Space Saving Small Garden Ideas

Gardening in London can be a daunting prospect – with space at a premium it is imperative that you find creative ways to make the most of your plot in the city. The green fingered crew at HOMYZE has come up with our top 6 ways you can utilise every square foot of your garden, for maximum enjoyment this summer.

Potted plants

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Vintage Concrete Faux Bois Round Planter from France available at 1stdibs.com

Adding potted plants to a paved patio area can be a very quick and effective way to add some life to your outdoor space. We love the eclectic selection of outdoor planters available at 1stdibs – which are truly unique, one off pieces.

Hanging baskets

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Ella Metal Macrame Hanging Planter by Urban Outfitters

It is well worth checking your outdoor area for hanging basket opportunities. Using doorways and overhead beams to suspend your favourite plants in a variety of interesting containers can maximise your usable planting space. Check out Urban Outfitters’ Ella Metal Macrame Hanging Planter – a sleek take on the classic hanging basket.

Raised beds

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Raised plant beds. Photo courtesy of Pinterest

Adding raised beds can add a new lease of life to your outdoor space. Get yourself some salvaged railway sleepers that can be bought from reclamation yards for £20 each and simply stack them to form pleasing rectangular planting beds. These can be planted up annually with wildflower seeds to add some serious drama to your planting scheme or alternatively can be used to grow your own fruit and veg in a limited space.

Window boxes

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Window box. Photo courtesy of Pinterest

Have a window with an ample ledge? Invest in simple terracotta window boxes and plant with bright annuals such as Cosmo or to brighten up your house, without the need for a paint job. Window boxes are one the best space saving small garden ideas. 

Ladder planter

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Wide Shelf Ladder by Garden Trading Aldsworth, available at John Lewis

Not just limited to bathrooms and hallways, you may have noticed the trend for ladder shelving permeating to the garden. These often inexpensive ladder shelves, meant for small potted plants can be found from most good DIY and garden outlets. We love the Wide Shelf Ladder by Garden Trading Aldsworth, available at John Lewis.

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Living wall by EasiWall Pro

Finally, not to be overlooked is making use of any wall space of your outside area. A simple and easy way to add some interest to your wall is to use climbers such as clematis, jasmine or honeysuckle which will remain green most of the year and produce heavily scented flowers during the summer months. Alternatively, consider an uber trendy living wall design. EasiWall Pro sells fantastic, simple starter kits including the irrigation system, substrate, and membrane, as well as giving expert advice on what plants would do best in your position.

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