We recently went on holiday to York and stayed in a beautiful townhouse just outside the City Walls. The garden was very small but it showed how a small garden can still be cleverly designed to create a lush green space where you can relax. Here are a few tips on how to design a small courtyard garden.
As with all gardens, you will need somewhere to relax and enjoy the space around you. With a small garden it’s extra important that this space is well designed so that it’s not too small and you can’t fit furniture on it properly but equally not too big and taking over the whole space and not allowing room for anything else.
With limited horizontal space, make sure you use the vertical space in whatever way you can. Add climbers, a green wall, tall planting, hanging baskets, trellis. Just max out the space as much as you can.
Clever use of materials will make the garden feel harmonious and not too busy, allowing you to relax and enjoy the garden.
Mirrors are a great way to make a small garden look bigger and reflect light around a potentially darker space.
In a small space it can be easy to think you should just add a few small plants but it’s actually the opposite. Add large plants and lots of plants. The garden will immediately feel lovely and lush. Little tricks such as removing foliage from lower down the plant can create a strong look and help in a smaller space.
A great example of how even tiny gardens can be a wonderful oasis in the city.
With all the leaves changing colour and falling from the trees, we were inspired to make an autumn wreath for my bedroom door. It’s a great craft project for children of all ages (and mummies and daddies!) and it sure adds a lovely splash of colour to your home. Here’s what you need and how to make it. It’s super easy!
You will need:
1. Choose a pretty autumn leaf which will be your template. We chose a lovely maple leaf as it’s such a pretty shape.
2. Draw around the leaf on your coloured paper – lots of times!
3. Cut out your leaves. Be careful with the sharp scissors!
4. Draw the veins of the leaves on your cut outs so they look realistic!
5. Cut out your ring to the size you want – we used a dinner plate to make the size we wanted. A grown up might need to help with this as thick card can be tricky to cut.
6. Glue your paper leaves onto your ring so that they overlap each other.
7. Now it’s ready you just need to hang your wreath on your door!
You could use real leaves if you wished although they wouldn’t last as long.