Whilst living in the Capital is beneficial for a number of reasons, it is well known that London is the concrete capital. This means that homes in London, particularly built up areas in the South of London, are smaller meaning it can be more difficult to create an inspiring design. If you have a smaller garden, then we’ve got some tips to help you with your design.
Take a look at your smaller garden, are there parts that are neglected? If you have a small garden then it’s likely you will look at other gardens with envy. However, you can use this envy to help you to design your garden in a better way. Perhaps with a smaller garden you can’t turn it into a traditional design, but there are certainly ways you can develop it. Through the use of flowers and plants there are lots of different ways in which you can transform your garden into one which is brighter and feels more like the garden you’ve always wanted.
The important thing to do when redesigning your garden is to plan. Everything you do, from digging up plants to moving furniture should be planned to ensure it all fits together. Take a pen and piece of paper and map out your existing garden. Now that you’ve got it on paper, it should be easier to understand and transform.
Look at the areas you first notice in your garden. Are these areas which you want to improve, or areas which you already like? Make a list of parts of the garden you would like to change as this will help you with your planning.
Most gardens will have what we call ‘blind spots’. These are areas which aren’t seen when you first walk into the garden, but can be seen as you walk around. These are important areas as they are often forgotten by owners. You can use these areas to inject some colour into your garden. Perhaps you could purchase plant pots with your favourite flowers in, and pop them in your ‘blind spots’. If you have high walls you could even consider using hanging baskets to brighten up your garden.
Have you got windows facing your garden? What have you got decorating the window sill at the moment? This is an area of lost space which many people don’t consider covering. You could put several flower pots on the fronts of the windows to brighten up your garden. Again this area is often ‘wasted’ so it’s important to fulfill the area.
What do you do to brighten up your London garden?