5 tips for maximising small gardens

Make the most of your outdoor space whatever its size with these tips from garden designer Matt James

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Above: Grassdeck deck boards, made from artificial grass on treated whitewood spruce, (W)14x(L)210cm, £55 for a pack of five, B&Q

4. Alteratives to a lawn

Tiny garden? Bin the lawn and go for additional paving or cheaper gravel in sunny spots, and bark in shade. Quality artificial turf is also an option; you’ll cut maintenance time in half and, with no need for a mower, free up precious storage, too.

5. Use big accessories

Small pots, plants and paving units will make a small garden feel smaller. Think big, even if space is tight.

Featured image: Millstone replica antique paving, made from handmade reconstituted stone, £48 per m2, Stonemarket