By Laura Gaskill associated with
Find out why a small garden can trump a big one any day.
Gardens on a grand scale can be gorgeous, to be sure, but they are not without their drawbacks. They can be pricey to install and labour-intensive to maintain, and they need huge amounts of water to stay green. A small garden, on the other hand, can be just as charming and rewarding to spend time in, but with far less effort. If you have a tiny garden to call your own, here are 5 reasons to count your blessings.
1. A tiny garden can offer your own patch of green in the city
If you live in an urban area and are lucky enough to have a bit of outdoor space to call your own, it makes sense to make the most of it. Treat yourself to some garden therapy by outfitting your urban outdoor space with as much greenery as you can fit. Add grass or a cushy ground cover, potted plants and even a vertical garden or climbing plants on the fence.
2. A tiny garden allows for bigger splurges
The good news about designing a pint-size garden is that with less area to cover, you can afford to shell out a bit more on materials – or even a professional landscape design – that wouldn’t be feasible in a larger space. In the narrow urban garden shown here, stepping stones lead the way across a beautiful pond, to a gravel outdoor dining space surrounded by lush perennials and slender white birch trees. What sort of garden have you always wanted? Consider ways to translate what you love into a small scale.
3. A tiny garden is the perfect size for beginners
When you are just starting a garden for the first time, it’s easy to cover too much ground – those seed catalogues do look so tempting – and end up with too many garden chores and not enough time. A tiny garden, on the other hand, is ideal for beginners as it forces you to start small. You will be glad you did.
4. A tiny garden is just the right size for one (or two)
A little corner of outdoor space can make the perfect spot to get away, unwind and relax, without the commitment of a large yard. When lined with lush plants, even a tiny balcony or deck can feel like a secret garden made just for you. To maximise privacy from neighbours, consider adding tall trellises or potted trees to create a green canopy.
5. A tiny garden can be whatever you make of it
Whether your little garden is in the city or suburbs, outside a townhouse or on the balcony of an apartment building, the space may be small, but your imagination need not be limited. You can use your balcony to grow strawberries and lettuce, turn your patio into a tea garden or plant a square of grass just right for picnics in your urban backyard.