or remodel, build your porch at least 8’ wide and 10’ long to arrange furnishings, so you can pull back chairs comfortably and circulate freely.

Rooftop gardens. Research how much weight a roof deck can support before you purchase furnishings, plants, soil and pots. Lightweight choices are easier to transport up an elevator or with a crane. Weigh everything down in case of wind gusts; have sufficient water and electrical outlets for irrigation, lighting and outdoor cooking; and plan for drainage.

Outdoor kitchens. Go with appliances you'll use most rather than duplicate your indoor kitchen when space is tight, such as a gas or charcoal grill or newer hybrid model; granite or poured concrete counter that does well in inclement weather; a side burner; and lots of storage. If you want a sink, check with your local ordinance permits, since you must tie hot water into your sewer line.

Fireplaces and fire pits. There are many ways to include favorite options, even with less space. A fire pit can provide the same warmth and glow as a larger, more expensive fireplace, suggests landscape architect Stephen H. Wlodarczyk with Botanical Decorators.

A fireplace will be more of an architectural focal point, but demands more space and typically costs $15, 000 to $20, 000. A fire pit or fire bowl can be portable, connected to a natural gas line or burn wood logs, and cost as little as $200.

Water features. Even small yards can include moving water and trickling sounds. Consider a large urn, pondless waterfall or spa. Recycle water to conserve it. Add fish and colorful LED lights for a resort effect.


Landscaping Tips

Though your home is your castle, there is no necessity to surround it with a moat. Here are 5 tips that will help you to make your landscaping feel more warm, welcoming and cozy.

1. Put some flowers nearby your entrance. Flowers make any area look more welcoming and attractive, so greeting your guests with Petunia, Snapdragon, Lily-of-the-Nile or some other garden flowers is always a great thing to do. What is more, to add some space between your house and the entrance, you can consider adding a little white fence. It will create an illusion that your front yard is bigger than it actually is. What is more, adding fence will create a great space for planting flowers to add some color and coziness.

2. Add rambling vines to make your yard look absolutely lovely. You can not deny that rambling vines always create romantic and even magical atmosphere. So why not to use this tip while decorating your yard?

3. To hide the unattractive driveway, consider adding some color, texture, and height. You can easily do it by adding various sorts of flowers. To start, create an island of green lawn right in the hub of a drive. Then add a couple of low boxwood hedges with flowers toward the back of your island.

4. If you want your yard to blossom and flourish bust still do not have enough time to maintain it, consider planting low-fuss lilies. Such flowers look absolutely gorgeous and come in the variety of rainbow hues, so you can pick the one you love most. What is more, low-fuss lilies do not care about the sort of soil, they love the sun and welcome hot, they do not afraid of drought. In other words, Crinums is an ideal flower for all those who are looking for low-maintenance solutions.

5. The last tip also touches the low-maintenance aspect. To make your life easier, group plantings into beds and islands. This will help you to avoid mowing and trimming around each individual plant, save a lot of time and even money.

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