Spring is in the air and with it the promise of longer days, a little more sun and time spent outdoors with your nearest and dearest. But when you have a small outdoor space, it can be challenging to create a garden that feels both inviting and functional. We’re here to help! With a bit of creativity and planning, you can turn even the tiniest of outdoor gardens into a lush, inviting space. The following tips and tricks will help you transform your tiny garden:

Use containers

Container gardening allows you to grow a variety of plants in a limited amount of space. Want a lemon tree but don’t have the space to let it get too large? A nice, big pot is the way to go. Large pots give you the freedom to add variety and height to your garden without the worry of any one tree or shrub taking over.  A potted tree or shrub makes for a wonderful focal point in a small garden. 

Containers also help you make use of vertical space. Hanging or stacking smaller containers maximises planting area while adding visual interest to your garden.  Choose plants that are suitable for containers, such as herbs, flowers, and small vegetables. This brings us to our next tip…

Plant vertically 

In addition to using containers, vertical planting is an excellent way to make the most of a small garden. You can grow climbing plants like ivy, clematis and roses on trellises or walls to add height to your garden. We love the idea of using pallets to create a vertical succulent or herb garden. And hanging or wall-mounted planters are the perfect way to add more greenery to your space without taking up precious floor space.

Make it eye-catching with bold colors

When it comes to small gardens, bold and bright colors are the way to go. Use a color scheme that complements your home and adds visual interest to your outdoor space. add pops of color throughout your garden with colorful pots, planters, and garden decor.

Plant lots of plants on the garden edge

To create the illusion of a larger garden, plant many plants on the edges of your garden. Use plants that give height, like vines and creepers, together with shrubs that provide depth. This creates a lush and inviting oasis that draws the eye outward, making the garden appear larger. Using plants of different heights, textures, and colors creates a varied and interesting garden border.

Ditch the grass 

Grass wastes valuable planting space in a small garden and requires regular maintenance. It also makes a small space look one-dimensional and boring. So, we recommend ditching the grass if you have a small garden. Instead, if you have some ground to cover you can create interest by building a path and edging it with ground covers, such as moss, clover, or thyme. These plants require less maintenance and provide a more interesting texture to your garden.

Build in seating with storage

What’s the point in a lush oasis if there’s nowhere to relax and enjoy it? Seating is a must in any outdoor oasis. To truly maximise your space consider building in seating with storage. We recommend building bench seating with storage underneath. Not only will this provide a place to sit and relax, it will also give you extra storage space for unsightly gardening tools and supplies.


And if you find yourself in need of extra storage space call Pink Hippo Reading on 0118 957 1573 or Pink Hippo Leatherhead on 01372 386 916. We have storage units to take care of all your excess storage needs – big or small. Visit our Personal storage options to learn more!