Make the most of limited garden space

Make the most of limited garden space

Even if your property is lacking ‘green space’ outdoors, there is still plenty that can be done to spruce it up, and at a low cost.

Planning is vital in getting your garden right for you, so take as much time to consider how the garden will be used. Will it be for decoration and as a small project to keep you busy, or do you want much more than that?

A small patio area, either towards the back of the garden or, if space is lacking, as the focal point of your small porch setting, can be the perfect place to wind down after a busy day at work. With the addition of shelter over your decking or patio, this will create the perfect atmosphere when enjoying meals in the evenings.

Outdoor furniture is another thing to consider. A good quality set of furniture, positioned right, can add style to your back garden area, as well as provide the perfect setting for meals, or if you just want to spend time with friends or family.

 Adding a touch of green is always beneficial as it provides a bit of colour and adds to the environment. If time is of the essence and your pattern of work doesn't allow you to regularly maintain your grass, then artificial grass may be the answer. Easy to install and relatively cheap, artificial grass doesn't need to be maintained like regular grass, and also there are literally hundreds of designs, which look like the real thing. Most are pet friendly, too! 

Simplicity. You don't need to go overboard on garden accessories or plants, for that matter. The last thing you want is a messy garden, especially if it is in a small area as this will be easily noticeable. Keep things simple by controlling the number of plants you have, as well as the colour to create a quirky little garden. Add interest to the setting with individual potted plants to create the colour scheme.

Hanging basket or window box - you decide. Either can be effective in any back porch setting, and are easily maintained. Below a window sill or to the side, it doesn't really matter, a window box or hanging basket can be a nifty addition to your garden, which still allows you to grow your own plants and/or vegetables.