Small Garden IdeasSee how gardeners around the country have created wonderful gardens in small spaces
Small gardens have a lot more potential than you realize. This collection proves just that. Whether dealing with a long narrow space behind a vintage home, a cramped backyard that lacks privacy, or a shabby garden at the rear of a brownstone the possibilities are endless. So don’t write off your 40-foot by 20-foot outdoor area just yet — with the right design, it could be an incredible garden.
11 Excellent Small Garden Designs
Size: limited | Location: Coronado, CA
Design Tip: Include built-in seating in a corner to keep your garden from feeling crowded.
Size: 80-by-80-feet | Location: Cambridge, MA
Design Tip: Use a living wall to add lushness where ground space is limited.
Size: 6,500 square feet | Location: Portland, OR
Design Tip: Step back and look at your garden with fresh eyes, then simplify and tidy.
Size: 46-by-100-feet | Location: Seattle, WA
Design Tip: Even if your outdoor space seems overwhelming, pick just one thing that you most want to change.
Size: tiny | Location: Eugene, OR
Design Tip: Think big. Ample pathways and gathering spaces are inviting, and large features are engaging in any size garden.
Size: 65-feet-wide | Location: Portland
Design Tip: You can maximize the livability of a small yard by taking advantage of changes in terrain to segment the space into different living areas. Dividing a garden, even when small, often has the paradoxical effect of making it seem larger.
Size: 18 feet wide by 150 feet long | Location: Philadelphia
Design Tip: In small gardens where space is too limited for major focal points, compose a series of mini views within the garden itself, offering interest in every direction while using plants to provide a framework.
Size: 24-by-45-foot | Location: West Hollywood
Design Tip: Divide the garden into outdoor rooms that echo and expand upon the home’s interior, giving both inside and out more purpose and making everything feel larger.
Size: 45 by 22 feet | Location: New York City’s Greenwich Village
Design Tip: If you plan to entertain groups, keep the furniture and plantings along the perimeter of the garden to allow for mingling in the center of the space.
Size: 25' x 21' | Location: Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Design Tip: When selecting plants for a relatively small space, don’t go color crazy - stick with a more monochromatic scheme of cooler colors (such as blues, violets, yellows and silvery greens) - otherwise you may end up with a garden that feels close and confined.
Size: small townhouse | Location: Barnsbury, London
Design Tip: Don't forget lighting to extend the use of the garden well into the night.
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