Limited space doesn’t mean limited creativity; follow these tips to make the most out of your townhouse garden.
You may not be blessed with a huge outdoor space but, that should not prevent you from trying out your green fingers. Look no further, we have all the ideas (and supplies) you need to make your townhouse garden an enjoyable place in which to spend time.
Maximise liveability by making use of seating areas. Boosting intimacy, even in a small area, often has the paradoxical effect of making it seem bigger. Creating an escape nook within your garden can keep it from feeling crowded. If you have a tree in your garden that creates too much shade for plants to grow underneath, place some furniture there and spend more time outside.
When your ground space is limited, look up! Get twice the flowers and plants in your garden by adding a living wall. Growing your plants vertically will not only offer you more space but privacy too, which is a must in townhouse complexes. Explore your creativity with felt planter bags or invest in a lush creeper.
It may seem counter-intuitive but, creating divisions actually helps small gardens. It will give the illusion of space, size and intrigue. The trick is to make sure that you can’t see everything in one go. We suggest including a succulent garden somewhere in your plan. This is perfect if your green fingers are not actually green at all. Succulents are low maintenance thanks to their ability to store water in their fleshy leaves.
Tip: Add food colouring to the water when you water your succulents to create those bright and vivid colours.
Extend the use of your garden well into the night with garden lights. It can be as simple as outlining a flower bed with rope lighting or accentuating a tree with a spot light. We love decorative solar lights. Not only do they not need wiring but they are also low maintenance and come in a variety of styles.
One way to create a sense of space in a small garden is to add curving pathways. A slightly meandering walkway is always better than a straight path because it gives visitors the sense that they are travelling through a landscape. We recommend using crushed brick or gravel as a beautiful, low cost and low-maintenance paving option. To prevent weeds from popping through, spread a layer of landscape fabric underneath.
If you are too busy to maintain a lawn, skip it entirely. Not only will it allow you the space for more plants but you will save yourself time and effort. We suggest growing your plants in containers instead of planting them in the ground. This is perfect if you are the type who wants to redesign your garden at a drop of a hat. This will also make the eye lead up, creating a distraction from the lack of ground space. Not only are raised flower beds easy to maintain and visually appealing but, they virtually eliminate weed problems.
Contrary to what most people think, focal points aren’t just for bigger spaces. Focal points do not just have to be garden ornaments. A seating area or even an architectural plant are great as alternatives. The trick is to design focal areas with the inside in mind when landscaping a townhouse garden. We recommend making use of a low maintenance water feature to detract from the sound of the noisy city.
Most people with small gardens love to fill their gardens with bright, bold colours but, what people don’t know is that repeating a simple plant palette actually elongates the garden and creates a feeling of spaciousness. If you cannot resist bright, bold colours, place these plants in front where they will catch your attention first so that the rest of the landscape will appear to recede, helping it to feel larger. As a general rule, hot colours (shades of red, orange and yellow) make a space feel more intimate, while cool colours (shades of dark green, blue and purple) recede the field of vision, making a small space feel larger.
It may seem impossible but, even the smallest space is enough room to try out your green fingers . Visit bidorbuy for all the items you need to create your dream garden.