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The layout is a little plot: secret tricks to expand the space

The layout is a little plot: secret tricks to expand the space

Often it so happens that our desires are outside possibilities. And then it turns out that the idea to create a small area of the house, the garden and a few outbuildings is faced with objective difficulties: for all his plans simply do not have enough space. In this case get a modest space to realize what it’s all about? Because the site was purchased to escape the city and be closer to nature. So even if only a little garden but will.

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The art of designing a mini garden is that the space is increasing, primarily in the imagination of the person who is in it. Not to small to do big, but to make the viewer the impression that there are a lot of places can and should be. This effect is achieved by different methods.

Equipped with a mini plot

If you look carefully, you will find that this idyll with a pond and a gazebo doesn’t take as much space as it seems

Won’t against a wall

You first need to work with what physically limits the area of the allocated space with a fence. Deaf and impenetrable fence creates a sense of isolation, turning a cozy patio in a box that’s closed with the lid. So it’s best to use a delicate fence or mesh-netting, decorating it with flowering climbing plants.

Transparent fence

As long as the plants do not grow, the fence will look too permeable, so some still prefer a solid fence

But sometimes, due to the proximity of adjacent structures, application of «transparent» the fence creates certain inconveniences. A possible solution in this case will be a fence with shutters. Space can be visually extended only when the owner of the site is the need or before that time, until the vines are covered with foliage.

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Amazing optical effect «dragonfly eyes» allows not only visually enlarge the space, but also to acquire a reputation as conflict-free neighbor

Even the presence of the neighbor’s garage wall which partially replaces the fence, will not be superfluous, if taken as a full participant in their play with optical effects. Attached to the wall of convex mirrors distort the reflection garden. Formed in them, the term is deeper than it really is. Such «strahinya eyes», placed on the wall color chocolate transform a small lawn in a fairly spacious lawn.

The secret of good garden paths

Science fiction writers love to use the curved space, when a small object outside the inside looks completely different. We will also try to bend space by using the curves of the garden paths. After all, if the trail winds, the trip will last longer. Running it seems that the path runs through the area is much larger.


The garden path, running off into the distance, draw the eye of the observer, expand the space of your mini garden, look a little mysterious

If there is, where space is clearly visible in the distance, to make a cross-track, and afford longitudinal twisting between the pots and shrubs, there will be the illusion of greater width of the site. If the track passes along a narrow strip of garden, the fence, in which it rests, to paint in her colors and to cover the upper part the hanging vines and flowers. It would seem that winding stitch straight boom goes somewhere in the sky.

Another path

Neat trail runs beyond our sight, a graceful arch, overgrown with abundant greenery, was here very helpful

Especially look fabulously paths leading «nowhere». If the path leads the sight in the dense foliage growing close to the fence, that deluded the eyesight of the observer will form his impression that, in the place whither he had fled the track continues and the garden itself.

Mirrored water surface

So walking was not possible to fix his attention to contemplation of the area as a single object, you need to offer him new experiences. The same principle applies to the magician, distracting making passes with his hands. Spectacular small details and their charm distracts from the fact that the territory on which it is located, is extremely small.


The two most popular for mini garden pond, a small fountain by the wall and the pond with bridge

A great diversion is a reflection. It has a mesmerizing effect. But in a small garden can be used as a reflective surface? Neat the surface of a small pond! Such pool does not occupy much space. It can even be a stream that runs along the side of the site. Another option is a pond on two levels with over it a bridge. Own reflection in the water always attracts attention.

If the site is small, it is better not to use flowing water. The noise of falling water can be too Intrusive. If all the same idea to make a fountain or waterfall you captured and not let go, choose a place somewhere near the fence, definitely having agreed its decision with its neighbors. After all, it is a constant sound of flowing water also must not annoy.

A tiny fountain

One of the three phenomena on which people can watch endlessly, is considered flowing water. This nook is designed in order to enjoy this spectacle of plenty

The size of the tree doesn’t matter

Even the smallest garden can not do without trees. If you like big trees, the plot size should not dictate life’s rules. You want to plant a big tree? So let it be! Just imagine what delightful coolness will give you a hot summer day his magnificent spreading crown. You can place the tree in the middle of the site, and recreation area plan right under it.

Big tree

Who said that all, without exception plants in a small area needs to be a dwarf? This misconception can be easily dispelled

If you use a circular layout, surrounded with greenery from all sides, even if it’s just a leafy fence, is born the impression of stay in the large garden. From garden center offers a great opportunity review: you can perfectly plan «minimized» the space around them.

