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Planning for Small Garden Spaces

Posted by San Diego Landscaper on Wednesday, 29 July , 2015

Though large lawns and extensive landscaping is highly desirable, many homeowners, especially those in urban settings, find they have very little yard space to work with. While some may see this is a negative, some landscaping designers say that a small plot can be a huge asset, requiring more creativity and often providing a more interesting and easier to maintain space.

According to one designer, “I think such spaces work especially well when you play up their coziness so they feel like outdoor rooms.” The key to this achieving this cozy feeling is planning. Seeking the help of a professional, even with a small space, can save you a lot of time, money, and stress down the road. For those working on a budget, it also allows them to phase in the work, rather than tackling all projects at once, as well as avoiding costly mistakes.

Plant For A Small Garden

When planning the types of plants you wish to include in your garden, it is important to consider how they will present in the space. According to one designer, “Plants that bloom for a few days and then just stand there and do nothing for the rest of the year won’t do…Every plant, shrub and tree has to earn its place.” Because the space is so limited in small gardens, it is important to choose which plants to include carefully.

Consider the sequence of your plants. For example, consider trees and shrubs as the “architectural backbone of the yard.” Trees often flower in the spring and provide shade in the summer, while shrubs provide a neutral backdrop for colorful flowers. Evergreen plants also provide color all year round, even in winter.

When working with small spaces, it is important to create illusions of depth to make the space feel bigger. One way to do that is to use pathways and lighting. You can also include special items like bird baths or fountains to keep the eye moving. Hardscaping, like pathways and patios, should be the first priority when phasing in your garden landscaping. These hardscapes provide an anchor and outline of the garden, which can then be filled in with plants.

Seeking Professional Landscaping Help

When undertaking a landscaping project, whether it is a large yard or small urban space, it is important to seek the help of professional landscapers, like those at Juniper Landscape Company in San Diego. With extensive experience aiding homeowners with their landscaping projects, from the initial planning to installation and maintenance, JCMS is there for you. Call today for an initial consultation and begin bringing your garden to life.

Juniper Landscape Company is a provider of professional landscaping services in San Diego, we strive to make San Diego a beautiful place by doing business with integrity and creativity.


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