If you have a garden that requires small garden planning this article has some advice for you as well as some design ideas. Just because your backyard organic garden is small does not mean you cannot have vegetables, flowers, herbs or whatever you want to grow. It means you have to be more creative with how you design and plant, but you can have a garden you are proud of and enjoy working in and relaxing in.
Evaluate what you have
Assess what you have so that you can better decide what you can do. Here are some questions you should ask;
- How many hours of direct sun does the garden get? This will help you with whether to buy plants that need at least 6 hour of sunlight or whether you have partial shade or full shade and therefore need plants that require less.
- What is the garden exposed to? Will it get a lot of wind, foot traffic, wildlife or pets?
- What type of soil do you have to work with and what is its pH?
- How will you water it?
- Are there trees that will compete for water and nutrients?
- What style of house do you have?
By doing this assessment you can make sure you buy what will work rather than plants you see and like, but that will not thrive in the conditions you have. Also avoid plants that tend to spread and take up room you do not have to be wasted. Think about what your main wishes are – in a small garden you cannot have everything so what exactly is it you want? Use light colors and reflective decoration to increase the feeling of space.
Small garden planning – Design One
As you can see this small garden uses three circles placed diagonally to each other to make the space feel larger. The larger circle is a lawn where children can play and the smaller circles are paved where adults can sit. At the back is a play area tucked away for the children. Plants depend on your preference and how much work you are willing to put into it, though the lawn will need mowing once a week. Keep the plants low and use white paint on fencing or walls to help give the feeling of more space. Also instead of a large shed you have no room for get a low storage box.
Small garden planning – Design Two
This design creates a garden that is about getting away and having somewhere to sit and relax in. Fix trellises to walls and fences to grow climbing plants so that neighbors cannot see in. The S shaped path is wide and can be stone or cobble or if you are working on a budget use gravel, and you can use tall ferns and palms to hide the shed. It is a low maintenance garden, especially if you choose plants that require little care. Just prune the climbing plants now and then. The water feature adds to the relaxing feeling of the garden.
Small garden planning – Design Three
This garden is two levels with steps connecting the two areas and split level pools either side of the steps. The bordering plants are raised flower beds with benches at the back and a table and chair patio area on the lower level. The plus side of raised beds is they are easier on the back to maintain but they are more expensive, so if budget is a factor stick to ground level planting. Some kind of focal point on the top level such as an urn, statue or potted plant will draw the eye and help make the garden seem bigger. If you need storage have benches with lids. You can also easily make this more suitable if you have children by making the lower level decking rather than tiles and then put in a hidden sandpit under part of it.