Now is the perfect time to update your small outside space and here you will find great ideas to do just that including design tips, what plants to use and cool stuff to buy to create a beautiful tiny blooming place in your garden, on your terrace or your balcony.
Small spaces can require more thought to make them special and even the tiniest spot can be transformed into a piece of paradise for you to enjoy summer days and long summer evenings in. Adding some character to your small space will add the wow factor and make it a place you will want to spend time in.
Having a small space that is wonderfully low maintenance means you can just enjoy being in it whether it be eating al-fresco with friends or hosting intimate dinner dates. You can truly let your creativity flow in a small outside space. Think of it as an outdoor room by adding cushions, lighting, candles, pretty pots,wonderful sculptures and artefacts that will compliment the surroundings.
Whether you’re looking to make a blooming balcony garden, a tranquil place to sit and outside and listen to the birds or if you want to immerse yourself in greenery, you’ll find lots of pictures below to inspire you. If you need to create your small garden on a budget, there are plenty of ideas to inspire you without breaking the bank.
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Introduce some low walls or a small sunken area where edges can double as seating.
Immersing yourself in a small sunken space will create the illusion of more space whilst giving you a totally new perspective in your garden, a true sense of being immersed in nature. Add some cushions for comfort.
2. Build a cool beach hut
Create a spot of shade in your small garden with a homemade beach hut – a few square feet, budget materials and a little imagination and inspiration from your favourite holiday destination will be all that you need Take a couple of large branches, a few smaller branches to support the roof , some garden rope and fencing material to create a bohemian love shack for two. Add in a bench or a couple of small stools like the ones shown here and welcome to the beach
Get the look : Fencing (used as roofing) available from B&Q, Stools from Petersham nursery, loveseat from Chessington garden centre.
3. Make room for a tree
Didn’t think your tiny terrace had room for a tree? Think again. This beautiful olive tree has been planted in a large container topped with a piece of circular aged wood to act as a table. The olive tree provides shade and privacy on this tiny terrace. Who’d have thought dining al-fresco under an olive tree was possible in a couple of square metres.
4. Create an outside bar area
Stuck for space inside? Then think outside. Create your very own outside bar to enjoy a sunrise breakfast or a sun set cocktail. This simple idea can work with any sport theme of your choice the basic formula will remain the same. Adding a simple removable canopy means you can still use the space even when the showers hit!