Ideas for designing a small town garden

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Whatever its size, having a small town garden is a dream that can come true with careful attention to a few design details and lots of greenery.

Everyone who lives in town has always dreamed of having a small private garden next to their home, a space where they can relax and recharge their batteries after a long, stressful working day. Large spaces are not necessary; even a small rectangular garden can be transformed into an oasis of relaxation and enjoyment.

 

What kind of garden to choose

A great deal of thought must be put into the choice of functions for inclusion in the space available. Do you want a garden for relaxation and home gardening? Or a garden where you can dine with your family and friends? Do you prefer a wellbeing oasis with pool or hot tub? For every function the spaces, the paving, the vertical walls and the areas of shade must be designed with care.

What is needed in a small rectangular garden

If you wish to make optimal use of a small outdoor area in town, the best advice is to think about how to subdivide the spaces. The right paving will identify the various functional zones – dining, kitchen and relaxation area – which can be alternated or combined with areas of greenery and shade. The paving can also create delightful paths through green areas.

The boundaries of your small town garden can be defined with low-maintenance, tough vertical screens – such as hedges and trees – to protect your privacy and provide cool, natural shade, or you may decide to make use of the garden’s perimeter walls, with climbing plant systems, or bookcases and shelving to optimise the space available.

For open air cooking, it is a good idea to allocate a specific area to the barbecue or outdoor kitchen, separate from the rest of the garden, to keep fumes or excess heat away from the other functional areas. Easy-clean anti-slip surfaces are ideal for zones where food residues may accidentally be dropped or spilt.

For full enjoyment of a small town garden, areas of shade with pergolas and sun umbrellas help to provide the essential features for relaxation. Zones should be carefully proportioned to ensure balance between the various parts.