Designing Gardens for Small Spaces

Designing on an angle tricks the eye into thinking the space is larger by creating an illusion, while setting your area around straight lines is seen immediately by the eye.

A small garden is seen as much larger when set-up diagonally because the hypotenuse is the longest distance between opposite corners. A diagonal design will draw attention and intrigue. In addition to these benefits, you will also have much more space for plants!

Here are a few great less-expensive ideas on how to slant your garden without having to rebuild your small outdoor space!

• The floor – gouge a plain old concrete slab by using a saw cutter to create a decorative diamond pattern, or overlay the cement with tiles.

Slant everything – slant every element in your small space to the angle or direction in which you choose to slant your design too. Walkways, structures, and flower beds.

• Square things up – use square and rectangular planters to outline seating areas. This will further emphasize your slant work.

• Go up – plant taller shrubs to make the eye look upwards. This will also help to create some seclusion by forming a ‘green wall.’

• Use stripes – get a rug with a striping effect and then place it on a 45 degree angle. Align your furniture on the same slant to maximize the effect.

• Deep space or corners – lighten up or draw attention to deep corners by incorporating a focal point such as a fountain, or large trellis covered with plants.

• Heat things up – use a fire pit to create some night- time glow and to go along with your slant appeal.

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