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Tips to Maximize Small Garden Spaces

Living in urban Atlanta has a lot to offer, but spacious outdoor areas are few and far between. After spending significant time in the city's ever-expanding concrete landscape, it's nice to escape from the claustrophobia with a private green oasis at home.

Here are some tips to help you transform your small green space into your own tiny paradise.

Break Up the Space

As strange as it sounds, breaking up a small backyard into smaller spaces actually helps. By creating defined, separate areas, the backyard now has various destinations that make the area feel larger.

The shape of the backyard will determine how you should go about breaking up the landscape. Create divides, which will stop the eye from going straight to the back of the property but still give you small glimpses of what is beyond. Don't try to create multiple "rooms" in the outdoor area if there simply isn't enough space for them to be usable.

Plant A Tree

Choosing a dwarf variety tree that grows 5 to 10 feet tall is ideal for larger pots. You can move, prune and re-pot as needed.

Embrace the Shade

Living it tight urban environments don't always allow us to control how much light our garden landscape receives. If your landscape is heavily shaded consider adding a stone patio over trying to grow grass. Plants like dwarf oakleaf hydrangeas and hostas are perfect for creating a lush landscape feel in a shady area.

Create Tiers

Adding height with a variety of planters, or if possible a retaining wall can draw the eye upwards creating more visual interest.

Add a Focal Point

Luxury backyard elements may seem like unlikely candidates to add to a tiny backyard, but if your design is uncluttered, these can serve as a focal point.

By drawing the eye to a unique water feature or fire pit, such a design fixes attention on that character piece instead of the size of the backyard.

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