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Tracey Cole

Tracey Cole

Landscaping Cape Town Landscaping

Big ideas for small gardens

If you have a garden that is fairly small, don’t despair! With some careful planning and the right sort of plants your garden can be made to look much larger, and become a gorgeous space to enjoy.

First, of course, consider the layout. Do you want a path between borders, to access a seating area? A winding path is much more interesting than straight, as it lets you meander through the borders and appreciate the plants. It also helps to give the appearance of a larger garden.
Remove the lower branches of any existing deciduous trees or shrubs to allow for planting daffodil and crocus bulbs, for flowers in Spring.


Strategically placed mirrors look amazing and increase the illusion of size as they reflect the plants around them, making the garden seem so much larger.

A lot of small containers on the patio can tend to look a bit cluttered. However, a few larger pots, preferably in similar materials, terracotta or ceramic, will look stylish and more attractive. These can be planted up with colourful plants or vegetables.

A small tree, if you don’t already have any, will immediately give height and make any small garden seem larger. A Lemon tree, Birch or Pompom tree are ideal.

Think big when planting perennials! Verbena bonariensis, Wild Iris, Foxgloves, Verbascums, and Strelitzias will really make a bold statement. Honeysuckle, Clematis and Jasmine scrambling over arches, walls and trellis will look fabulous. 

Plant varieties of flowers that encourage a lot of wildlife. Bees, butterflies and birds will really bring your garden to life. Try to plant seasonally so that you always have colour in the borders, even in the depths of Winter! Evergreens look good all year round!

Your garden may be small, but it can be simply stunning!

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We at village gardens have a knowledge of all of your local edible plants here in South Africa. We can happily plant up your garden with edibles of all varieties from Mediterranean herbs and local indigenous edibles. We are surrounded by such stunning hardy indigenous plants, let’s get back to nature and have our own garden of local goodness.

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