It’s been found that the traditional back garden is now three per cent smaller than it was 30 years ago
In fact, it's predicted that by 2020, over 10 per cent of Britain’s homes will have no gardens whatsoever, even though they increase a property's value and were voted the fourth most popular item on a buyer's wish list.
If you find yourself dealing with a small garden, there’s no need to despair. Rex Nyo, owner of NYEs Building Supplies, is explaining what you can do to maximise your space…
Start off by thinking about adding garden shelving - it's a clever way to keep pots off the ground, and gives your borders both height and volume. A good free standing addition, it also works when fixed to walls or fences.
There are a variety of styles, finishes and materials you can pick from here, including both metal and wood. The tiered lean-to ladder shelves are both good options that don't need maintenance. This is a particularly good option if you don't feel like drilling holes or messing with fixings.
2. Clutter free approach
A garden that is covered in weeds and looks unloved really isn't the best of places for spending a fun-filled summer. A smaller area, if it's poorly maintained, can quickly look cluttered and out of control, so it's important to set aside the time each year to give it some attention. Spring is subsequently the perfect time to tackle a tidy up and presents the opportunity to enjoy a garden as summer approaches.
3. Outdoor mirrors
If you want to create the illusion of additional space, using a mirror could be the way to go. Achieve the maximum impact, by picking a minimalist, contemporary panel. Fix it onto a horizontal back border wall, as it helps you to increase the light and tricks the eye into believing the garden is significantly bigger than it is. The only thing to remember is to ensure you pick one that's suitable for the garden.
4. Box approach
If you only have limited ground space, add some additional colour and texture to your area by using a variety of hanging baskets and window box arrangements.
If you're a keen cook, try hanging herbs to give you your very own mini kitchen garden - not only will this look good, but it will also smell amazing too! Potential options include mint, rosemary, thyme, lavender and sage.
5. Bold colours
You don't need to solely rely on plants and shrubs to bring colour into your garden - instead, why not add some statement furniture? It's a great way to enhance any outdoor area. Pick some simple-to-store and easy to move pieces in some bright colours - how about a bold orange or pink? Then add some waterproof cushions for additional comfort, and you’re good to go!