If you have limited space in your garden, with some careful planning, you can still create an attractive area to enjoy all year round. There are many styles of garden that look beautiful in smaller spaces, here are some of our favourites for you to consider:
A Classic Garden
This style of garden will give you a simple, elegant look. To create a feeling of space, create a focal point with a specimen plant to draw the eye. A geometric style can be achieved with topiaries and trimmed evergreens in pots. Using matching plants and pots will help to complement this style. If you would like to add a splash of colour, consider planting seasonal flowering plants, such as Agapanthus.
A Cottage Garden
Cottage gardens are very informal, and there is usually a lot of plants to create a “busy” look. They create a relaxed style and have a simple layout. Consider arranging your plants close together so that the soil is hidden.
Planting shrubs for seasonal interest is something else you can consider. Both Hydrangeas and Cornus (Dogwood) are good choices as they provide colour in autumn and winter months.
This garden is ideal if you have time to devote to it.
A Wildlife Garden
Even in a small space, there are plants for small gardens that will encourage wildlife.
Here are a few suggestions of other things you could do to attract wildlife:
- A selection of plants in pots
- Climbers along fences or walls, such as Trachelospermum jasminoides.
- A water bath for the birds and insects will be very welcoming
- A log pile behind a shed will be a haven for frogs, toads and hedgehogs
- Crab Apple trees are perfect as their flowers attract insects in the spring, and berries grow in autumn and winter which is a great food source for birds
- Lavender is an ideal plant for bees