Ta da! 5 small garden ideas – that are really easy to copy

These small garden ideas are quick, easy and can be adapted for the tiniest of spaces

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Looking for realistic small garden ideas? They are surprisingly tricky to come by with so many gardens you see on Instagram, Pinterest and in magazine being acres and  acres (okay maybe not acres, but they are bigger than most). But fear not we have you covered with these easy to copy small garden ideas...

We have rounded up five gorgeous looks that you can easily copy without spending very much money either! So keep on scrolling for all the small garden inspiration and head over to our gardens ideas feature for more.  

Oh obviously even if your garden isn't small you can still use these ideas to update your space. 

1. Try out container gardening 

Selection of plants in makeshift planters

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Container gardening is fab because you can create a gorgeous mini-garden no matter what size your plot. You can also basically use anything you have lying around the house or garden that will hold a plant making it a really cheap project too 

Recreate this eclectic, seemingly effortless container garden by grouping together plants in pots of different textures – stone, terracotta, tin. Layering up different materials will add depth and interest to your arrangement. 

Top tip: Want new terracotta pots to quickly get that aged, mossy, 'I've been in this garden for centuries' look? Lightly brush over your pots with some plain yoghurt and like nature do its thing. Sounds gross but works a treat. 

2. Expand your small garden with rustic mirrors 

Secluded courtyard garden

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We love this small garden idea. In fact, it's a trick that would work in any sized garden, balcony or patio. Hang a mirror on a wall and let plants grow around it, it will expand the space too by creating the illusion that the garden continues beyond the wall. You can pick up lovely second hand mirrors from Ebay and Etsy or just shop your own home and see what can be relocated to the garden. 

3. Get creative with outdoor paint 

Little Greene exterior paints

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Do you have a small garden with a side return or a separate seating area? You can make that space feel even more like a separate, zoned off part of your garden by painting the surrounding walls. Zoning the space will also a small garden feel bigger. You could obviously just add some colour by painting your back fence too!

This teal green (Mid-Azure Green by Little Green) is so dreamy and looks gorgeous with an outdoor rug and printed cushions. It's all very Mediterranean but you could definitely make it work in your garden too.  

For the best exterior paint head over to our buying guide. 

4. Add potted plants for privacy and greenery 

cottage garden

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If your small garden is literally just a paved or decked space as is therefore looking a little bare, add some privacy, texture and greenery – plus height – with plenty of potted plants. We have loads more patio ideas over in our gallery that can all be adapted for small gardens so be sure to check them out too. 

5. Building your own 'living wall'

Ikea gardening hacks

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If you aren't green fingered or just want some guaranteed all year round greenery this is a fab small garden idea – build a green wall just with fake flowers. This one has been made using a combination of artificial lilies, monstera leaves and Ikea's very handy faux plant wall panels

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