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Inspiring small garden ideas

If you've got big ideas but a small garden to work with, don't despair - you can still create a colourful and inspiring space using our top tips.

Planning is everything

There's a seating area for dining and relaxing looking onto a garden that has cleverly divided beds with neatly trimmed hedging. A Firethorn Pyracantha growing on wall adds interest.

Make a statement

The stunning 'Lands' End Across the Pond Garden' from RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2011 was designed by Adam Frost and won a gold medal.

The planting mixes hostas, ferns, irisis (not in shot) and foxgloves. But also polished concrete platforms, stones and grey upholstery which contrast beautifully with the lush greenery.

Create different zones

Break up the space with beds and decking and create different areas. This city garden has squeezed in a pergola, decking, and planting including hostas, ferns and acers.

Take a seat

Choose interesting seating that can be as much a focus as the planting. These seats featured in the 'Naturally Fashionable Garden' at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2010, designed by NDG+.

Go big

A small space doesn't mean you can't go big on a theme. This raised deck overlooks a tropical style garden filled with succulents, Tetrapanax rex, Trachycarpus and black bamboo.

Sit back and relax

Think of your small, but perfectly formed garden as another room in your house - a place to sit back and relax. This small patio garden in London (designed by Modular) features a bench that marries up with a walled bed, planted with acer, box heuchera and hostas.

Class act

A wood burning stove and simple rattan garden furniture set are all that is needed to create a smart and sophisticated outdoor dining nook, perfect for evening and weekend entertaining.

Inside out

Create a Summer living space with tropical prints, an eclectic assortment of furniture and plenty of comfy cushions.

Go green

Stick to hardy plants that will look great all year round, for a lush, easy to maintain garden.

Fit for a feast

If your dining room is a tad on the small side, consider your garden an extension, and create a colourful and welcoming area in which to feast with friends.

Porch party

If you’re lucky enough to have an American-style porch, make the most of it - what could be better than sitting out on a Summer’s evening with a cold drink in hand? A couple of comfy chairs and some blankets are all you need to create a cosy setting.

On the level

Adding different levels to a cramped patio via shelves is a smart use of space and a great way of showing off your plants.

Bright spot

An outdoor space provides a fantastic opportunity to experiment with bold colours, and a splash of paint makes this courtyard garden feel more like a room - with the help of some bright, tropical-print cushions and boho accessories.

Be playful

Unleash the kitsch with a few fun garden ornaments - flamingos are the way to go.

Table for two

Perfect for a casual breakfast on a Summer morning, this table and chair set can be squeezed onto even the tiniest of balconies.

Hang up

Adding a canopy is a nice way of zoning your garden, while obviously introducing much needed shade on those scorching Summer days.

Lounge around

No matter how tight the space, you can easily add some Palm Springs style to your garden or terrace with a few cacti and a sleek sun lounger.

Camp out

Create the perfect spot to relax with a hanging tent or teepee - a few cushions and a fur rug make back garden camping considerably more luxurious.

Inside out

Adding a rug to your outdoor space will make it feel more like an extension of your home, while bringing a welcome injection of colour and pattern on a grey day.


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