Here are our five garden design ideas to get you started planning your dream courtyard.
1. Use Colours and Repetition to Add Depth
When choosing colors, you want to pick ones that will add depth to the garden. You want to choose cool colors like blues and purples for the border because they blend into each other and create an illusion of a bigger space. Pick warm colors like orange, red and yellow to highlight the space.
Repeating certain colors will also tie the space together and have an impact on your yard. When choosing plants for a garden, make sure you choose ones that will fulfill their purpose in your space.
Yes, choose plants based on aesthetics. But consider what else space needs. Will you have time to look after high maintenance plants?
2. Use Levels to Create Cosy Alcoves
You may be thinking, I want my yard to look bigger, not smaller! There are plenty of ways to make a small yard or garden look bigger (some of them listed here) but this should not be your only goal when designing your small garden.
Think about the purposes you want your small yard to fulfil. Do you want the space to be comfortable as well as being full of greenery and colour? Creating terraced areas will allow you to have the best of both worlds.
You can use raised garden beds as individual spaces to take advantage of vertical space and bring your garden closer to eye level (more on that later). Spiral garden beds made using bricks are a functional and efficient way to utilize space.
3. Be Creative with Walkways
We’ve all heard about how stripes can hurt us or help us in fashion, but what about having them in the garden? Paving and installing decking diagonally will give the illusion of more space.
Using a diagonal path or an “S” curved path instead of a shorter, a straight walkway will elongate a path making the entire space feel bigger. Stepping stones can also be a good option for a smaller space.