Buying property in central city locations is a great investment, but it can also come with sacrifices. In busy areas where space is at a premium, the garden of your new townhouse might have suffered the brunt of the squeeze, leaving you with little space to play with.
Whether you’re looking to redesign your space ready for spring or summer viewings, or just want to optimise your outdoor area for your own enjoyment, here are some top tips for making the most of a small garden.
Think twice about your storage
Garden sheds are great at optimising outdoor space in larger gardens, as they give you somewhere to keep your odds and ends (your lawnmower, barbecue or kids’ toys) out of sight. However, in yards or cosy spaces these outhouses can take up a fair bit of room. Instead look out for chest-height storage units with side-opening doors, or benches that double as waterproof containers. Or if your shed’s here to stay, you could increase your planting space by giving it a ‘green roof’ with low maintenance perennials and grasses, or ‘green walls’ with trellis for climbing vines.
Split your garden into levels
You may not have much room to expand your garden horizontally, but you have ample vertical space to play with. Including some decking designed for smaller spaces can help split your garden into different levels, which will make the space feel bigger. You can then theme these levels: one could be for your barbecue, while another could hold some comfy seating. Dividing these areas with steps, railings and even a trellis archway can give your little outdoor nook the illusion of multiple sections, and can also give parts of your garden some privacy from overlooking neighbouring properties.
Avoid straight lines
A great way to make your garden appear bigger is to swap your straight borders and edges for sweeping curves and diagonals. These shapes help to guide your eyes through the garden, and ‘soften’ the space to make it seem larger and less restricted. Laying a diagonal path from one corner of the garden to the opposite corner also gives the illusion that the area is both wider and longer.