Perfect for those who are low on space but big on outdoor time, these inspiring ideas for small gardens, patios, balconies and other “fresh air” zones are sure to do the trick.
For many years, I lived in various apartments that had little more than a tiny balcony to offer. Instead of making the most of what space was available however, I brushed these balconies off for being too small and therefore not even worth the effort of utilising. Perhaps I may have seen things differently if I had gotten some creative insight in the form of amazing ideas for small gardens that were not only doable but also inexpensive and simple to achieve.
Then again, being someone who is trying very (very) hard to learn how to cultivate a green thumb, I may have ended up with a balcony full of dead plants instead of a super amazing reading nook surrounded with hanging plants and other such awesome decor.
Whatever the case, I’m here to help you learn from my mistakes, as you find your own ideas for putting together the perfect outdoor zone… no matter how tiny it may be.
Create Your Ideal Outdoor Space With These Ideas for Small Gardens
First things first, let’s start with some visual insight into how to create an inviting outdoor space. Here are some of my favourite examples of small-but-stylish garden nooks…
1) wall mounted vertical garden [via DecoratingYourSmallSpace.com]
2) balcony with Comfy Couch [via comqt.com]
3) modern balcony with herb and vegetable garden [via Indulgy.com]
4) rustic ladder plant shelf [via TheGardenGlove.com]
5) bright & cheerful fence planters [via DIYnCrafts.com]
6) modern boho balcony with lounger [via sevabeauty.com]
7) stylish urban patio [via DesignIndulgences.com]
8) adorably bright boho balcony [via buzzhoz.com]
9) functional yet stylish bench planter [via AbstractLandscapes.co.uk]
10) pretty, romantic shabby chic balcony [via Houzz.com]
Get The Look – Great Small Garden Ideas to Try
How do you go about creating an outdoor area that is just right for reading, relaxing and chilling with friends? Here are a few tips to keep in mind…
>> How much sun and shade does your patio, balcony or garden get every day? Some plants need shade, others need sun and some need a bit of both. Check to see whether you get morning sun or afternoon sun, and when in doubt, pop down to your local plant nursery to find out which plants would be best in your environment.
>> Is there any kind of cover over the area, or will you need to bring in couches and seating when it rains? If it’s not covered but you get lots of nice weather in your part of the world (or have lovely long summers), opt for giant cushions or beanbag chairs, which are easier to bring in and out.
>> How secure is your garden or patio? Being a few floors up with a balcony is not always the same as being on ground floor within vision of nosy neighbours, after all. There are many ways that you can add more privacy, including using climbing plants to cover fences.
>> Keep it simple or take it to the max? Of course, that is something only you can decide. Many believe that a small garden will look bigger with minimal furnishings and decor. But a bright space that is laden with plants, lights and details can look very cosy and welcoming. Just what you need if you’re aiming to create a nook where you can escape to after work!
>> Get space savvy. Vertical gardens, standing herb gardens made with ladder shelves, tables and even planters that are designed to fit onto fences are all ways to make optimal use of small space. Even if you only have the teeniest of balconies, savvy storage, one or two comfy seating options (I especially love the boho lounger above!), a rug, a table and a bit of decor are all you really need to get your outdoor space in order.
What are your favourite ideas for small gardens, and how do you make the most of the space you’ve got? Share your thoughts below – I’d love to hear your ideas!