It is a common misconception believing that garden design is reserved solely to professionals for large parks and gardens and mostly for public areas or wealthy proprietors. Nothing could be further from the truth, because it is in small spaces that a wise, creative hand is needed most.
A single error can compromise everything in a small garden while it can easily go unnoticed in a large parks or at least be much less detrimental.
It is, therefore, in a small space that we need to be able to use all the
tricks and tools of the trade to ensure that the garden appears larger
than it really is, always keeping in mind that it’s not the objective size of the garden that is important but how it is perceived. It is for this reason that it is important to use colors, shapes and a garden plan.
Never use warm colors in a small space because they tend to make the space seem even smaller while whites will make the space look larger. One should never use linear geometric shapes such as straight hedges to delimit the garden because this will give us an immediate sense of
space. We should, on the other hand, use curved and flowing lines that tend to make the property boundaries less evident and, therefore, the
actual size of the garden. This forces you to overcome the first preconception. We are afraid to give more space to the borders at the expense of the lawn and for this reason we prefer straight hedges leaving more lawn surface. Instead we should understand that it’s better to have a smaller more pleasant lawn to enjoy because it is surrounded by a
beautiful plant setting which will hide the true size of the space rather than a larger lawn, framed by a hedge that unmistakably outlines an anonymous, small garden.