A small garden can be different. It is generally accepted that a small area near a house planted with trees is the very garden. Not everything is so simple: it can be broken right in the apartment or on the veranda at several levels.
Do not be upset about the size of the garden, a small one is less expensive, it is easier to take care of it, and it looks no worse than large expensive landscaping. Even a tiny space can accommodate a large number of trees, bushes and flowers. And if you land them correctly, you can visually expand the territory.
How to organize?
Working on the design of a small garden is more interesting than designing a large plot. The fruits of their labor can be seen immediately, without waiting for years when the trees grow. And most importantly, it’s nice to do it yourself. It is only necessary to take into account some features of the miniature space.
A small garden can get lost in the background of a large house. To prevent this from happening, it is distinguished by raising the soil.
A small, well-designed embankment around the house reduces the importance of the building and allows the garden to attract attention.
When designing, remember that objects must be comparable to the size of the plot. Do not clutter it with large-scale structures. Paths, swings, benches, terraces are built with the preference for light materials. As a decor, it is better to use hedges and shrubs. Deaf fences must be abandoned, this will cause a feeling of isolation.
It is good to apply the techniques of a wild and neglected garden in a small area. It is the methods, and not the real riot of weed.
The abundance of empty spaces looks bad in small areas, but oversaturation is unacceptable, everything should be planted and built harmoniously.
When choosing vegetation for a garden, one should take into account its growth, therefore it is preferable to plant undersized trees and small shrubs. Creepers do not take up much space; they master the vertical space well, mask walls and fences. Winter-hardy plants should be selected, then it will not come to plant voids after winter.
In the center of the plot it is better to place a fresh green lawn, surrounding it with a plant array. If you plant conifers (juniper, yew), they will make the garden attractive even in winter. Shrubs need to be diluted with flower beds with bright colors.
At the entrance to the house, you can also break flower beds. If you make them of different sizes, they will visually create volume. You should take into account the seasonality of plants, they must bloom from early spring to late autumn, replacing each other.
Smooth lines, such as winding paths, help expand the space. The same problem is solved by flower compositions scattered between trees and buildings. If you direct the paths into the bushes, you can create the effect of infinity of space.
The garden will be well decorated with decorative elements in the form of streams, a small pond, a waterfall or figurines of fairy-tale characters. On arbors, walls of houses you can hang flowerpots with flowers, arrange compositions of stone and wood, any irregularities and randomness will create additional volume.
It is better to plant large, light flowers near the walls of the house and in remote areas, this visually pushes the boundaries of the site.
Which style is preferred depends on the taste of the host.
- Regular style loves everything in order. The lines along which flowerbeds are broken should be symmetrical, the paths straight, all forms of beds - geometrically correct and correlated with the size of the plot. The lawn and bushes are neatly trimmed.
- Natural style gives greater scope for imagination. Everything here can be jagged and streamlined. No straight lines and clear geometry. You can beat the natural relief and create different thematic zones.
- Japanese-style mini-garden. His principle is big in small. Miniature trees that look like centuries-old giants are planted in a tiny space, a small pond that mimics the sea is surrounded by rock stones. In such a garden, figures of pagodas, bridges and Japanese lanterns are appropriate. Perennial evergreens are selected because the Japanese garden symbolizes eternity.
You should take care of the recreation area. In the small garden, the small terrace looks good; it can be used for al fresco dining. The composition of the garden needs to be built so that, sitting on the terrace, all the surrounding space is pleasing to the eye.
It’s good to design a relaxation area in the form of a small courtyard. A table with a bench and a small swing will do. Nearby is a pond with a bridge or a waterfall. It is in such a place that integrity with nature is felt.
The small garden lacks horizontal surfaces. The solution is simple - you need to master the vertical. Compositions of stone - alpine slides will help direct the garden up. They are better placed in the far corner so that you can appreciate the overall picture of the garden.
For vertical compositions, multi-stage flower beds, flower beds from tires, plants on whatnots are suitable. Filled with green arches, fences, garden grills, walls of arbors.
Well climb climbing plants: wild grapes, ivy, hops, clematis.
When planting them, one should take into account the condition of the soil, shading, and other factors.
Using a curly rose, you can decorate the arch above the bench in the recreation area, and, continuing the theme, arrange finished compositions with roses in containers.
In small areas it is good to use plants in flowerpots. Various multi-tier compositions are compiled from them, which can always be changed if desired. Vases with flowers are well hung on the walls of the house, under the ceiling of the veranda, on the terrace. In such pots pansies, begonia, petunia, fuchsia, purslane feel good. You can also use garden plants by planting various varieties of lettuce, sorrel or even strawberries.
Trees in the garden can correspond to the taste of the owner, but it is worth considering that, planting coniferous vegetation, the garden will look alive in the cold season. This does not mean that in the garden there is only a place for conifers. You can plant beautiful flowering trees.
Neat, fragile, with a lush, juicy crown, the trees are suitable for any small area. But lovers of large trees should not change their preferences. You can put such a tree right in the center of the site and build the entire landscape design, starting from this beautiful giant. The recreation area located near the trunk will be covered with a dense shadow even on the hottest day. With such a powerful accent, the entire small garden looks respectful. Resting in the shade, you can admire the circular layout of the entire garden.
When creating paths, you can use any material, both ultramodern and natural (stones, sand, tree cuts). But for a small site, how these paths are located in the garden is of great importance. The winding paths bend the space and look longer, the journey along them is longer, which makes the garden seem larger.
Where the site is clearly visible, you should make transverse paths, and let the longitudinal ones loop between the flower beds and flowerpots, creating the illusion of a large space. Mysterious look paths that go nowhere. For this effect, they should be sent to thick greens.
In order for a tiny garden that walks along crooked paths to not be able to fix it in its entirety, it is necessary to think over distracting moments. Any water surface copes well with this task. It captivates, fascinates, it is always nice to see your reflection in it. Such a pond will take up little space, and its benefits are tangible.
You can think of a small pond in two levels, divided by a bridge, or a mini-waterfall. As for the near-water territory, it is better to sow it with water-loving vegetation, lay out small pebbles (with large stones the pond will seem even smaller).
So, with the help of small tricks, it is possible in the imagination of a person to make a small territory large and important, on which you can walk for a long time and watch a lot, each time discovering something new. This is the art of designing a mini-garden.
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