Beautiful Garden Design Ideas For Small Backyards

From crafting fun DIY projects to decorating with your favourite plants, here are garden design ideas that will turn your small back garden into a comfortable and breathtaking space.

1.  Grow Your Very Own Green Wall

When you want to achieve a space-friendly garden design, putting together a vertical planter is the way to go. Start off by building a frame on the wall, and then place some fabric to hold the soil. Next, add fertiliser and you’re good to start planting. If you want low-maintenance work, try hanging potted plants with hooks and voila.

Having a vertical garden has its benefits like protecting your wall from bad weather and ultraviolet rays, increasing biodiversity as a bird and insect habitat, and improving air circulation leading to the prevention of diseases.

2. Get into Herbs, Fruits, and Vegetables

It’s a good idea to beautify your small space with different kinds of blooms and bushes. But if you want to make it multi-functional, grow herbs, fruits, and vegetables in pots to be placed atop or amongst outdoor furniture. If you have a window box, make it more practical and inviting by planting some produce in it too.

3. Add Cosy Furniture Pieces

Create the perfect space to relax or hang out by adding comfy outdoor furniture to your garden. These could be tables, chairs, hammocks, or benches. Select colours that will complement the plants and other elements. Top it off by adding any kind of decoration like garden gnomes, pink plastic flamingos, fluffy throw pillows, or even solar powered lamps.

4. Organise Plants in a Wooden Crate

If you love DIY projects, create your very own wooden crate boxes to grow your produce in. It’s up to you how wide or deep you want them to be. Make them look pretty with a coat of eco-friendly paint or garden-themed decal stickers. You can even hang them to optimise space more.

5. Opt for Pots for Flower Shrubs

Flowers like rose, lavender, and periwinkle sure make any garden look more inviting. No need to grow them from the ground as you can just plant them in a pot. Once they are full in bloom, place them anywhere you think they would look best.

6. Bring Out the Painter in You

To complete your small garden design, top it off with some fun DIY projects that the kids can enjoy too. Get out some poster paint, brushes, and other materials and have fun turning everyday items into eye-catching creations.  Paint in flowers, insects, or your favourite fruits and vegetables.

You can even purchase these fun pots off etsy or you can explore what local artists are doing around you.

If you want to make your garden look more playful, decorate with rocks that your children will have fun painting. How about making your plants look more enticing by placing them in mason jars? Old tea cups or ceramic bowls can work too.

There you go—6 ideas for when you’re designing a small back garden. You might not have a lot of options given the space you’re provided, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t be creative about it. So, don’t be put off when the home you’re buying has a narrow yard. We at iBuildNew will tell you that there’s already plenty that can be done with that.

Got a small block of land and feel restricted by the options you have when choosing a house design. Make sure that you use the filtering options on iBuildNew and compare options so that you don’t waste your time searching for the wrong size house. If you would rather have a chat to one of our expert consultants, give us a call on 1800 184 284 or book a call online.

Zoe Langenberg

Zoe is passionate about coffee and interior design. You can find her most weekends exploring an art gallery or devouring a good book.


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