How to build a small urban garden?

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Garden, patio or yard single, urban gardens have many faces. They have in common a small surface and a sometimes oppressive environment. The small urban garden is however a precious space which can also have a lot of charm. How to highlight the assets of your small city ​​garden and erase the defects? How to manage your development to make it a real living space? Follow the advice of landscapers who have the art and the way to play the constraints!

The small urban garden in all its states!

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The urban garden or city garden is a rare space. Rare, because its main characteristic is indeed its small surface . Rare also because precious for those lucky enough to have one! Unfortunately, this space is, as a rule, difficult to exploit because often surrounded by buildings or closed walls.

The small urban garden is, in most cases, a space wedged between terraced houses. It is thus common for the grounds to be long and narrow , in one piece or divided into two parts, one at the front and the other at the rear of the dwelling. It can also be a courtyard or a patio , spaces a priori ungrateful for lack of light or absence of land.

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All these small outdoor spaces, however, have undeniable assets. The small urban garden is indeed a great opening on the outside , it’s a bit like a breath of fresh air in the heart of the city. In addition, it often enjoys a protected environment suitable for growing plants and making it a usable space practically in any season.

To make a success of its development and to take full advantage of it, it is enough to follow some principles.

A small urban garden with perspectives

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In a small urban garden it is important to give the impression that it is bigger than it really is. How to do ? We must create perspectives ! That means giving more depth to your small outdoor space by clearing the diagonal. In a square or rectangular garden , this axis represents the greatest length. Materialize it by an alley that is not encumbered by bulky plants (planted rather on the outskirts of the garden!) And place a decorative object or a remarkable plant subject in focus. The massifs, distributed on both sides of this axis, will frame the perspective thus created. The layout of the driveway can be as straight as sinuous depending on the style of your garden.

A small urban garden at the level

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To give an impression of space, another method is to create levels in your small urban garden. If relief exists, exploit it! Just a few steps to define an area with a view of the entire garden .

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If the ground is flat, consider creating an indented area by digging about thirty centimeters. The space thus delimited will not be immediately available to the eye. It’s a secret and intimate place to discover. Such variations in levels make the garden seem more spacious simply because it takes longer to discover!

A small urban garden where division reigns

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Artificially creating compartments inside a small urban garden is also a good way to create a feeling of space. It’s about dividing rather than partitioning.

For this, prefer the low hedges and the trellises that let pass the look. The goal is to compose a garden with varied decorations that can not be discovered at first glance. The division of the space can also be temporary in the case of a dining area for example. Bins planted and equipped with wheels are very practical because they are easy to move as needed.

A small animated urban garden

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Enriching the decor of accessories , pots and furniture can brighten a small city garden. To avoid cluttering the space, they must be carefully chosen and stay in proportion with the area of ​​the garden. The same goes for plants knowing that in this case, their volume can be controlled through size. It’s all about balance when it comes to creating animations in a small urban garden!

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And why not stage water? If the creation of a small pond, a path or a wall of water is not possible, a simple tray filled with water with a pump submerged (to create movement) is enough to animate the space !

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To successfully develop your small urban garden , start by imagining the garden of your dreams. Throw your ideas on paper and try to organize the space theoretically. It will then be much easier to practice by keeping in mind these few principles! (Learn more with the 5 keys to succeed a small harmonious garden )

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