3 effective ways to make a small garden appear bigger

If you dream of owning a large, garden with a sprawling lawn and vast, blooming flower bed, but you’re limited by the amount of space available, we’re here to help.

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If you live in an urban area, it’s likely that you’re going to be limited by your options when it comes to garden space. You might feel like you can only afford to squeeze in a few decorative plant pots and some quality garden fence panels, but fear not, there’s more than one way to make even the smallest of gardens feel instantly more spacious.

Consider going zonal

This is a really quick and simple way of making your garden feel more spacious. If you’ve decided on the features you want to include in your garden, you can start to plan your garden zones. These features can include anything from a secret reading nook in the corner, to a floral space for all you favourite flowers. It doesn’t really matter what you choose to do, so long as it creates intrigue and interest in your garden, as this is what will help present to the illusion of space.

For borders to your zones, consider multi-stemmed trees or tall plants – the aim here is to divide your garden up into ‘rooms’, and you can also do this by incorporating a some distinguished patio or decking, or with a box hedge that splits up the lawn.

Opt for large plants

This might sound like a bit of a contradiction, but trust us. If you’ve got a more compact garden space, it’s normal to think small when it comes to the decorative features. You might be tempted by small plants, small pots, and small ferns, but trust us when we say that going big in a small garden can often make your space feel much larger than it is.

Small features and borders create the feeling of a small space when included in a little garden, whereas being bold and thinking big, often has the opposite effect. By opting for well proportioned plants, and larger paving stones, your garden will feel much broader!

Play with perspective

Playing with perspective in your garden is a neat way to trick the eye into thinking your garden is bigger than it is. Avoid long, narrow paths, as these will only lengthen rather than widen your space. You want eyes to be drawn across your space, rather than just straight down it, so you want to opt for curved lines that move across your space.

As a side note – a narrow border with lots of overflowing plants of varying heights will draw the eye across the space rather than just straight to the end of it.

So if you find yourself yearning for a more spacious feel in your small garden, these tips will help help you introduce a larger than life feel to your little outdoor space in no time.

Whilst you’re doing that you may also want to consider adding some brand new fencing panels to your garden to cap off the transformation. Most of the timber fencing that we supply is pressure treated, which minimises the amount of moisture both entering and leaving the wood. You can find out more about the difference between dip treated and pressure treated panels on a recent post, or alternatively drop us a line on enquiries@garden-fence-panels.co.uk.  or phone us on 01772 336 476, and we’ll be happy to see how we can help.