When most people think of gardening projects they think of a large landscaping project that involves extensive plants, trees, outdoor furniture, and multiple contractors. Not all homeowners have a large garden area to work with however, a fact that sometimes discourages homeowners with smaller garden area from doing anything with their small garden space. Ignoring a garden because of its smaller size however is nothing short of criminal and it's a shame so many homeowners either do nothing with their small gardens or neglect them until they have died out.
What homeowners with smaller gardens need to remember is that there are a number of things that they can do to both make their garden stand out and look bigger than they actually are. Making a small garden look larger and livelier isn't as difficult as some homeowners may think. In fact working with a smaller garden space can actually be much more fun and far less stressful than working with a large garden. Of course homeowners who do want to revamp or even construct a small garden area should at the very least consult with a professional contractor in order to determine exactly how to proceed and where to begin.
The first thing homeowners or their contractors they elect to work with will need to determine is the focal point of a new/revamped garden. How a smaller garden is viewed, meaning the angles it's seen by, plays a big part in just how luxurious or effective it looks. Homeowners want their smaller gardens to be immediately accessible to eyes, be them their own or those of visitors or even potential home buyers. This means that homeowners and contractors generally try to find a space that can be seen from both the street as well as from inside their homes. It's also very important to ensure that gardens should be viewable by passerby's visitors from within a home and of course be free from obstructions in the yards they reside in. Additionally smaller gardens are often constructed strategically either in the center of a yard or one of its corners.
Smaller gardens can be used to not only add beauty to a home and create a very specific atmosphere around one but to conceal undesirable items or areas of a yard as well. Homeowners with air-conditioning units, electrical outlets that go unused, and even problem areas of the home can be effectively concealed by a small but beautiful garden. Concealing things that seem out of place in either a front or back yard gives those areas a warmer and more organic feel which make them all the more enjoyable to both look at and spend time in.
Although the focus of a small garden in either a front or back yard largely consists of things like trees, bushes, and shrubs, homeowners need to remember that plants in containers or pots should also be used to accentuate specific spots within the yard or around the main portion of a smaller garden. Homeowners can even placed potted plants and other greenery in containers just outside of doors and can use it to line pathways to their garden.
While it's very easy to get carried away with both the design and construction of a small garden homeowners should keep in mind that while there are many different types of plants and enhancement pieces available in a wide variety of colors, keeping a color scheme simple will help small gardens better stand out and make things more aesthetically pleasing. Professionals who help homeowners build small gardens will often recommend that they select one single color scheme and stick to the plan.
Not only is selecting the right type of plants and garden enhancements important but getting the right lighting installed in and around a small garden can really help it stand out especially just after sunset and before sunrise. Outdoor lighting for a small garden can add some much-needed atmosphere and help homeowners create a very specific mood not only for their garden area but for their entire yard as well. Homeowners should also consider trees and bushes that don't completely block out sunlight or individuals view of their garden.
As far as garden enhancement projects are concerned, a homeowner can utilize benches, tables, lawn furniture, and of course fountains and even small brooks or streams to really make their small gardens come alive. Of course homeowners who want water features installed will definitely need to work with someone who specializes in the installation of such things; usually a landscaping contractor. A small garden can also be enhanced by decorative pieces that hang from a gazebo, an awning, or from a wall that is adjacent to a the garden itself. Moreover a small gardens adjacent walls can be covered with vines or specialty plants for an extra touch of pizzazz.
Lastly, homeowners and their contractors, should they choose to work with one, should make no bones about asking neighbors to have a look at their gardens. There's no such thing as plagiarism in the world of private gardens and a lot of good ideas can be taken from the gardens of neighbors. Of course if a homeowner is unfamiliar or unfriendly with their neighbors they can always utilize the internet for ideas or can have their contractor draw up specific plans after assessing their yard.
Those homeowners who do have small garden spaces to work with have plenty of reasons to be excited about both constructing and maintaining their gardens no matter how small they may be. Additionally smaller gardens require far less a financial investment than do large gardens and even when working closely with a specialized contractor homeowners will find that they don't need a large budget to deal with a small garden.