Even the unpredictable British summer occasionally offers up the chance to take a seat outside and breathe in some fresh air. Let’s face it, even if you have a holiday planned, sometimes we all need time out of the house just to enjoy a good book or maybe just have some light relief and relaxation.
But what if you’re looking out across a poky, cramped garden and wish you could do more with the space you have? With these handy tips, you can learn how to make best use of your outdoor area.
Plan, Prioritise and Grow Up
First things first, you need to have a clear idea of what you want to achieve. Throwing yourself into the project on an ad hoc basis could produce very messy, unorganised results and you’ll be no further on than when you started.
Prioritise which areas need the most work and start on those before adding the finishing touches later to complete the desired look. For starters, an excellent way to maximise the limited room is to cultivate tall, narrow plants that grow into the vertical space rather than the horizontal.
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
The inclusion of a large wall mirror can create the impression of doubling the size of your garden. The placement is important – try to ensure the mirror is not reflecting something less aesthetically pleasing, for example the corner of the house or the collection of waste bins.
Hiding the mirror’s edges with foliage will help it blend in with the rest of the garden, and if you want it to reflect a particular area of your outdoor space, fitting a wooden batten down one side will help you create the angle you need.
Blur the Boundaries and Pick Seating with Storage
To make your garden feel like a larger space, it helps if you can’t see where your plot ends and your neighbour’s begins. Choosing plants that hide your boundaries will do the trick nicely – for example, bed a clematis at the foot of any trellising and you’ll soon see it creep across the woodwork as it grows.
Additionally, creating different levels to your garden will maximise the space – perhaps in the form of a small raised decking area for those summer barbecues. You might also want to think about fitting bench seats with storage built inside, so that all your garden tools can be tidied away without the need to hang them on show or in a shed.
Maximise Your Outdoor Space: Final Thoughts
What tricks have you used to maximise your garden, Sunny friends? Have you tried any of these tips to enhance your access to green space on a daily basis?
This is a collaborative post on Sunny in London.