Reno ideas for small gardens


Marcus Lim, co-founder and CEO, an online marketplace where Aussies can find local service providers.

Spring is finally here and in anticipation of weekend BBQs and long evenings out in the yard, it’s the perfect time to update your outdoor living space. The front and backyard tend to get overlooked by homeowners and DIY renovators but with a little creativity, your small garden can transform into a playful, uncluttered and stately space for entertaining and relaxing.

We’ve collated a few inspiring outdoor landscaping ideas that you can consider and apply for your home this season. Don’t let the size of your garden hold you back:

  1. Seating Areas

Having a small garden is usually enough reason to opt for a flimsy table but rather than being cramped for space, dedicating an area to generous seating arrangements can actually give the impression of a spacious and larger garden. Be creative with the space you have by establishing timber benches along the walls, using mobile seats or creating an L-shaped bench that can hug the corner of your garden.


Image via Oneflare scrapbooks


Image via Oneflare Scrapbooks

  1. Vertical Gardens

If you’re pressed for space, go vertical and utilise the wall instead of the floor space. Vertical gardens that cover the ceiling, fences or walls still achieve the lush serenity of plants and greenery without compromising coveted floor space.


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  1. Decorations & Focal Points

Instead of cluttering your floor space with an array of ceramic pot plants or other objects, create a focal point in your garden. Anything from mosaic panels decorated on the walls to a feature pot in your cement garden can add vibrancy.


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Also, adding a spot of colour is also a good idea to bring more life and light into your smaller area. Consider hanging lights or installations that use the overhead space.

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Image via Oneflare Scrapbooks.

This small garden has added character with simple hanging lights and a centrepiece.

Hopefully this guide will give you a few ideas about what you can do to your small garden, to make it an enjoyable spring and summer hangout space.


About Author

Marcus Lim is the CEO and co-founder of, Australia’s fastest growing marketplace for booking local service professionals. Customers post jobs they need done, in over 200 service categories, and local businesses bid for the work. Marcus enjoys writing about the local services industry and sharing his top ideas and tips for home improvement and renovations.

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