Small cozy garden
In many places, land is scarce or too expensive. Many houses and apartments have only a small porch, balcony or patio. Others have a small garden next to the neighbor’s fence, or such a structure - from which it doesn’t turn out to be a large garden, but only an alley. But even a small garden, simply and well located, can add personality and color to a small space. Here's how to make a small part of your space more visible, no matter how small it is.
1. Getting started.
Analyze the space. Measure it physically. How much space do you actually have?
Explore the climate and its impact on the space of the future garden? Do you get a lot of sun or shade?
Look around. Is there anything you would like to close or hide, such as a wall, fence, or tools? Is there something you want to highlight or include, for example, a nearby tree or the surrounding landscape?
Rate the land. Does your small garden space have land, not clay or sand? Can other plants, including weeds, live in it?
2. Watering can can be decorative elements in the garden when not in use.
Think about where the water will go. Do you have a place to hang a hose to water the plants?
If so, purchase a hose with a nozzle to shut off the water supply. Hose need to choose the right size for your space. If this is not possible, use a watering can.
3. Choose a goal for your garden.
Is it a purely decorative garden, or do you prefer to grow some herbs or food plants in it? Decide where you will be when you look at the garden.
Will you look at it from the outside or from the inside? One or two chairs and a small table can make a small garden an attractive refuge where you can sit and read.
4. Clean up the mess.
If you really want the place in your garden to be always clean, try to find a place where you can refuse a mop. In addition, in many communities, people use small garden spaces as storage facilities.
If you store things there and this, for example, is the only place for your bike, at least minimize the size and number of other objects. Remove anything that is not necessary and create space for the garden and provide access to it.
5. Use perspectives.
Find the largest and most colorful images that you can see, for example, from a window. Use neutral colors and small leaves and flowers to alienate these images. This helps create the illusion of more space.
6. Hide the stops.
If the fence is the most characteristic feature of your garden, it becomes very clear how small your space is. Instead, use plants as a territory limiter.
Use any plant that can close the fence. If you see a part of a bush or tree behind a fence near your neighbor, plant low plants, grouping them in front of him. This can create the appearance that these plants are in your garden.
7. Subdivide the garden.
You cannot always divide a small space, but if you have some space for work (for example, a small garden instead of a balcony in the apartment), then do not show everything at once. Pave the way to another room or area. A small space can be an ideal place to hide beauty or a place where you can hide.
Change material on the way from one sector to another.
8. Make a room for people or a gazebo.
If you have space only for the track, leave space for it. But if you can, add a bench or chair.
9. The vertical garden.
As a rule, horizontal space is more limited. Build a vertical garden using containers with tall plants, or plant grapes on a wall or fence. In addition, you can put pots on windows or walls, or containers mounted on a fence, as well as more pots on a table or shelves.
10. Colorful exposure.
It can be a beautiful chair or bench, a fountain or a potted plant - all that will give an effect.
- Put the pots in the trays to avoid staining the surface under them. Plants do not like it when their roots are in the water, but you have to water them until the water completely moistens them. Excess water after irrigation can be removed from the tray.
- Unglazed terracotta pots (ceramic red) lose water quickly. Colorful ceramic pots coated with plastic or acrylic do not dry out as quickly.
- Choose plants with pots. You can combine colors and designs as well as size.
- Find a balance between comfort and quantity. Look at the garden, not the jungle.
- For a visual increase in space when decorating, do not use bulky objects.
- Make sure you have well fixed the pots on the balcony, which are high so that they do not fall.
- If you decide to hide something, consider its usefulness and purpose. It is one thing to confuse a fence in a vineyard, and another to hide a gas meter. Do not block access to such objects.