The concluding part of our blog in how to make your small garden or backyard look as good as a landscaped garden, features even more illusions and tips how to design and create the perfect outdoor space. We have already looked at things like creating small zones and staying away from the horizontal, and in this blog, we look at dead spots and staying away from lawns.
Avoid Dead Spots
Even in small backyards or gardens there can be dead spots say in the corners of a building, or not with a view facing the street. In large premises these can largely be ignored, but in a small space they should be looked at and embraced as part of your overall canvass. You can transform these areas into focal points that will add extra interest to your space, almost anything can be used to act as a focal point just use your imagination.
There is no getting around it, lawns need space. In the old majestic landscaped gardens there were expansive lawns that spread out all over the estate. But trying to incorporate a lawn for the sake of it only emphasizes how small your yard or garden actually is. It is better just to skip the grass, use tall plants and shrubs for height, the placement of these can act as a path which you can highlight with small stones or wood chippings. These paths will also allow access to the plants so you can tend to them.
Use Raised Areas
Breaking up your small space with different heights and raised areas adds a three-dimensional aspect to your garden and makes it look bigger. Even if these areas are just one of two feet, the effect will be quite stunning especially if you draw attention to them by adding stone steps. This all creates an illusion to the eye and helps it move upwards to take in the plants and flowers on the terracing which takes away the gaze from the complete garden.
Take out the Garbage
A small space will look much bigger if it is uncluttered and the neat and tidy lines will give an impression of order and peace. Perhaps also limit the color so the eye gets a whole large expanse of green or blue, this will emphasize the effect and less will look like more.
Use Complimentary Colors
The decision of what to plant next to each other is also a key element of landscape design, if you plant by season, color, shape, height it will add to the overall effect. Perhaps try to pick plants that bloom at different times, that way your garden will have color all year round. Use complimentary colors close together then to form a new zone by adding a contrasting color or height. Whatever you choose to select from all of our tips and ideas is to totally up to you. Even one of these ideas will help to transform your tiny front garden or backyard into a thing of beauty that you can be proud of creating.
Remember to have fun whilst you create and that way you will tend to appreciate your space even more and spend many happy years in it.