IF you’re lucky enough to have a garden, no matter how small, you might want to know how to maximize space.
However, it can be difficult to know what to do, which is where expert horticulturist Alan Titchmarsh steps in.
He previously tackled exactly this topic on Love Your Garden, where he gave some surprising advice. According to Alan, clutter is exactly what you need in a small space, as getting rid of it can actually make it look tidier.
He explains: “When the curtain at the theater is pulled up, you see the background and you see the wings on the side which makes you think it’s much nicer because it interrupts the view.
“That’s how they give you depth on stage, the same trick – the illusion – you can use in the garden.
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He showed off a small garden and explained that leaving it untidy would be problematic as that immediately showed its actual size…small.
“If we take the sides of the garden in a little bit, and then the outside and then the farther part, you have to look around everything to see the bottom,” he said.
“We create the illusion of depth and the illusion of breadth and suddenly you have a much more interesting and engaging stage garden.”
Among the star tips is to use raised planting beds on either side of the walkway.
The chunky wood is also brought out with a handy dual purpose of creating space and also a seat to enjoy the space.
Alan explains that to create their ‘oasis in the city’, the team had to ‘green’ the outskirts of the garden.
A great way to do this is to use climbing plants that will grow upwards like jasmine, which also add a pleasant fragrance.
As an added bonus, they don’t take up precious floor space at all as they can grow flat against the walls.
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