Do you have a small garden? Compared with the rest of the country, London homes typically have less outdoor space in relation to their property, whether they have a small back garden, a small courtyard or a small roof terrace. However, small gardens deﬁnitely do not have to mean compromised gardens.
Designing for a small garden is an exciting challenge, a chance to be really creative, to ﬁnd innovative, clever ways to transform a space so that it is multifunctional as well as enjoyable.
As with all landscape design, when we design for a small outside space, we begin by thinking about what you, the client, wants to get from your garden.
We then consider the most effective way of laying out the garden, making sure that every millimeter counts. We design the space to maximise it’s potential whilst still ensuring that we create a space which is beautiful, relaxed, practical, and just right for your needs. Hampstead Garden Design are often contacted by clients who have a small courtyard, small back garden or a small roof garden and want us to help them to redesign the area to make the most of their outdoor space.
The starting point, as with all garden design, is to explore what would like to include in your garden.
Small garden designs need to successfully incorporate as many as possible of your needs, whilst still being beautiful, practical and manageable and not breaking the budget.
Often clients decide that it is time to redesign a small garden when they ﬁnd that their original needs have changed. Perhaps their children have grown up and the trampoline, goal posts and basketball hoop have been long since been abandoned. Maybe the garden shrubs and borders have become overgrown and the initial enthusiasm for growing vegetables has waned, so that the vegetable patch sits bare throughout the year. Maybe the patched-up fences and old shed are no longer serviceable. Whatever the trigger, sometimes we realise that our needs have changed and that it is time to rethink how we use the garden.
This was the case with our clients in Kentish Town, North London who came to us for advice and help in redesigning their small, family garden.
Our clients had outgrown the design of their small, family garden and wanted a space which was less a football pitch and more a space for relaxing and entertaining.
Our clients’ garden in Kentish Town was actually a reasonably sized, small family garden. However the lack of interest in the original garden immediately drew the eye to the back wall, which in turn made the garden feel smaller.
The existing garden included:
The lack of attractive features and focal points, the overgrown planting scheme and the imposing brick wall at the back, all combined to give the impression that the garden was an uninviting space which its owners had outgrown.
One successful way of designing a small garden is to divide the space into a number of different zones. Done well, this actually increases the feeling of space as you develop separate areas within the garden, each of which create interest. You might include a seating area, a playing area, a dining area and planting beds.
Not only did this hide the uninteresting brick wall, it also created a destination in the garden and a reason to explore the back of the space.
The existing exotic tree ferns and palms were kept, and new shrubs and perennials added to create a colourful urban retreat which can be enjoyed throughout the year.
If you’re not sure where to begin, why not call in Hampstead Garden Designs. We have years of experience of creating beautiful, practical, hard wearing small gardens that will give you years of pleasure. Take the ﬁrst step into your new small garden.