Go FakeIf you like the look of grass but don’t have the time or the want to maintain it, why not go artificial? Save yourself the stress by heading down to your local DIY superstore and invest in some astroturf so you can replicate that evergreen, soft feel underfoot experience. Artificial grass has evolved over the last few years and now you can get some high-quality versions that look and feel exactly like real grass. As you can see below, you can use it to your advantage and create a clean space that you can lounge in, where it’s on your patio or your garden furniture.
Sit Down and RelaxCreate a chilled-out garden by splitting your garden into different outdoor living room areas. From your patio, you could create a seated arrangement centred with a fire pit, which leads to a garden space that encompasses a secondary seating area that you can sunbathe and lounge about in. You could cut away any trees or soiled areas to make room for the added seating, that way it removes the need to maintain anything other than the grass itself.
Box the Effort Up in a BorderIf you don’t mind a little bit of work, why not minimise the work by housing it all in one smaller area. If you contain all your plants in one small area, it will reduce the effort and make it easier to maintain. Create a raised border that is bursting full of foliage and flowers, and as it’s all in one place, it’ll be easy to water. By filling up space with beautiful flowers that compliment your outdoor furniture, you’ll discourage the growth of weeds, giving you one less annoying, tedious job to do!
Go Safe with ShrubsOften people want the green gardens as it provides people with that lovely, peaceful feeling – they just don’t want to have to do much to have them. A great way to get around this is by adding shrubs. A low maintenance feature, you’ll be able to enjoy the foliage whilst hardly having to do anything to them. To create the ultimate calming spot, you can surround your seating area with some white flowers and green, lush shrubbery to create that fresh, relaxing vibe. As a whole though, adding pots and containers that contain shrubs or trees are so much easier to care for than the usual bedding plants.
PlantsIn a small garden, you won’t have the luxury of creating different areas of plants that will peak at one particular time of year. Choose plants that are not seasonal and will look good almost all year round, and place them in baskets or shelved pots rather than in the ground, so that they will get more sun all year around.
Small LawnIn a smaller garden, a little lawn can be a nice feature and focal point, especially if it has a distinctive shape and is easy to maintain. Alternatively, you may choose to replace it with another permeable surface, such as gravel or decking.
ClimbersClimbers are a great feature in a small garden as they don’t take up very much space on the ground, but give a beautiful overall aesthetic with their foliage and flowers.
FurnitureSelecting outdoor furniture for your garden if it is smaller is tricky, as you want an area to sit and relax with it taking up the whole space. Here as Desser, we have outdoor furniture to gardens of all shapes and sizes. Here are but a few examples… Dakota You can mix and match sofa’s in our Dakota range to create your own custom Dakota Set – that will fit into your smaller garden space. With the option of a 3 seater and 2 seater sofa available, create your lounge set depending on the space you have.
This beautiful 2 seater from the Madison Outdoor Range is ideal for a smaller garden space, as it comes with a handy built-in side table.
The cute and quaint 5 piece set from the Boston Outdoor Range is perfect for the smaller outdoor party. Ideal to store away neatly in the corner of a patio or garden, the stools tuck away neatly under the tables providing easy storage.