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Making the most of a small garden

By Andrew Bell

Outdoor space is a major coup for anyone buying Surfers Paradise property and the good news is that it doesn't matter how small the area is – you can always make the most of it. While some homes benefit from a large front and rear garden, this isn't always the case. Small gardens can be just as enticing, providing of course that you know how to make the best use of the area.

Here are some of the ways you can enjoy your outdoor space, regardless of just how little room it has to offer.

Hang your planters

Having a large number of plant pots scattered around the place can soon start to take up precious room, which is why you should make use of whatever wall space you might have. Whether it's the side of your property or perhaps a garden fence, there are endless opportunities for bringing plants into your small garden.

Some will hook over the top of the fence, while others might require you to get the screwdriver out. Whichever option you choose, make sure there's sufficient drainage and that the water released from the container won't cause any lasting damage.

Keep things in proportion

You should treat your garden in the same way as the inside of your property. You wouldn't buy a sofa that is way too big for your living room, so why would you do the same outdoors?

Choose seating and other furniture that fits well into the space you have. Instead of opting for a table with four chairs – which might make the area seem cramped – why not choose one with two seats instead?

Ask yourself what works best and make your purchases accordingly. After all, you can always add to what you already have if you think it's necessary!

Make use of mirrors

Another interior design tip that can work just as well outdoors as it does indoors is using mirrors to create the illusion of space. These are particularly effective if you have a long, narrow garden, as a mirrored surface will make it feel as though it extends further than it actually does.

Use the same principle with your planters. If you chose a reflective surface, then this will bounce light around the garden and make it appear more spacious than a solid colour.

Make everything count

When you're limited on space, every last thing you put into your garden needs to play a part. This means choosing plants that won't get too big and deciding on features that will add to the area, rather than take anything away from it.

If you're not exactly green fingered, then speak to someone who is about the sorts of plants that would work well at your Surfers Paradise property. They'll be able to offer advice on which varieties will stay small and not require too much maintenance throughout the year.

Likewise, textures are important as they can help add interest to your garden. It's not just about colour, but creating intrigue in whatever way you can.

Keep on top of weeding

Speaking of maintenance, it's important to keep up with your weeding if you have a small garden. Large weeds can soon start to dominate and will be much more obvious than if they were in a much bigger space.

This is especially important during the winter months when you might not be doing as much gardening. Putting down some weed suppressant will help, but you'll need to pull out any others that start to spring up.

If you're hoping to buy a property with outdoor space, large or small, then speak to the team at Ray White Surfers Paradise.

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