If you have a small garden, you might think that there isn't much you can do with it in terms of landscaping. However, with a little bit of creativity and some inspiration, you can transform even the tiniest of spaces into a beautiful outdoor area. One great way to do this is to maximise usable space by adding paving to your garden. Here are five paving ideas that are perfect for small gardens.
1. Use Small Pavers
If you have a small garden, you should consider using small pavers. These can be arranged in a variety of patterns to create a unique and interesting look. You can use them to create a path, a patio area, or to edge your flower beds. Small pavers come in a variety of materials such as concrete, clay brick, porcelain or natural stone, so you're sure to find something that matches your style.
2. Be Bold with Colours
Much like using a variety of sizes of paving stones, try using a range of different colours to brighten up your garden. Perhaps you would be daring enough to use completely contrasting colours, but if not using different tones and shades of the same colour also works well.
3. Use Stepping Stones
If you don't want to completely cover your garden in paving, consider using stepping stones instead. These can be placed strategically throughout your garden to create a path or to highlight certain features such as a fountain or a tree. Stepping stones come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be made from a variety of materials such as stone, concrete, or wood.
4. Don’t Swamp The Space
It is important that you don’t dwarf your small garden space with too big slabs and accessories. A space will look larger and more elegant when you use materials that suit its size. What’s more, smaller materials will be more versatile and easier to handle, meaning that you will be able to do much of the work without professional help, saving you money!
5. Create a Mosaic
In a small space, attention to detail counts. Add interest to a small garden with a mosaic. You can create a mosaic using a variety of materials such as glass, stone, or tiles or if you don't have the time to spend making your owen, then consider using patterned mosaic style porcelain paving. This can be a great way to add a pop of colour to your garden or to create a unique and interesting pattern. Mosaics can be used to create a patio area or to decorate a wall or fence and the extra detailing draws the eye to the feature rather than the boundaries of the garden.
6. Change the Perspective
Rather than just seeing a square garden, start with the outline as a black canvas. Consider using a series of squares or rectangle shapes within the outline but at a different angle or create a circular or curves shape that draws the eye to a special feature such as a large plant pot or a sculpture. Once you have the design, think about how you can use each pocket of the space that has become available. Some will be great for paving, other sections as planting beds or raised planters. Using different height features in each of the areas adds a new dimension to the space and makes the garden become intricate and visually appealing.
In conclusion, there are plenty of paving ideas that are perfect for small gardens. Whether you choose to use small pavers, create a checkerboard effect, use stepping stones, create a mosaic, or use gravel, there are plenty of options available to transform your outdoor space into a beautiful oasis. Just remember to choose materials and patterns that match your style and personality, and have fun with the process!
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