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Seven ways to make a small garden look bigger

If your garden is the size of a postage stamp and you just want a feeling of space when you step outside, landscape expert Gena Lorainne and planting designer Carolyn Dunster, offer the following tips.

1. Use mirrors

Use mirrors to give the illusion of space. (iStock/PA)

Placing a mirror or two in your small garden can create an illusion of a bigger space, which could look twice the original size. When positioning a mirror pick the right spot – somewhere where it won’t be a visual hazard, as the reflection of the sun can damage not only your eyes but plants as well. For best results, choose a slightly shady area.

“If you position a mirror on your boundary it will reflect the space back, so you cannot see where your garden ends,” Ms Dunster says.

2. Make use of walls and fences

Use colourful plants to enhance walls and fences. (iStock/PA)

Plant your favourite flowers along walls and fences to add some brightness and to spread their gorgeous scent all around your green space. Hanging flower baskets can also look great, says Ms Lorainne.

3. Make the shed blend in

Climbing roses can hide unsightly sheds. (iStock/PA)

Ms Dunster explains: “I like to cover the sides of my shed, my fencing and trellis with climbing plants to give the impression of being surrounded by greenery and am happy to use ivy which stays green all year round along with jasmines, honeysuckles and climbing roses for seasonal colour and perfume.

“My shed is painted the same colour as my garden furniture – an olive green that blends with my planting and makes everything look coherent and co-ordinated, so it is all part of the same space and blends together seamlessly.”

4. Introduce different sized plants

Ms Lorainne explains: “A diversified small garden, where there are plants of different shapes and sizes, can give off the impression of larger space. Aside from that, this trick also makes the garden look more visually appealing.”

“A range of different sized plants means you can layer your planting and give it depth, although there is no need to place all your tall plants at the back of a border. Varying the heights makes your planting look more dense. Tall thin wispy plants such as Verbena bonariensis look good woven in between shorter flowering plants – you can see through them to the plants behind,” Ms Dunster adds.

5. Add climbing plants

These will give height to your garden without taking up too much ground space.

Read: How to create a stunning succulent display in your garden

6. Make use of a roof

Consider a living roof. (iStock/PA)

If you’re short of growing space, consider creating a ‘living roof’, where flowers and greenery can be planted on top of the shed to give off an illusion of a bigger garden. The roof will also help attract more wildlife and help enhance the relaxing, natural feel of the plot.

“You can use the roof of your shed as extra growing space – either cover with sedum matting or buy a roll of wildflowers to cover it – this will attract lots of pollinating insects into your garden and in turn, they will bring in the birds,” Ms Dunster suggests.

Introducing a green roof works best on ‘pent’ sheds (with only one slope) that have a flatter roof, rather than those with a triangular ‘apex’ style roof, although it is possible on both.

7. Keep it simple

However small your planting space, keep things simple. (iStock/PA)

“Keep planting schemes simple in a small space – it is better to choose five key plants and repeat them, rather than lots of different types of plants that will make it look very bitty,” says Ms Dunster.

Stick to a colour scheme that works harmoniously, choosing plants in colours that complement each other but vary in shape and texture – imagine you are putting together a flower bouquet with a couple of key components, a few filler flowers and some foliage.

Do you have a small garden? Will you be trying any of these tricks to make it feel bigger? Let us know in the comments section below.

Also read: How to deter noisy miners from your garden

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