A small landscape is often overlooked as being too small to really create a design that will be worth to labor and effort. However, this is simply not the case. Creating a design for a small garden can be an extremely rewarding and exciting journey, creating a functional and enjoyable outdoor setting, in even the smallest of outdoor spaces!
The key to creating a small garden landscape is being very detail-oriented. Small landscapes may include condominiums, small bungalows, a rooftop garden, or a tiny side yard. In each of these settings there is no room for sloppiness, and each part must be well thought out and carefully designed. Nothing can be neglected in these settings, because it will become an unpleasant focal point. A small garden can incorporate many different types of plants, and does not need to be limited in selection because of its size. The style can incorporate the design of a quaint country feel to a modern and contemporary style. Landscapers often will use dwarf species for smaller settings, allowing for the same plant types as larger settings, but highly scaled down. The idea is to emphasize the dimension of the space, making it seem larger than it really is.
There are many ways to design a small garden; one such design concept is to create multiple focal points. In a small setting there is not a large focal point, or some grand element. The solutions, therefore, is to create many small focal points. These objects should be able to withstand the outdoor weather, and will create unexpected surprises as they are discovered. Try not to use objects that are mass produced, but rather eclectic one of a kind items. Items like those created by Campania International are great options for statues or planters as they are often very one of a kind unique pieces. Focal points should not all be placed in the center, but instead, should be added around the area, creating the illusion like they have been there for years and years! In a small space it is about visual discovery, making the most out of the small space.
In a small landscape, the design needs to be done in inches instead of feet. In small settings, every detail is available and noticeable, so it is best to make the most out of each and every space. Maximize the space by making it all usable and detailed. It is important to think in inches over feet because the layout requires very precise planning. A few inches may be the deciding factor in whether to add a fire pit or a water feature. If you do not work in such precise layout, you can miss an opportunity to create the most use out of a particular space.
The next concept idea is to incorporate high quality materials, the space is small so indulge a little bit, it will certainly be worth it. The global economy allows for the import of exotic and unique products like glazed pots, striking statuary, and many kinds of flowers and plants. In a small setting, where you only a few impact items, the expense is much lower than trying to do this for a large landscape. You can create a truly magical setting by placing a few luxury items in the right places!When it comes to your flooring, make sure the paving materials are clean and match the interior floor as nicely as possible. In a small space you can also incorporate accent materials! Think of this as you would accent tiles in a bathroom! You can use colored glass tiles mixed with lighting to create a magical atmosphere for the evening!
A small landscape should not be overlooked. Simple design precisely, add elements of surprise, indulge is some exotic and exciting accents, and you can create an enchanting setting for your small space!
By: Susan Soler of the Garden-Fountains.com Team