Small courtyard garden. Photo credit: UGArdener Flickr CC BY NC 2.0
Small urban space
Designing small spaces, whether in a residential or urban area, is not as hard as it may seem. A lot can fit into a small space if designed correctly.
Small, intimate spaces can be an ideal way to connect with nature or for a quiet getaway. A few important strategies can be used to get started on designing small spaces in the landscape.
First, decide how many outdoor spaces or 'rooms' need to be created. What size will they be ? What will their function be? It may be a single small space for outdoor dining or a small seating area for quiet contemplation.
Decide whether the space will be completely or partially enclosed as this will influence the degree of privacy. A small space can create a sheltered microclimate that may be warm enough for plants that might not thrive elsewhere in the garden. This can act as an oasis close to the house.
The most important factor to keep in mind while designing small spaces is to keep it simple. Use only about five to eight different plant species to keep the garden from appearing too chaotic.