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How to create your own patio garden in a small space

Published by Joanna Whitworth in Design, garden, patio

Spring has officially sprung and now is the perfect time to think about that outdoor space that is often neglected in the colder months..

In small gardens we often believe there are a lot less options when it comes to creating an inviting and interesting space. Granted, installing large water features or football pitch size expanses of grass aren't going to be an option, but there are still lots of ways you can give your tiny yard or garden that wow factor.  We've put together a list of some of the best ways to you can update your space.

Plants and flowers

Unless you have a lot of free time, it's best to keep patio gardens relatively low maintenance.  I would suggest choosing hardy plants that can survive in pots. Plant pots are great for small areas as they give you the option to move them around when you need the space.  Your local garden centre will be able to suggest the best hard wearing plants to suit.

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Creating a place to eat

One of the big pluses of an outdoor space is being able to take advantage of the nice weather (however short lived), and nothing quite says summer more than enjoying a meal with a cool drink in the evening sun. If you have a small yard, one of the best ways to create an eating area is to use bistro style furniture (which can be easily folded away when not in use).  The quaint style will help create that 'Parisian' look which suits small spaces.  

 

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Lighting

One of my favourite things to add to a garden to change the ambience is lighting.  Lighting is not only practical but it can help you get the most out of your outdoor space.  A few perfectly placed tea lights or some fairy lights will create a much more cosy and inviting space.

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Adding colour

One way to add your personality to your small garden space to add a splash of colour.  Typically in a garden this is done with a mix of flowers and plants, but this isn't always practical in more bijoux spaces.  Instead you could get creative with the colour of the walls, furniture, or plant pots like these below

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Although not all of these ideas will suit everyone's garden space, they are a simple start that will hopefully inspire you to become more creative when thinking about how to use the limited space in your outdoor area.

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Be Inspired by… The Secret Garden

The classic children's book by Frances Hodgson Burnett has been a source of inspiration to children (and gardeners!) since its publication in 1911. The motif of a secret, secluded and private garden, where people are transformed and made happier, is an appealing one. The garden itself could have been labelled an experiment in wilderness gardening; bulbs, wildflowers and trees rejuvenate with a small amount of (non-invasive) human interest. You may not have outdoor space that can be sculpted into a miniature garden of Eden, but you can create a private nook that is just for you.

The Indoor Garden

This is a phenomenon popularised by the space-conscious Japanese, which has been taken up by city bound dwellers who wish to go beyond the usual house plants and herbs, with climbing plants, indoor planters filled with earth and hedges or flowers and some even with water features. A conservatory is often the best place to start if you want to reference this trend, due to the natural light and warmth they are privy to. To get that authentic, 'Secret Garden' look, grow winding, wild pink roses around an indoor arbour.

The Cosy Sofa

 

Our attractive 'Secret Garden' loose covers feature the trailing flowers and wild beauty that characterised the novel so well, and are fully washable if you want to use them in your conservatory space with indoor garden. This romantic floral can be highlighted to stunning effect as part of a window seat reading nook, and can be matched with curtains in the same fabric.

The Garden Table

An essential ingredient in the romantic, Victorian style idyll is a lacework iron table, either a vintage piece or a good reproduction, to use as a repository for books and drinks. It will complement the fabric of your sofa and the lush roses climbing around your indoor arbour, and the pattern of the metal is distinctive without being obtrusive.

If you want to create your own secret garden, contact Plumbs today for a free, no obligation home visit, or else browse our vast selection of re-upholstery fabrics for a new look today!

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Be Inspired By… Monet's House

French Impressionist Claude Monet was one of the founders of impressionism. The limpid swirls that composed his work – as well as the strong, natural themes – have inspired countless designers, artists and poets throughout the world. His home, and the garden made famous by his Water Lilies series, provided much of the impetus for his work.

Kitchen

Monet's kitchen is a surprisingly beautiful place from which to draw inspiration – delicate blue and white tiles, probably inspired by Monet's love of the Orient; aqua and sunflower yellow paint; accented by polished brass pots, already a byword for chic in 2013. Note as well, the vintage light fittings, and the polished black and gold Aga.

Yellow & Blue

The romantic combination of pale yellow and dusky blue complements exquisitely tiled floors and neutral furnishings. There is an element of the riverboat in this room, with an almost concealed grandfather clock, discreetly overseeing the room, which showcases some of the artist's Japanese prints. Consider referencing this trend with rich golden curtains in our 'Francesca' fabric.

The Garden

Many say the garden is another room of the house, and for Monet this was certainly so. He lavished attention on it, resulting in a landscape of flowers, trees etc. This luxury Spring Blossom fabric evokes the gentle beauty of the artist's water gardens. The fabric, which is perfect for loose covers and features a soft ‘slub’ effect, can also be used in re-upholstery.

Take inspiration from these Monet inspired fabrics and contact Plumbs today for a free, no obligation home visit, or else browse our vast selection of upholstery fabrics for a new look today!

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Come and See Plumbs for yourself

Plumbs will be exhibiting at the following events. Why not come and visit us.

These are the first 3 exhibitions we are doing:

    • Sat 15 - Sun 16 March
        • The Ultimate Lifestyle Show
        • Venue - Cymru, The Promenade, Llandudno, L130 1BB, Tel:01492 872000
    • Sat 3 - Mon 5 May.(Bank Holiday weekend)
        • The Design Weekend Home and Garden Exhibition 10th Anniversary
        • Venue - Tatton Park, Cheshire, Exhibiting in the Home and Garden Room Stand HG31
    • Wed 11 - Sun 15 June
        • BBC Summer Festival (formerly BBC Good Homes Show)
        • Venue - NEC Arena, Birmingham,Exhibiting in Hall 6 Fifth Room Stand H4

 

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This year is going to be something special as the Ideal Home Show celebrates its 100 years of Innovation and Inspirational ideas for the home and garden. Here are just some of the things you'll see:

Kitchen Ideas - For the heart of the home, there will be a stunning range of inspirational ideas to feast your eyes upon. From traditional timbered kitchen furniture to cutting edge stainless steel cutlery, an enviable smorgasbord of kitchen and culinary delights. There is even a "Chef’s Kitchen Theatre" featuring cooking demonstrations from celebrity cooks.

Interior Ideas - Let your imagination run riot with the dazzling displays of interior designs and home furnishings. You will everything from the fun, the functional, the innovative and the opulent. Don’t forget to visit the home even the Joneses can’t keep up with – the ultimate Dream Home and Guest House.

Bathroom Ideas - Indulge yourself with the wonderful eclectic collection of bathroom and sanitary ware products. Then see how the other half bathes with celebrity bathrooms attraction developed in association with Madam Tussuad’s.

Garden Ideas - For the great outdoor living, a great selection of innovative and inspirational solutions. From furniture to patios, gadgets to gazebos, everything you need in the garden to make it look rosy.

Home Improvement - Love your home and add value, too, with thousands of inspiring ideas to DIY for. From loft conversions to ideas for reducing your carbon footprint, don’t jut look to improve, look to impress. Don’t miss out on the two show houses either, which take a sneaky glimpse into low-carbon high design future.

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