Have a limited space balcony, patio or rooftop garden? Find out how to make a small garden look bigger in this article with these 12 garden optimization tips.
How to Make a Small Garden Look Bigger
Organize your garden according to the existing space. If your space is confined by the walls, make it up the part of your decor. Paint walls with white or any other bright color. Dress the walls with vines and climbing plants to maximize the space. Growing climbers near the wall also help in reducing the use of a trellis.
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Enjoy this redevelopment to hide unsightly objects like garbage cans or rainwater storage by hiding them behind trellises. Later you can grow beans, flowering vines and other climbers to cover them or simply obscure them by planting bamboos.
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If possible, arrange a large mirror on the back wall over its entire height. It is a good trick to create an illusion of enlarged space. However, extra care should be taken when choosing the position of a mirror as birds might hurt themselves after seeing their reflection.
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If you have a shady garden, adding a mirror will help there too. You can place the mirrors in spots that receive more sun so that they’ll reflect sunlight in other directions.
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Small spaces that are well protected from winds and the exploit of weather by the walls create a micro-climate: Take this as an opportunity to plant exotic plants. You can then enjoy an exotic setting, integrating less hardy varieties of plants.
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Choose slender plants as the plants that may spread will gormandize your horizontal space. Choose more evergreen plants with persistent foliage and grow grasses in containers. Read our guide on best grasses for containers for more info.
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For scent, grow fragrant plants that are climbers rather than shrubs. Choose a star jasmine for its powerful scent, several species of honeysuckle blooms prolifically. For lovers of foliage plants– grow variegated ivy or Virginia creeper, which will blaze your wall with beautiful deep red color.
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Do not neglect the appearance of the ground: A united, clear and wide material for flooring will enlarge the space. A pavement, white gravel, light wooden tiles, a deck. With blades oriented lengthwise and facing the main light source will bring depth to the scene.
To enlarge the space by flooring, use planks instead of strips. Boards that are narrower than 3″ are called strips. Planks are wider than 5″. If you are using tiles, choose large tiles. One more thing you should keep in mind is to keep consistency in the design of adjacent flooring space.
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Colors are the key if you want to make a small garden look bigger. Choose the colors of pots and planters in similarity. Try to match the colors and stick to one style or theme for more harmony.
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Arrange the plants from smallest to tallest. This is a very basic tip but important. On your patio or rooftop garden, grow low growing plants on the verge after large plants and shrubs.
Finally the last tip on “How to Make a Small Garden Look Bigger” is to do not overcrowd your small space with various accessories, unrelated objects, and multiple colors otherwise your garden will look busy and cluttered.