Make the most of your space: Small garden decor ideas

January 10, 2019

When we see a small garden, we often think that nothing much can be done to spruce it up. But this could not be further from the truth. With a little bit of creativity and some helpful advice, you can build a small garden that is big on personality and that feels spacious enough for all your needs.


Start by looking for a picnic bench that you can place in a shady spot, or choose from wooden picnic tables that you can paint in quirky colours. Remember to measure your space before you buy a picnic table or look for picnic benches for sale. Make sure all furniture is suitable for outdoor use. You can also incorporate some unique textures and patterns to make the space pop. So, for more advice on how to maximise a small garden, below are some tips and tricks.

Build upwards

If you would like to incorporate a herb or flower garden into your yard but simply do not have the space, you can create a vertical garden. A vertical garden can be as simple or as elaborate as you want. It all depends on your imagination.


For example, you could use a wooden trellis to hang cleaned tin cans on and fill these with beautiful succulents. Or you could be more elaborate and build a miniature greenhouse for your herbs and vegetables. Using your vertical space will free up the floor and allow you to have flowers and herbs without encroaching on valuable seating space.

Perky pot plants

An outdoor area should have greenery, even if your small garden is paved or covered in pebbles. A simple and effective way to do this is to introduce pot plants into the area. Brightly coloured pots filled with unique flowers will bring visual interest to your garden and can be used as a focal point too.


For those who prefer low maintenance decor, you can place some pretty succulents in cement planters and dot them around your garden, or place them in clusters around a solar garden light. You could even use them to decorate the wooden patio benches in your garden. Pot plants are often the best solution for rented apartments with garden space. This way you will be able to have a pretty garden but will not have to worry about what will happen to it when you move away.

Low wall for extra seating

In small gardens, the issue is often that there is a lack of seating. And while you might have a stunning picnic bench set, if you have more than six people over for an outdoor party, you will need to have enough seating for everyone to feel comfortable.


But what is the solution? Building raised garden beds is. You can create these by adding raised beds filled with flowers or herbs and surrounding them with a brick or stone wall that juts out enough for someone to sit on. To make them comfortable, you can offer guests cushions to place on top or throws for wintery evenings. Be sure that the edges are not too rough or sharp, or it will be uncomfortable to sit on for long periods of time.

Set up some shelving

Now, you might not think that shelving belongs in a garden, but it can work wonders for a small backyard. You can put up wooden shelves on your brick wall and place pretty pot plants on them or gardening utensils so they are not in the way of your furniture.


For a rustic look, find some old railway sleepers and use antique-styled brackets to mount them. If you prefer a more modern aesthetic, sleek stainless steel shelving on simple brackets will do the trick. Be sure all wood and metal are treated to withstand weather damage so they do not rot or buckle from the rain. You can paint your shelves in bright colours for some extra flair and creativity.

Stick with sand

If you do not have the time to care for grass and plants, then you can transform your small backyard into a zen oasis with sand. You can look for plain beach sand to cover the ground or ask your garden centre if they have white, bleached sand for a completely unique look.


You can use a rake or even a pole to create patterns in the sand for a relaxing, zen-like experience or simply leave it as-is and accentuate it with potted succulents. Add some coloured pebbles in strategic clusters and don’t forget the solar lights. Place some garden benches or outdoor benches on the sand for guest seating. Soon you will have a calming oasis to spend time relaxing in after a long day at work.

Small in size but large in character

A small garden does not have to be boring or cluttered. You can create the perfect outdoor retreat with just a few simple tweaks. Start by creating a vertical garden for your herbs, or you could place pot plants in corners for some visual interest. Be sure to look for multifunctional furniture so that you free up space when you need it and don’t forget to add some mood lighting with solar candles and fairy lights. Soon your small garden will feel spacious and beautiful.

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