Many new homes are built on smaller blocks of land. Where one block once housed a smaller house with a larger garden thirty years ago, you’re now seeing bigger homes with drastically reduced garden spaces.

However, just because you have a small backyard (and/or front yard), it doesn’t mean it has to be any less beautiful.

Want to know 3 landscaping ideas for smaller gardens?

Read more from the Perth landscaping and irrigation team at LHP Landscaping + Joel Irrigation to find out.

Grow up when you can’t grow out


Just like a blank interior wall cries out for artwork, a blank wall or fence in your garden is no different.

When you’re seemingly cramped for space outside, you can consider growing up, instead of out (aka vertical, not horizontal landscaping).

Here are some great tips for your vertical free space:

  • Vertical gardens have been trendy for quite some time now, which means there’s plenty of products and DIY grow kits to choose from.
  • Garden art needs to be sturdy and weather resistant. Consider decorative screens, recycled metal art or mirrors that will enhance your outdoor area and cover up any unsightly walls.
  • Climbing plants – those with suckers have the capacity to damage rendered walls. Plants with tendrils will require the support of mesh, lattice or wires.

So, consider climbing plants on wires, your very own DIY or professionally installed vertical garden or putting up garden art to add a sense of style and beauty to your outdoor space.


Choose your greenery wisely


Root systems can grow very, very large which may be destructive to your home and take up far too much of your limited outdoor space. This is why you should consult with your Perth landscaper first about which plants will work and which ones are not recommended.

Let’s explore more below:

  • Adding a tree may seem like the last thing you should do in a small garden; however correct pruning will mitigate this. The height will draw the eyes vertically, too and your tree will give you extra privacy.
  • Want to attract birds and bees to your place? Ask your local Perth landscaper about the best plants to do so.
  • Different plants have different soil, light and water requirements, so sticking to a particular planting theme is advised.

The team at LHP Landscaping + Joel Irrigation have you covered.


Use vibrant and sensory elements


A final way to make the most out of your smaller Perth garden is adding vibrant, sensory elements.

What are some examples of these features?

  • Raised garden beds and ledges – opens up the space, create bonus seating and height.
  • Steppingstones – control the flow and direct people to the vibrant areas of your garden.
  • Water features – they can be the centre of attention and create a sense of calm.
  • Windchimes – brings both sound and artistic elements.
  • Careful tree selections – you can use a tree to be a focal point, or create shelter, cooling, shade, sound or movement. Perhaps all six benefits?

Talk to your Perth landscaper about the benefits of adding these elements, as well as their maintenance expectations.


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