Small Garden Designs – The Basics

A good garden design is not about succumbing to the latest trend and throwing something together – It is about making the most of what you have and creating a stunning space you can’t wait to get back to at the end of the day. Not sure if you can achieve that? Knowing the basics and incorporating them in your design can certainly help.

Mystery within boundary:
Imagine, if you walked into a garden big or small and could clearly see the periphery or the boundaries and everything in between, would you then walk to the other side to find out more? Probably not…your mind has already processed the impression that you have seen everything there is to see and that there is nothing more to explore.

Create a mystery about the boundary or the periphery of you garden. Tease the viewer into taking a stroll to explore more. To achieve this, you need to break up the space and create a visual division. You can achieve this in several ways like hedges of differing heights, using an arch, a pergola, a trellis or wall like structure.

With a small garden design, the challenge will be to incorporate the existing structures into the space. Work with the walls, balcony of your apartment or the periphery and create a journey towards it.

Anchors and focal points:

How do we decide which way to go? We humans are naturally curious and an anchor or a focal point greatly influences our choice of direction to help satisfy our curiosity. You can place focal points to draw the eye and attention.

There are no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ places to put your focal points key garden features. Just ensure that they form an integral part of the your garden design.

Small garden designs that have focal points to take you on a visually pleasant journey through the garden, and yet, keep it simple and uncluttered, can be a challenge. Try to create a garden that looks like the “complete picture” rather than unrelated plants, textures and elements put together randomly. Most of all, a good design must be practical and right for the people who live there, so feel free to make the garden and extension of your home and your self.

Make sure it reflects your personality and you will enjoy it for ever more.