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How to make a small garden look bigger – 12 beautiful ways to maximize space

How to make a small garden look bigger – 12 beautiful ways to maximize space

We all dream of owning large, luscious gardens, sprawling lawns with overflowing beautiful big borders, areas for dining, lounging, maybe even a pool… but the reality is if you live in an urban area you are going to be relatively limited when it comes to square footage. So wanting to make your small garden look bigger is something at the top of many homeowners lists, and there are some really simple design ideas that will help make the smallest of gardens feel instantly more spacious. 

From something as quick as propping up a mirror and growing plants around it, to reconfiguring your layout to trick the eye into thinking there is more space, let these small garden ideas inspire you to make more of your backyard.

1. Have a realistic plan for a small garden 

small garden ideas - urban patio garden with slatted wood fence, brick wall and stone floor

(Image credit: Paul Massey)

Before we get into all the lovely ways to make a small garden feel bigger, the best place to start with a realistic plan and a list of what you want your garden to include and be used for. Consider what elements are vital. Maybe you want to use your garden for outdoor entertaining so looking into patio ideas would be an essential, and you could forgo a lawn. Or if you are a keen gardener and want loads of space for plants, ditch the patio and opt for plenty of lovely border ideas or raised beds.