Doing More With Less Space: 7 Landscaping Tips for Small Areas
Of course, having a vast plot of land with seemingly endless possibilities for landscaping and gardening is exciting and desirable however, this is not a reality for many homeowners. It is highly likely that you will have a limited amount of space to work with. This often deters people from doing something really interesting, but that does not need to be the case. With the right initiative, an outdoor space of any shape or size can be turned into something special. The following seven tips will help you get the most out of your space and do more with less.
1. Plan extensively and carefully.
Any landscaping project requires detailed planning, and if you have a smaller space to work with, this need for preparation is even greater. Take the time to consider all of the fine points and minor details so that you can move forward with direction and confidence.
2. Create a focal point.
Doing so will command attention, eliminate any look of clutter, and add a sense of tidiness. A focal point could be anything from a water feature to an interesting tree to a piece of art, as long as it draws attention without being too overwhelming. It should ideally be places where view angles intersect.
3. Keep it simple and clean.
Don’t try to do too much or incorporate every concept you can think of. Add the necessary hardscape and build accents and flourishes from there. Also, as a general rule of thumb, straight lines usually take up less space than curves. Long, straight lines especially can make a space look bigger. Too many colors and textures can be overwhelming. Shoot for simple yet sophisticated.
4. Use containers.
Container gardening can provide height variation, color, and a place for some plants in areas other than the garden. Maintain some consistency throughout the landscape, such as a constant color for pots of different sizes in order to tie the garden together.
5. Harness the power of color.
Effective, intentional use of color can work wonders. Putting brighter, bolder colors in front will grab attention and make the landscape behind them seem to recede. Another option is to put warm colors in front of cool colors that are increasingly light as you move back, which creates an illusion of depth.
6. Appeal to all of the senses.
Work with light, motion, and sound to add to the experience and make your landscape seem larger. For example, a fountain creates soothing sounds, and outdoor lighting can add a lot of effect.
7. Add layers.
With a confined space, layers can add depth and make the yard seem bigger. For example, install elevated plant beds, trellises, and/or rockery walls in order to add height and dimension. Just because you do not have a huge space to cover does not mean that you cannot create something awesome with your landscape. Small outdoor spaces and gardens can be beautiful, dynamic oases.