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5 Ways To Transform Your Small Outdoor Space On A Budget

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11.06.2021

Summer is here at long last, meaning it’s time to make the most of your outdoor space. For those with smaller gardens or balcony areas, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Do you add more plants? Or is less actually more?

Could livening up an old fence with a lick of paint give your yard a new lease of life? And if so, what colour should you opt for? What kind of plants should you opt for in a more confined space? So. Many. Questions.

Here, garden designers and landscapers share their tips for giving your small outdoor space a makeover without breaking the bank.

1. Keep it minimal

“Small gardens or balcony spaces might seem like difficult spaces to design on a budget, but one trick is to keep it simple and think big,” says garden designer Mark Lane, a presenter on BBC Morning Live and Gardeners’ World.

It might seem counter-intuitive, but he recommends introducing large-leafed plants and one or two large pots to make your outdoor space feel larger.

“Avoid lots of plants, keep to a handful at most,” he says. “Keep to a colour scheme for pots and furniture – painting your existing ones is a cheap way of getting the look. And think big: small designs make a space feel smaller, while large patterns and materials make it feel bigger.”

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