Written by Paisley Tedder

6 small garden ideas to try this season

Create an outdoor haven for the warmer months with these small garden ideas.

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When you have a smaller outdoor space, be it a share of a communal garden, a little courtyard or even a balcony, it can be tricky to feel inspired with what to do with your space. While large decking spaces, summerhouses and pergolas are out of the question, there are still plenty of beautiful ways to make your garden oasis extra-special.

Browse our selection of small garden ideas, and discover how to make them work in your space.

Pretty planters

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A quick fix for getting any garden looking great is to install greenery as quickly as possible. While we know you might not have space for sleepers and flowerbeds galore, a cluster of pots by your back door will immediately breathe life into your outdoor space. Note, cat not included, though we’re sure you’ll agree they make for a more exciting garden experience!

Read more: 5 stylish and affordable outdoor planters

Work upwards

Small garden ideas trellis and planter, goodhomesmagazine.com

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When you haven’t got much space to work with, working upwards rather than outwards is always the best policy. We love this outdoor planter and trellis set up, which immediately brings attention to the vines on the wall giving your garden a focus point and giving you the opportunity to get green-fingered with your growing at the same time.

Create scenic spots

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Putting extra-effort to create a magic corner, or ‘hub’ of your garden makes a huge difference with spaces of any size. But it’s particularly crucial in smaller gardens. Simply adding fairy lights, furniture and quality blankets will immediately set a scene and make it a destination for you and your guests during those hazy summer evenings.

Basket brilliance

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Set the tone of your space instantly by installing hanging baskets to the entrances of your property. The splash of colour will bring instant kerb appeal, and once installed you can update the flowers with the seasons.

Statement furniture

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If you can fit furniture into your garden space, use it to make a statement. Adding a pop of colour or a quirky style of furniture lifts up the space and will create a focal point in your outdoor area.

Focal flooring

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Outdoor floor tiles are a big trend for 2021, and just like small indoor rooms a smaller garden means you can be more experimental. Choose something jazzy for balconies and patios as an extension of your home, just like these MÄLLSTEN tiles from IKEA.

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