Simple garden ideas to spruce up your outdoor space

Wondering how to decorate your garden? These simple tricks will help you create the perfect outdoor space

If you have a little garden you want to highlight, these simple tricks can help create a sense of space and depth.

Use dappled light to create depth

Skillful management of light and shade can greatly increase the sense of variety and interest in a small garden, helping it tell a story and creating a sense of depth and mystery.

Create contrasts between light and shadow

A sunny area visible from a shaded area gives depth and offers the appeal of warmth and light, similarly to a clearing or clearing in a wood. You can accentuate the contrast between light and shade by using a pale plant as a focal point in the sunny spot: silvery or variegated foliage will reflect maximum light.

Use dappled shade to bring the countryside to town

Aerial foliage, for example, on a pergola or a deciduous tree suggests Woodland, with its seasonal variety. The type of shade it gives is ideal for small gardens.

“There will be a kind of shimmering green shade that is especially nice on hot summer days”

There will be plenty of light and sun in the winter and spring before the leaves appear, followed by a shimmering green hue which is particularly pleasant on hot summer days.

Add sparkle with a water feature

Use the reflective properties of water to add cool, bright reflections. A water feature planned and sited with this in mind makes the best kind of focal point and can transform a small shady spot.

Open up more lines of sight with a mirror

A strategically positioned mirror can appear to add space and light to a garden and can make areas of a narrow garden appear wider. Experiment with different positions to find the one that works best, and make sure the edges of the mirror are hidden by framing or planting.

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You can play tricks on perspective with paths and plants

In a small garden, the paths should be quiet, give the impression of a larger space. Long, straight paths suggest hurrying to a destination, especially if their components are laid lengthwise.

Use paths to add depth

Soft curves tend to slow progress in a small space and make it seem bigger, but you should avoid too much unnecessary movement or everyone will take shortcuts. Another way to slow down a pathvisually, should include wide strips of bricks, flagstones or wooden sleepers laid transversely to the direction of travel.

“Soft curves tend to slow progress in a small space and make it appear larger”

A path that narrows slightly away from you will seem longer. This is easier to achieve with paths of loose material such as gravel or chipped bark than when it comes to paving slabs.

Play perspective tricks with plants

Another way to exaggerate perspective to create views that appear longer than they actually are is to have large plants or objects in the foreground, with smaller but similar objects farther away.

white lilies

Use white accents to bring in more light

Small gardens, especially in cities, are often hemmed in by buildings and tall fences that can block light from reaching the ground, especially in winter when the sun is low. Choosing plants and other features that will bring in light can make all the difference.

Paint the walls white to bounce the light

Introducing pale colors is a quick and easy way to dispel the gloom in a shady garden. Spruce up plastered walls with a fresh coat of whitewash to reflect more light, and also paint the doors and window frames of the house if they need to.

Wooden structures such as pergolas, gates and arches can also be transformed very quickly with the help of easy to apply garden. paints for unplanned wood. Here too, white or cream will add a brightening touch.

Introduce warmth with hard landscaping

When choosing surfacing materials, avoid dull gray or khaki cobblestones or slate chips, which can look quite depressing, especially when wet. Instead, opt for a warm, pale honey-colored stone effect for the paved areas.

Add light highlights with plants

Avoid creating a mass of dull, dark foliage in a small shady garden. Plants with white variegation in their leaves work well if used in moderation among other plants. White flowers also show off beautifully, and a white-themed planting can look cool and sophisticated in low-light conditions.

“Golden foliage creates the welcome illusion of sunshine on a dull day”

Pots of white lilies (lilium regale are the purest white) will also add an intoxicating scent. Golden foliage creates the welcome illusion of sunshine on a dull day, but avoid placing plants with golden leaves in very deep shade as they will turn green if there isn’t enough light.

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