CREATE A TOWN GARDEN AND
With careful planting and design, you can transform even the
tiniest of town plots into a delightful garden.
In gardening, small really is beautiful! Limited space means
that you can garden as intensively as you like without devoting
hours of your leisure time to such chores as weeding.
Even if you plan to garden on a tight budget, the small
dimensions will allow you to develop the most attractive
planting schemes without breaking the bank. Every plant you
select can be of the very best - because you will need so few -
and if you take care with your design, you will be amazed at
what superb results you can achieve.
Even if the plot runs to no more than a few square metres it will
still have potential for a charming and stylish garden.
- Planning the work
Even though the dimensions are small, incorporate an open,
preferably paved, area where seating or dining furniture is
installed. Avoid overcrowding this area with too much
garden furniture, but be ready to furnish it with plenty of
attractive plants in containers.
Create an illusion of space
Blind arches, screens which suggest more behind - even
when there isn't - a vista with an object at its end and criss-
Make your garden look larger
By adjusting perspective you can make your lawn or paved
area wider at the front than at the back. This will have the
effect of pushing the horizon further away. Accentuate this
distortion by placing tall plants or objects on either side,
running down to shorter ones at the centre.
Include a secret garden
If there's room, make your garden harbour exciting secrets:
a little arbour, concealed behind a screen; a tiny half
concealed pool; an old statue lost among the foliage.
Think of the scale
Your design can be as grand as you like, but remember to
scale everything down to the size of your garden. Large
trees or huge containers may not be practicable, but one or