Plan your space carefully
Small gardens need to be planned with as much, if not more, care than large ones, so take your time. Think about how you want to use your garden throughout the year; note where the sun falls during the day as this will dictate your seating and plant choices. What features do you want to keep – the stunning stone wall seen here is a major decorative feature in this design – and what do you need to add?
The compact garden office seen on the right of this picture injects a contemporary aspect but it is subtly done: it has been painted to blend with the stone, and the flat roof has been treated as part of the planting scheme, with a low-maintenance combination of stones and shallow bowls of phormiums, drawing the eye upwards and so helping to make the garden feel larger.
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