For gardening enthusiasts who live in urban areas, it can put a damper on your mood when you feel like you don’t have enough space for gardening. But, even with a small garden, you can create a captivating environment that you’ll be proud to have in your yard. As long as you follow these design guidelines, you can turn your small garden into an outdoor feature everyone will love!
A basic design practice you can use for your garden (or any garden for that matter) is to have repetition throughout your garden. There are many ways you can get repetition into your garden, whether that is a common color scheme or type of plant.
While this is important for any garden, it’s especially critical for a small garden because too much variety in a small area is often overwhelming. People like patterns and consistency, making repetition a gardening practice that will make your garden look more appealing.
Adjust the Scale
Scale refers to how one object looks compared to other objects based on their size. It’s something our eyes do all of the time. For a garden, we usually compare everything in it to the largest object the garden has. Often, this is the house. If you factor scaling into the design of your garden, you can make it look larger, even if you’re using a smaller space.
This can be accomplished by having between one and three large plants to serve as focal points, plenty of medium-sized plants, and a few smaller plant varieties.
Most people think of touch when they think about texture. But we are referring to visual texture. Most of the visual texture in a garden comes from the leaves. Plants can either have a fine-leaved, medium-leaved, or coarse-leaved texture. Most plants we use have medium textures, so adding more coarse or fine-textured plants to your garden can give it more visual appeal.
As mentioned before, having a few focal points in your garden is recommended. They stop people’s eyes from wandering and get them to fixate on a specific feature you want them to see. For a small garden, you want to limit the number of focal points you have because it can make your garden more chaotic.
Focal points are designed to get people to stop and appreciate a special feature. Having too many focal points makes it confusing to know where to look, while too few focal points mean people won’t have features to attract their eyes. You can either use plants to serve as focal points, or you can get people’s attention with hardscape features.
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