Although designing a garden in a small space is a challenge, it is possible to achieve.
The easiest way to create your garden is to hire someone to do it for you. This option could be costly even in a small space garden. I did hire someone to help lay the patio as I had some issues with the slope. Since I wasn’t sure how to deal with the problem, I decided it was worthwhile to hire someone rather than do it wrong.
I also got my family and friends to help haul in supplies and soil… nothing like free labour. 🙂
If you want to do it yourself, here are the steps involved in designing a small space garden.
Video of my garden project.
Doesn’t that look like fun?
Now on with the steps I used to create my small garden:
- First get rid of any existing patio blocks, plastic Flamingos (of course you may want to keep them as they are an endangered species) or any other articles that you do not wish to implement into your garden design.
- Take measurements of the area.
- Decide what you want the main use of the area to be: is it a play area for kids, a place to entertain and have BBQ’s, or a place to meditate.
- Get a piece of paper and draw out what you envision for your yard. It doesn’t matter if you can draw or not, just do a rough draft.
- Lay out the design in your yard with string. During this stage you may come up with more inspiration on how to design (I changed my mind numerous times before I was done).
- If you are planning to use landscaping blocks, they come in a variety of sizes and colours so go to local outlets that supply them to get an idea of what size you want and how high you want them to be. There are more cost effective ways but I personally like the garden blocks as it looks more elegant.
- Once you have the blocks, you should lay out the blocks to ensure your design works and it gives you a more visual idea of what the final design will look like.
- Now is the time to build! When you bought the blocks or whatever other product you are using, the retailer you bought from should have given you instructions on if you need to dig a ditch and what depth to use for your chosen product.
- Once it is built, fill with good gardening soil.
- Watch for a few days how much sun each area of the garden gets as that will determine what plants you can use.
- Now the fun part…it’s time to plant.
Well, actually there is one more step and that is to decide if you want a vegetable garden or flower garden. If you decide on a flower garden, perennials are the best choice as they come back year after year. You can visit your local garden center for plants or get them from friends, family or neighbours who want to clean out their garden. This is a thrifty way of getting started on your small space garden oasis.
Before planting, be sure to learn something about the plants. It is important to know how tall it gets, how much room it needs to spread, and whether it needs full sun or partial shade. The photo gallery page show some varieties with details.
For more help on designing, see my books page. Also check out my Garden Supplies page for essential (and non-essential but nice to have) items.