Another big tree

That’s the second option, in which a large tree will be useful too. Relaxation area in the shade of its crown may be the most comfortable place in the whole garden

The techniques of vertical gardening

Of course, the one and only, though a large tree, the garden is greening. Turn it into a lush garden spot will help not only the correct choice of plants, but properly applied method of landing.

Especially important for a site of modest dimensions to vertical method of planting. To make the wall of greenery, in turn embark arches, outdoor grills, fences, pergolas, facades and fences gazebos. Screens and trellis are the most common decorative elements in the regeneration of the mini gardens. They are used both as independent elements and in combination with planters, flower beds and various garden accessories. They are used for distinguishing separate areas of the site.

Vertical gardening

Using vertical gardening, it is very important to choose plants for this purpose because hops, for example, is able to pervade the whole plot

As plants for vertical gardening will suit different varieties of wild grapes, decorative beans, hops, sweet pea, clematis. So all this wealth is liberally covered with greenery and flowers when planting need to consider many factors: condition of soil, amount of precipitation, shading, prevailing wind direction and other features inherent in your site.

By the way, as greens can be used not only garden, but to garden plants. Very interesting vertical gardens are created with plastic bottles. To avoid monotony in the perception, it is better to use different plants.

Bench in colors

Bench flowers is a popular design technique of expanding space, which has a lasting impression on the viewer, which is a bench to sit down

Put the fence an ordinary bench and pitch right over her high flowering archway, entwined with roses. If you now sit down on this bench, there is a complete sense of what’s around you stretches a large garden, in the depths of which you are. Techniques for creating wild and a bit of a running garden always effective in areas where space is limited.

The greenery around

The surrounding space of the garden the lush greens and mats create the illusion that all sides of your plot are surrounded by a real jungle

Planting is best done according to the cascade principle, when the little plants in the flower pots exhibited at the fore. The plant size increases gradually. High flowers, shrubs and stunted trees can be placed in pots or even barrels. By using the cascade design is easy to create the effect, when the observer’s sight slides up diagonally. A similar result can be achieved if you use vertical gardens.

Vases with flowers

Vases with flowers can not only create amazing compositions, but also to change them as often as the author wants

Why did we mention the pots? Because the placement of plants in them allows you to change the design of the site, just rearranging them for even one season in the way we currently want.

One unusual idea, which we rarely realize: you can find a wonderful place for picturesque gardening on the roof garden buildings. This method allows to simultaneously solve two problems. First, you create a new site for planting, and, secondly, provides excellent additional thermal insulation of the roof. Even in the heat inside the room will remain cool. Finally, it’s just beautiful!

The grass on the roof

This shed with grass on the roof looks beautiful. Of course, it is not every style will work, but not a bad idea

The design of the garden at different levels

It does not matter if the land is flat as a table, for small garden you can always equip a small podium or even a terrace. To the site on the slope of the terrace is the most successful design techniques. If the same plot is to be regarded as plane, and in zones located at different levels, the illusion of a larger garden will be present only in the second case.

Different levels of your garden

It seems that the garden in different levels, really accommodates more of any items becoming bigger

By the way, to create tiered Seating areas-both in height and in depth. It is not obligatory to peck the ground. It is sufficient to apply a 3D illusion using when paving areas for play areas a different shade. This technique will never go unnoticed.

Visual deepening

But it is generally a pure optical illusion that gives the viewer a complete sense of deepening in the center of the Playground

Another trick in the Arsenal of the magician

Bright handkerchiefs in the hands of the illusionist is also a part of the program. So do not forget about proportionate to the plot touches such as garden sculptures, dry creeks, lamps, bells, attractive garden furniture and other manifestation of creativity, which all love so much. Do not forget about the children – flowers of life, if you have them, of course.

Garden furniture

Openwork garden furniture in combination with lace flowers and elegance of the arch, which is located nearby and provides the feeling of airiness, do not clutter up the space

By the way, about the colors. Nuance selection of flowers for planting in small gardens is the rejection of the use of plants of the same variety. Choose a variety of flowers, when you look at who don’t want to pick between them the signs of the fence. If the use of one grade dictates the unity of the chosen style, choose a rhythmic planting of colourful flowers.

Rear patio

In this example I would like to show how the house could not compete with the garden, reducing its area, and to seamlessly merge into him and become part of it

If space for a lawn you don’t have enough, and especially shaded sites have an annoying bald spots, use the moss. It remains green even in late autumn and during the autumn leaf fall will help you deal with seasonal depression.

You only have to look around the area a critical eye. If there are more opportunities for the manifestation of our creative imagination? If the owners of even a tiny plot there is a desire to make it a truly magical place, they will be able to achieve this. Verify this by watching the video below.

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