SO YOU'VE been scrolling through endless websites showing vegie patches and cobbled paths and rose bushes and water features, only to think: "How on earth would any of this work in my tiny garden?"
But just because a backyard is a little "spatially challenged" doesn't mean it can't benefit from some simple landscaping know-how.
Here are our top tips:
1. Break up the space
Try adding in a little timber decking, a small boxed herb or flower garden, a mix of tile and soil, or strategically placed furniture.
Visually separating the garden into sections is a great way to get the backyard feeling busy but not crowded.
2. Create a little privacy
If sitting in your yard means eavesdropping on your neighbours' every word, why not try lining the space with a few low-maintenance, mid-height pot plants to create a sense of seclusion.
3. Invest in a focal point
A well-placed plant, water feature or artwork can draw the eye and distract the mind from the tight dimensions of the area.
4. Don't be too ambitious with furniture
Plonking a full-size outdoor dining table in a small backyard will make it seem tonnes cosier - and not in a good way. Smaller wrought-iron or plastic furniture are better bets for outdoors.
5. Don't mix colour
Trying to squeeze in too many hues (both natural and in furniture or flooring) can make your backyard seem a little hectic.
Keep it toned down by matching base colours to your interior scheme.
6. Don't give up on those dreams
Sure, you'll never be squeezing in an infinity pool and matching spa.
But you can always find ways to incorporate aspects of your ideal garden into a humbler space.
A tabletop fountain can stand in for the cool, relaxing trickle of a decorative pond, and a string of fairylights can imitate the elegant ambience of tiki torches.
Too big a job for you to do?
NEED a landscaper? Here's what to do:
- Explain it once
- No ring-around. Say what you need done, on servicecentral.com.au or on 1300 557 917.
- They contact you
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- You pick the best
- Use quotes, feedback and online profiles to select the right provider for you. And leave your own feedback.
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Top 5 most useful garden features
TRY these great ways to give your backyard a lift.
1. Retractable clothesline: Save money on power bills without taking up space (or threatening you with decapitation) when it's not in use.
2. Compost bin: Cheap and environmentally friendly - get smells out of your house and save money on fertiliser.
3. Herb garden: Easy to establish and maintain, and a great boost to health and everyday culinary inspiration.
4. Solar lamps: Harness solar energy to light up wireless LED lights which switch on automatically at dusk.
5. Garden furniture: Find or build products which will have a long life span when exposed to the weather.
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