Many people underestimate the potential of the small space at the rear of their house.
The examples shared below are all small space gardens on a rectangular plot of land approximately 5 – 10m2 in size and illustrate how through clever landscape design and a little imagination, small space gardens can have no boundaries.
This garden cleverly disguises the lands straight edge by installing curved garden elements within the boundaries.
The curvature of the fence, garden edge and decking is a clever technique which tricks you into thinking the space is bigger than it really is. The free form design appears boundless and unrestricted.
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The next example proves this notion is false. The clean lines between inside and outside living are blurred by the installation of a pool.
Keeping the colours of the pool steppers and aluminium wall panels of the house cohesive, this pool area looks very much a part of the house. The installation of the timber platform overhanging the pool and the mature frangipani tree help to soften the area.
The designer has definitely utilised every square inch of this small space successfully.
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For the urban dwellers who feel confined in their city properties, this example is a breath of fresh air.
Timber flooring and decking adds to the charm of this urban garden escape. Earthy, moss coloured pots filled with texture rich plants are used to curve the path, giving an illusion of space.
Layered planting of larger plant species behind these pots gives the garden a sense of perspective and mimics nature. The garden gives the impression it goes on and on.
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Use curves in the design to make the area feel unrestricted and therefore bigger.
Utilise every square inch of land you have. Be clever in disguising existing fencing or boundaries. Use vertical gardens, decorative timber screens or hedging plants to soften boundaries without making the area appear smaller. Simply painting your fence a dark colour will help give the illusion of more space, by making the fence disappear into the landscape.
Use layered planting techniques to add perspective and depth to the garden. Plant small plants towards the front and medium to larger screening plants towards the back.
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