7 Ways to Make a Small Garden Seem Bigger

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Let’s look at how to make your small garden look bigger.

The colour green is quite more powerful than you think. It is associated with busting stress, increasing calmness, and provoking positivity.

We really have to thank nature for providing us with such a myriad of ways to boost our wellbeing

Just looking at the beautiful trees, lush green grass, and fragrant flowers is enough to elevate our mood and relax our minds.

In today’s article, we will help you explore 7 easy yet effective steps to make your small garden appear bigger.

These steps are quick, unique, and budget-friendly. So, let’s get started.

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7 Easy Steps To Make Your Small Garden Appear Bigger

1. Place Mirrors

The first step to creating the illusion of a bigger garden is to add a big mirror on its surrounding walls. Why?

A giant-sized mirror makes a space look bigger and broader. Because a mirror creates depth illusion of depth it tricks our minds into believing that area is wider – it’s an optical illusion.

Our senses perceive the bounced reflection on the mirror as added space in the room.

Now, the question arises: How can one add a mirror into a small garden? It’s actually quite simple.

Find a wall, and place a big-sized mirror on it. The more surface are you can cover, the better.

Why not use long mirror panels and place them on a single wall. Your garden will automatically appear wide and spacious.

To make things more sophisticated, place the mirror on the adjacent wall. It would give a beautiful reflection of plants, and the garden will look bigger and better.


2. Hanging Plants

Your garden is not limited to the ground. The walls around your garden can be put to good use to create the illusion of a larger space.

Often the pots and planters take a lot of space on the ground. They limit the area and make the garden’s space appear smaller and sometimes cluttered.

The best way to clear off some ground space is to shift some plants to the wall.

There are many ideas that you can use for this purpose. For example, you can create a vertical rack and hang the plants in plastic bottles or macramé hangers.

Or simply attach some metal hooks into the wall and hang small pots.

Also, don’t forget about the wall’s colour. The lighter the wall’s shade, the better for your garden’s appearance and the illusion of a larger area.

Avoid using dark or warm shades as it narrows the garden’s look. Play with neutral colours to give a spacious look to your garden.

While we are on the subject of colours, let’s not forget about keeping a simple colour scheme in the garden. Keeping a streamlined design and colour palette will help your garden look bigger.


3. Small Garden Colour Schemes

Using too many colours or textures in your garden creates a cluttered look.

This, in turn, can make the garden feel smaller. So, try to limit the colours you use in your garden. We find the best rule is to stick to one or at most two colours, but no more than that.

For example, refrain from painting your walls, fences, and pathways in different colours. We are big fans of choosing colours of a natural palette which work seamlessly with plants and trees.

Having one colour in your garden will draw attention to your plants and pots. Using brighter and neon shades will divert the focus from plants to your walls. And don’t just focus on the walls.

Try to keep your colour of your plant pots similar too. Having multicoloured pots in the garden can create a cluttered look and distract from the simplicity of a minimal scheme

Similarly, you can adopt this approach for your small garden plants too. Keep the colour palette simple, use just one or two colours and make sure they are complementary. Colours opposite each other on the colour wheel will add ‘noise’ to your scheme clutter up your space.


4. Opt For Sleek And Neutral Colour Furniture

Adding bulky and broad outdoor furniture will occupy more space in any garden.

It will also draw all your attention towards it, making the garden appear smaller. If you want to add a garden house or furniture to your garden, make sure to select something minimal.

Try to avoid darker hues like brown, orange, or black. Instead, select the colours that blend with the garden. For instance, if your garden walls are painted pastel blue, adopt the same scheme in your chairs, tables, or stools.

Plus don’t forget about the design. Opt for sleek, minimally designed space-saving garden furniture.


5. Small Garden Lighting

During the daytime, the sun will give ample light to your garden and bring out the beauty of your plants. But, once the sun goes down, your beautiful garden will benefit from some artificial light.

The best way to enhance the beauty of your garden is to add outdoor lights. Use them to highlight specific areas of your garden and add elegance and drama. And of course you’ll ensure safety moving through the garden at night.

A well-lit garden is a perfect venue for evening gatherings or romantic dinners. Hence, add warm lights in your garden to make it appear spacious, welcoming, and grand at night time.

6. Add Shelves

Do you have a lot of small pots and limited space in your garden?

It’s a definite problem in garden especially if you love gardening. Why not accommodate all your plant babies in your garden on shelves?

All you have to do is use some DIY, and you’re good to go. Collect some scrap wood pieces and build a shelf with multiple levels to showcase your small plants.

You can also buy a readymade shelf for this purpose. But make sure that the shelf is sturdy to hold the weights of all the plants.


7. Think Tall and Big

This is a very simple yet effective tip to make your garden appear bigger.

One of our favourite tricks is to invest in large plant pots and tall planters to give the illusion of a bigger garden.

This may sound counter intuitive but, there’s a reason behind it. Keeping many small pots will occupy more space and create a cluttered look but a few tall and big plant pots will lessen the cluttered effect.

This, in turn, creates a neater and more spacious feel for your petite garden.

Remember to place you big-sized pots on the sideways, boundaries, or near the walls to make your garden look bigger. Add a few outdoor lights or fairy lights, and voila! You have a big Pinterest-inspired garden.

We hope these steps will help you elevate your small garden’s look and help it to feel and look bigger.

Do you have any other tricks up your sleeve for designing your small garden? Please share it in the comments below. We would love to hear from you.



Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an award winning digital publisher and has been creating interiors and home decor content for over 10 years.
She has an insatiable love of home interiors, has worked with hundreds of brands, and currently supports many bloggers within the creative industries to share their expertise through writing.
She spends most of her time in her little garden office pod, has 2 daughters and 2 (fighting) cats.

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  1. Margaret
    February 3, 2022 / 2:08 pm

    Mirrors in the garden are a danger to birds, who see a clear space and try to fly through it. The bigger the mirror, the more dangerous.

    • Viviana Siveroni
      May 6, 2022 / 9:37 pm

      Good point! Thankd

  2. Gude at Synsera Homes
    February 8, 2022 / 12:49 pm

    Great tips! I love the look of a big mirror in the garden, but do you have to clean it all the time?

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