How to Master Landscape Design for Small Spaces
If you don’t have a very large lawn area around your home, it doesn’t’ mean you can make it a grand space, no matter the size.
Your landscape design can be just as dramatic as one that takes up a lot of ground area in a large setting. You don’t have to settle for a boring landscape if you use some tips and tricks to get the “wow” factor in vertical plantings. There are five steps to plan your design and get the most out of it.
Analyze Your Area
Look at everything that exists in your area including your house walls, the property lines and the existing trees and land that is available to landscape.
Analyze the areas of your space to see if some areas are low and wet or flat, rolling, rocky or earthy. You don’t want to plant your landscape plants first, that is actually the last step to a beautiful lawn.
Plan the Flow
Determine the flow of the land. This is how you can move throughout your property to get from one area to another. You also need to plan where to enter and exit your space.
Determine if you need to overcome some obstacles such as large trees, rocks and standing water. Map out your driveway, deck or patio as well as existing walkways. Look at the orientation of your windows in your home. The best landscape designs are based on the movement from one area into another.
Layout the Spaces
A functional landscape provides different areas on your lawn. There can be areas defined for relaxation, play, resting and entertaining.
Every square foot in a compact space is important. Determine what you want to do in a narrow area and make sure it doesn’t feel cramped to move through that particular area. You can decide where you want your different areas in your space by the season to help you make a decision in placement. For example, will you go outside to a resting area in the winter or extreme summer heat?
Select Your Structural Materials
Think about your structural materials such as wall and patio materials and lawn furniture. You can select high-end materials for a small space because you don’t need as much as if you were designing a large space, making it affordable. Instead of using pavers for a walkway, you may decide to use beautiful granite. You may want a better grade of wood than pressure treated wood for a focal point. Choose one or two of these upgrades for your design.
Choose Your Landscape Plants
Plants and flowers are the items that really make your space. You can choose columnar plants that are narrow and grow tall. Vines work well on latticework to add pops of color with the blooms. Choose plants that give you more foliage and flowers with an interesting bark texture to liven up your area. Since the amount of plantings is limited for a compact area, choose plants that give you the most color and interest for the longest period of the year.
Inspiring Ideas for Vertical Plantings
Tin Can Planter Walls
This effect is easy to develop. You can attach some reclaimed wood to a fence in your lawn and then can some cans with screws in them to attach them to the wood. Varied shapes and sizes of tin plus plants give this area an interesting effect. To further your very casual area of flowers, place a few potted flowers on the ground nearby.
Wall of Greenery
The basic frame for a hand made vertical planter is a rectangle made of wood with sides that protrude about 2 to 4 inches. You then add Spanish moss to fill the frame and staple craft chicken wire on it around the edges. From there, you can add many varieties of moss and ferns or any other greenery you wish. You simply plant them through the holes in the wire. This type of vertical planter can attach to any wall outside or under a porch. This design is one that speaks of elegance on any wall.
Pouches for Planters
Pouches work well for planters when they are hung on a chain link fence. You simply hang thick cloth on the fence attaching it in horizontal rows through the fencing. Make it appear like individual pouches by attaching the ends and a few places in the center so it forms pouches. This idea looks best if you make several rows horizontally on the fence area. You then add potting soil and your plants to each pouch for a bright and beautiful area.
This idea also works well to attach your material as pouches under a porch or by your front door to welcome guests with a bright bounty of flowers.
PVC Freestanding Planters
This type of vertical planter is very inexpensive and quick to make. You simply drive a metal post into the ground and slip a length of PVC pipe over it. Then cut planting holes out with a drill and hole saw attachment. Push some weed block fabric down into the pipe and add your potting soil to the top of the pole. Then you simply cut the weed block fabric in each hole and plant your plants through the holes. An wide assortment of flowers in bright colors make the entire length of the pole come to life and it’s very easy to remove some after they quit blooming and replace them with other plants.
These ideas will help you to beautify your small space with lovely blooms and greenery all year long. Use your imagination when it comes to making frames for vertical plantings and incorporate any type of wood such as old window frames, or plastic planters made from milk jugs or soda bottles for a casual theme to your landscape design.