A wonderful opportunity to create a sensational garden is small backyard. A restorative green space to sit, relax and entertain is almost a necessity with more and more of us living in urban environments. It doesn’t matter how small the space there are ways and means of creating your own backyard paradise-whether it’s an apartment balcony or a tiny backyard.
When space is at a premium, planning is essential. In order to help you visualize what you want, it’s worth mapping out the available space. Get busy with the tape measure and create a scale plan of your backyard. It can be done on graph paper. Be sure to mark in doors, windows, fences and gates. If you have a sewer line or gas meter, then mark them in too.
One major mistakes people make when designing a small garden is cramming too much into the space which results in the garden feeling crowded and even smaller. Every plant, paver and piece of furniture has to be an important part of your outdoor retreat. Elements that can work double duty should be used such as: a bench with in-built storage, a decorative vine that bears fruit or a shade plant that acts as a privacy screen.
It’s important to design it for maximum use when your outdoor space is limited. Determine how you spend most of your time in the garden. It may be a place to barbecue, a play area for the kids, a quiet retreat to read a book or a social hub to catch up with friends. Whatever the purpose is, design to fulfill the garden’s primary role.