If your property suffers from a lack of green-space, or if you simply want to make your yard and garden seem larger, there are some tricks and techniques that can help you achieve this. Talk with home improvement retailers and landscape maintenance professionals about specific problem areas or issues, and to determine the best plants for your climate.
Some ways to make your green-space seem larger include the following suggestions:
Outdoor garden rooms.
Creating garden rooms in your landscaping may give your property the feeling of more space and better flow. Use shrubs, plants, and yard art to mimic walls and barriers between the rooms, and distinct areas of your property. Use climbing plants and vines behind narrow garden beds to add depth visually, and also to optimize the space that is available.
Pockets of plants.
Instead of trying to plant one large, impressive garden feature, go with small pockets of plants and flowers all around your property. This gives the impression of a larger space, and will allow you more versatility in terms of what you plant. Also, add pavers to create stepping stones and use them to make a path that meanders throughout your green-space.
If you live in an apartment or have a super-small yard, try container gardening. You can grow pretty much anything in a pot that you would in the ground, keeping in mind the depth of your container and the roots of the plant. For example, lettuce and herbs work great in a shallow pot, while carrots and parsnips require a much deeper container.
When spreading out isn't an option, why not spread up? Vertical gardening makes sense both to accommodate small properties, and to optimize the sun that your plants receive. Use a fence, trellis, or roll of chicken-wire to create the foundation, and hang bags, baskets, and peat moss to hold the soil.
Distinctive details and accents.
When a space is small, the details are even more noticeable. Remember this when designing and styling your outdoor space. Go with cool yard art, vintage fixtures, and unique furnishings to create a distinctive outdoor living space that you will be proud to show off.
If you are dissatisfied with your current yard and garden, but feel that it is too small to bother with, think again. These spots can be enhanced and landscaped to appear larger and more intriguing, which could result in your family spending more time outside. Talk with landscaping professionals about the best approach to create the yard and garden that you have always wanted.