As house blocks become smaller, so do gardens and outdoor spaces, so to make the most of the alfresco space it’s a good idea to have professional landscaping done. Professionals have had a great deal of experience and training and know the best way to ensure every tiny corner is put to use so your garden not only adds value to your home, but enhances your lifestyle at the same time.
Here are seven of the latest trends for small gardens.
- Most people enjoy some kind of greenery in their life, so small gardens are really taking off. Even if your courtyard is only big enough for a shrub and a chaise or two, you can have it designed in a way that makes it look larger. Potted plants and raised gardens don’t take up much room and will enhance your courtyard and the time spent there will be more pleasurable.
- Edible landscapes are becoming trendier. Add some herbs for cooking, one or two tomato plants, peppers or snow peas in with your flowers for a garden that tastes great as well as looking good. Remember to only plant your favourite food though.
- Not everyone wants to mow and water lawn on their days off, so increasingly, small areas are being paved. Whether you choose fake turf, decking, limestone, tiles or bricks, or perhaps gravel with pavers is up to you. Replacing the lawn is also eco-friendly as you will save on water and fertilisers.
- Going vertical with your gardening, with a special grow wall that faces the sun will enable you to have even more plants and can hide ugly brickwork. Remember to choose vines that are not rampant growers so you don’t have to keep cutting them back. You could even espalier a fruit tree. There are many modular systems that have all you need for watering and fertilising, making maintenance a breeze.
- There is something about a campfire that almost everyone is attracted to. Adding a fire pit and some comfortable outdoor furniture to your landscape design can certainly help you socialise with family and friends as you gather around the fire to toast marshmallows or just admire the stars.
- Creating a garden that reflects elements of your latest overseas holidays is also trendy. Think what you liked best on your holiday and work it into your landscape, whether it is a fish pond, bridge over running water, white gravel and pavers or a row of brightly coloured pots.
- Outdoor dining is also trendy and requires a special set-up of alfresco furniture so you don’t have to carry tables and chairs in and out all the time. Such a place is a magnet to help you relax with a coffee or entertain guests.