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Local Life - Leigh & District - May 2018

Leigh & District's FREE local lifestyle magazine.

38 Small really can be

38 Small really can be beautiful by Angie Barker So many of us have small gardens these days but any outside space is a wonderful addition to a home which is why we should make the most of every inch of space and make our gardens attractive, as well as practical, outdoor rooms. Small gardens need extra consideration however and here are a few pointers when thinking about the design of a small space: Decide what style you are going for and stick to that theme. So a contemporary garden, choose plants which will complete the look – Phormiums and Bamboos for example and go with straight lines. A courtyard garden should use Buxus sempervirens (Box) hedges and topiary. A more traditional style can use sweeping curves and circles. Don’t try to cram too much into a small space – less is more! Plants need to earn their keep so choose specimens which have long seasons of interest and a good balance of evergreens. Also limit your colour palette because too many colours in a small garden will make the borders appear cluttered If your garden is shady make the bold decision to remove the lawn as it will always struggle. There is a fantastic range of paving products available now and small cobble setts really suit a small space You should incorporate a focal point - a large pot (unplanted) can do the trick perfectly. Similarly a bird bath, sun dial or sculpture Use the walls and fences to grow climbers which will green up the space and make it feel larger There are lots of clever storage solutions available these days like benches with hinged seats and screening ideas to hide away those dreaded wheelie bins. And one of the best things about a small garden is that you can get close up and personal with your plants and really look at their beautiful detail. One of the best for May must be Dicentra spectabilis (Lamprocapnos spectabilis is the new name) or Bleeding Heart. There is a white form called ‘Alba’ which is simply stunning. Award Winner I’m always telling Hubby that the best things come in small packages – he is not very tall at 5 feet 8 inches – but what there is of him is perfectly designed ! Angie is a qualified award-winning garden designer who will plan your garden to your needs from start to finish, supplying reputable contractors and the ideal plants. Call Angie now for your free consultation! Angie Barker Dip GD (Inst GD) BA (Hons) Garden Design For All Seasons Tel: 01942 522 405 Mob: 07857 008 383 Award Winner www.angiebarker.co.uk

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