If the pandemic taught us anything it’s that having any sort of outdoor space can be a welcome haven to escape to. Even a tiny garden can do wonders for your mental health if you take the time to make it your own. But wouldn’t it be nice if you could make your small outdoor space feel less cramped?

When it comes to how to make a small garden look bigger, there are a few simple tricks and tips you can use. From using outdoor mirrors to clever planting techniques, you’re sure to find something to suit you are your garden.

Let’s take a look at some easy ideas for how to make a small garden look bigger.

1. Vertical planting

Flower walls are all the rage at trendy bars and restaurants at the moment, but have you ever thought of planting your very own living wall? By planting vertically, you’ll be able to create more ground space and make the green grassy area of your garden larger at the same time.


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2. Adding mirrors

Mirrors can create the illusion of larger spaces by tricking our eyes. This technique can be employed both inside and out and with some careful placement, your garden area can be transformed! Having a large feature mirror along the length of a wall is a great way to make your garden look a lot bigger than it really is.


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3. Removing bulky shrubs and bushes

Large bushes and shrubs that are usually found around the edges of a garden can take up a lot of space. If you can replace them with a fence or grass over these areas to create more open space. You can then add planters of colourful flowers if you like.

4. Creating garden zones

You should think of your garden as an interior room with a floor plan. By creating different zones, you can create the illusion of having additional space. This can be done by having different flooring or by mixing up your furniture, which brings us to the next tip…

5. Considering your furniture choices

Avoid getting furniture that looks too big for the space you have available. If you have a table that looks huge, then this will become the focus of your garden rather than the beautiful plants and flowers. Overpowering furniture is a big no-no in a small garden.


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6. Having multi-purpose spaces

Having flexibility with your garden space is a blessing in a small garden. A great example of this is a hammock that you can easily put up and down to suit the occasion. When you want to relax and read a book, you put the hammock up and for more social occasions where you need more space, you can tuck it away.


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7. Using potted plants

Even on the smallest of balconies, you can create a beautiful area using a range of potted plants. By grouping together plants in different pots and of different sizes you can create an eclectic look that brightens up your area and adds depth to create the illusion of more space.


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So, which idea will you be trying out to make your small garden look bigger?

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