You don’t have to have a large garden to enjoy spending time outdoors. From narrow balconies and enclosed courtyards to petite patios and irregularly shaped back gardens – whatever the size or shape of your exterior, you can make it the garden of your dreams by simply making the very most of the space available. The key is considered planning and innovative design choices. With a small garden, there aren't as many options available to you but selecting the right ones will allow you to maximise your space and make your garden feel larger.

5 Small Garden Ideas to Make the Most of Your Outdoor Space

Not sure where to begin? Start with our top 5 small garden ideas below to transform your outdoor space in an instant. Alternatively, head straight over to our website to shop in-stock outdoor furniture and decor.

Small Garden Ideas - A brown rattan 2-seater bistro set within a small stoned courtyard
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1. Don’t Overwhelm Your Space

Select furniture that fits

Let's begin with furniture. If your outdoor space is small, it’s likely that you will not fit a large dining set or corner sofa in without overwhelming your space. Instead, this may have the opposite effect and result in your garden feeling cramped.

Bistro Sets are Perfect for Small Gardens

For outdoor dining, 2-seater bistro sets are ideal for gardens limited on space. You can enjoy brunches on the balcony or romantic summer evening meals while leaving extra space for plant pots and garden decor.

Bistro Sets Fold Away For Streamline Storage

Another reason why bistro sets are perfect for small gardens is function. Many are designed with folding mechanisms, allowing the tables and chairs to be folded almost flat and stored neatly away or to one side of your outdoor space when not in use. This is great for maximising your outdoor space.

Small Garden Ideas - A large silver-framed mirror in arched window style among a rustic garden with leafy green shrubs
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2. Create the Illusion of Space

Use Mirrors to Make Your Garden Feel Bigger

Did you know that mirrors are not just for indoors? In the same way that mirrors create space and light in interior design, outdoor mirrors make small gardens feel larger and more spacious. They are particularly effective in small enclosed gardens where extra light is needed. Plus, with a choice range of styles to choose from, a garden mirror will soon become a statement feature of your outdoor space.

Small Garden Ideas - A rectangular wall mounted metal wall planter with 4 white and 4 terracotta coloured plant pots with draping greenery
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3. Keep Floor Space Clear

Swap Plant Pots for Streamline Wall Planters

If you’ve got a particularly narrow or tall outdoor space, wall planters can be used as an alternative to plant pots and flower beds as a way to bring colour and life to your garden. Green, leafy plants work particularly well in a small garden with a stone patio or wooden decking, making it feel brighter and at one with nature - especially if your outdoor space is located in an urban setting. Style wall planters high with trailing and draping plants to extend your outdoor space upwards and make it feel larger.

Small Garden Ideas - A halo-style outdoor floor light in a modern garden with slatted wooden wall and gravel pathway
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4. Create a Cosy Ambience

Use Lighting & Fire Pits to Make Small Spaces Feel Cosy

Don’t underestimate the power of light. As summer days turn to night, outdoor lighting is perfect for setting the tone of an alfresco dinner party under the stars. The ambience is heightened in a small outdoor space, creating enriched feelings of warmth and cosiness. Select outdoor lanterns and fire pits to enjoy the crackle of the flame or choose outdoor wall and floor lighting for something more permanent.

Small Garden Ideas - A silver galvanised metal tray with gold handles filled with cutlery, a candle and plant on a rattan table in a lawned garden
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5. Don't Forget the Details

Make Your Space Homely with Accessories

When it comes to styling a small outdoor space, furniture is important but make sure you don't overlook the details. Lighting and accessories really bring a space to life, creating an outdoor space that's just as stylish and chic as your indoor space. Stackable outdoor trays like the Kai can be used for part serving and part storage and styled neatly on your outdoor table or stowed away when not in use. Create comfy extra seating with outdoor floor cushions and pouffes for a casual look.

Making the Most of a Small Garden

If your exterior is limited on space, use these tips as a starting point for getting the most out of your garden. Before you start on any designing, take time to carefully consider what you want from your outdoor space. Are you looking for a place to socialise? Somewhere to relax? Or a space to grow plants and vegetables? Once you've chosen your garden's purpose, you can explore all the different options to suit you. Think outside the box to maximise your space and select innovative solutions that give you the perfect balance of function and style.

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