One of the most common difficulties we face as landscapers is when we are asked to design a landscaped garden that has limited space. Given that we cannot create a design for a landscaped garden that has dimensions any bigger than the garden itself, we often have to call upon several tricks and techniques to help maximise the space at a physical level and also to give the appearance of more space visually.
Practical ways to increase space include using multi-level decking and having vertical gardens, however, it is also possible to trick the eyes and the mind using landscape design techniques that make them see and think the garden is larger than reality. Here are seven of the techniques that we use.
In many gardens which we are asked to design there is existing fencing, and sometimes the clients wish to keep this, whilst others are happy for it to be replaced, with bushes or trees, for example. Where fences will remain, painting and staining them in a dark colour can help make them seem less dominating and not appear as an obvious limit to the dimensions of the garden. Planting shrubs, bushes or trees in front of fences also means there is no visible fence.
Minimise The Lawn
Having a large lawn might seem like a positive in a garden, but when that garden is relatively small, a large fence-to-fence lawn can increase the sense of limited space. One landscape design technique we often use in this instance would be to swap out some of the lawn for some plant beds or small shrubs.
We have just mentioned the size of a lawn being an issue when it comes to small gardens, however, the shape of your lawn can also make a difference as to how much space there appears to be in your garden. We will often alter the shape of a lawn from being rectangular or perfectly square to having one or more curved sections in our landscape designs which can give the feeling of there being more space.