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If you have a compact garden, include one or more of these clever space-enhancing ideas
In a small garden, it’s important not to see everything at once and to give the illusion that there’s more around the corner. This is where curving paths come in. Even if they don’t lead anywhere, they encourage visitors to slow down and enjoy the journey. Design: Aileen Joubert, The Rain Forest Company.
Use features like arches and pergolas to draw the eye upwards. They also give you extra planting space. You can also trick the eye by combining a series of arches, starting with a bigger one in front and a smaller one at the end, which gives the impression of depth. Design: Malcolm Sinclair.
The best circles
Repetition of shapes establishes continuity in garden design. In particular, circular shapes counteract straight lines and visually open up boundaries. Soften the edges with plantings. Design: Craig de Necker, The Friendly Plant.
Make a splash
Noise from traffic and neighbours is often a problem in small urban gardens. The sound of water, whether from a big or small feature, helps to muff le this considerably. Water features also add movement and ref lections, giving a tiny garden an extra dimension. Design: Jan Blok.
Break it up
Detract from looming walls by introducing different levels. Here, a raised bed is followed by a container on another level, creating a change in pace and slowing down the eye. Design: Karen Gardelli.
One way to instantly double the size of your garden is to mount a mirror on the boundary wall or side of the house so that it ref lects the garden. However, make sure that what it’s ref lecting is attractive and that it doesn’t beam sunlight onto a flammable surface. Enhance the illusion by placing containers in front of it or planting just below it. Design: Karen Gardelli.
A clever space-enlarging idea is to build in outdoor seating. This frees up space in patio areas and the change in heights adds interest. Plus, it minimises the effect of high boundary walls. Design: Craig de Necker, The Friendly Plant.
SOURCES Jan Blok janblok.co.za Craig de Necker082 805 0910 Karen Gardelli 082 745 2891 Aileen Joubert 082 903 9393 Malcolm Sinclair 083 674 8713