How to Make the Most of Small Town Gardens

Whether you have a small roof terrace or a quiet urban retreat, a small garden can be transformed into a relaxing area of escapism with a bit of forward planning.
Our tips will help you on our way to making the most of your small town garden!

The Urban Roof Garden

For those with roof gardens, a restricted space needn’t mean an unusable space. Urban gardens are truly charming and with finishing touches, can become places to spend a large amount of the year entertaining or relaxing and can add a unique feature to your property. For a sleeker finish to your roof garden, keep furniture to a minimum. Adding decking keeps the look natural, yet sustains a modern feel. We recommend eco-friendlycomposite decking, splinter-free, easy to clean and resistant to fade, stain, rot and split.

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The addition of potted plants with easy-to-maintain shrubs can also create texture to your space and growing herbs that can be used in the kitchen make for a wonderfully practical feature.

For a more Mediterranean touch to your garden, add a small table and surround it by larger shrubs such as palms. Adopt a terracotta palette, choosing old gold concrete pavingas a base, and if you have walls around your garden, encourage climbing plants.

If these looks aren’t for you and you are ultimately looking for a low maintenance area to enjoy, you might want to consider artificial grass. Practical and easy to sweep, it creates a comfortable setting that also looks natural.

The Long, Narrow Garden

In the case of long and narrow gardens, space can often be hard to utilise. Partitioning your garden however can give the illusion of additional space, as the guest can be guided through different sections of the garden.

Try dividing off the first half of your garden with a seating area, surrounding each side with raised beds that add depth. Creating a secluded patio area can almost feel like the space is an extension of your house and with so many styles to choose from, selecting paving to suit your area won’t be hard.

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A little hideaway is easy to achieve! Surrounding a plush yet relaxed seating area with luscious green foliage can create a truly envious garden spot. If you have a piece of garden at the side of your house, constructing a pergola adds shade, promotes the growth of climbing plants and ultimately creates a unique feature within the space.

The Courtyard Garden

Liven up a small space with a courtyard feel. Add a water feature as a focal point and instead of laying grass, add decorative aggregates, potted plants and topiary shrubs for character-all are easily maintained and have bags of character.

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To add a finishing touch, decorate bare walls with the addition of mirrors. Just like the use of them in the home, placing large mirrors in your garden gives the illusion of space.


Publication Alsford Timber
Date              3/7/2015
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