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Small Garden Design Ideas

Small Garden Design Ideas

Most home owners enjoy the peace and serenity of a garden area where they can relax and get away from the hectic pace of their everyday 9 to 5 lives. A picturesque spot with comfortable seating that takes in nature’s scenery offers even a few blissful moments away from the world out there. For those with small yards, creating a small garden design can be challenging but not impossible. With the
right planning, a tiny but satisfying garden space can even be designed on the balcony off an apartment. There are several options for filling any small garden space, but first you have to decide what you want.

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Before you can make the most of the garden space that you have, create a plan. What is important to you? Do you want to make sure you have a seating area? Do you want to be able to have a cookout? Or is a garden full of plants and flowers, with only limited space for sitting, what you would prefer? You may be able to have a combination of everything you want, depending on the size of your garden space. Just remember to think small.


If you want seating, pick up one of those darling bistro sets. Both the table and chairs are small in size and won’t take up too much room. They will look delightful with a backdrop of greenery or colorful plants. Also consider a small bench or even built-in benches on the side of raised garden beds, if you plan to have a raised vegetable or flower garden.

Small Garden Designs

Small Garden Designs

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Grilling is possible even in a small area. While apartment sized patios (or facility rules) may limit this activity, most homeowners or renters will have some space in their backyards. Consider a small standing grill or hibachi that can be moved out of the area when not in use.

Hanging pots

Pots can be used for flowers and other plants, including vegetables and herbs. Small pots can sit directly on railings, and pots of many sizes can be hung from just about anywhere. Hang from the house or from a shepherd’s crook to free up ground space. Have you seen those hanging upside down tomato plants? You can even hang your veggies to save ground space.


Another way to go up to save space is with a trellis. Simply stick one in the ground and plant a climbing plant or flower at the bottom. Ivy loves to climb on just about anything. Clematis is a beautiful flowering climbing plant that is sure to add an eye-catching splash of color to your garden.

Flower boxes

Flower boxes are another way to add more flowers to your garden area. Hang them off nearby windows or even from fences. The more you can hang, the more space on the ground you will have for other things.

Small Garden Designs

Small Garden Designs

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Bird houses and feeders

Hang bird houses and feeders to add more interest to any small garden design. For the most efficient design, research flowers and plants before you plant, adding those that are more likely to attract the birds in your area.

Small plants

Go small with plants. Research how big your plants are going to get. Don’t plant any trees; just go with the ones that are already there. Most flowers won’t take up too much space, but do check to see if certain bushes will get too big, as some do practically turn into small trees as they continue to grow.

Remember to first make a plan for your small garden design. Figure out what is important for you to enjoy in your garden—and stay small. Even a small garden space can offer a welcome retreat from the world.

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