The sun is shining, which means long afternoons reading in the garden and snoozing in the afternoon heat. If your outdoor space is on the smaller side, don’t be shy about putting it to work. These 16 tiny gardens provide all the inspiration you need to transform your bijou terrace or balcony into the perfect space for sunbathing or al fresco lunches. Just add friends, and plenty of Apérol spritz.
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in English Yellow with Gloss Lacquer, from £5.95. anniesloan.com
If the tropical paradise holiday has to wait this year, bring some colourful plumage to your garden instead. A fresh lick of a fruit-punch shade on garden furniture is just the thing to brighten up your summer.
Neptune Boscombe 75 Round Table, £405. neptune.com
Delicate furniture is the instant shortcut to give any garden on the smaller side a touch of provencal charm. Add bushels of lavender, a glass of rosé, and pretend you’re overlooking sun-drenched french vineyards (floppy sunhat optional).
Gaze Burvill Court Low Oval Table. gazeburvill.com
Updating your garden doesn’t have to cost the earth: Gaze Burvill make beautiful fine garden furniture, committing to sustainability throughout the process. The Court Low Oval table is just the right size for al fresco snacks and sharing plates on the patio.
Raj Tent Club Jardiniere, £400. rajtentclub.com
Trends come and go, but a vintage jardiniere never goes out of style. Decorate this one with colourful enamel jugs, froths of flowers and piles of pretty ceramics.
Screen with Envy, from £85. screenwithenvy.co.uk
Á la this courtyard space in London: make use of walls and surfaces to create intrigue and focal points. Clever use of these painted screens creates a feature wall and eye-drawing statement. And it comes in handy as an Instagram backdrop for aperitivos, too.
John Lewis Chevron garden furniture, from £799. johnlewis.com
Think apricot walls got left in the 70s? Think again. This 2020 iteration infuses a petite space with Morroccon-style chic – enhanced by glass lanterns and contemporary furniture. Just peachy.
Farrow & Ball
A verdant haven can still be conjured in a relatively small outdoor space. Farrow & Ball’s bright teal paint ties together the shades of different blooms in this garden, bringing a splash of colour to even the rainiest day.
John Lewis Dante two seat set, £459. johnlewis.com
It’s tempting to stay minimal if your outdoor space is small: but a layering of plants, pots, metals and textures here proves you don’t need to rein in all the fun. Try making use of ladders, wall features, and creeping plants to make the most of your pint-sized idyll. And you can never go wrong with classic rattan furniture.
Cole & Son Triana wallpaper. cole-and-son.com
Tiles don’t just have to be for the bathroom, as Cole & Son’s Seville Triana paper proves. For a small indoor/outdoor space (like a conservatory or garden room) this is the perfect answer to colourful walls.
East London Parasol Company Stevie parasol, £399. eastlondonparasols.com
Going all out Boho? To create your very own Glastonbury vibe within the confines of a town house garden: vintage furniture and a beautiful parasol is the way forward. Hand painted in silver ink and made from pale pink twill, this one from the East London Parasol Company is a true investment piece.
John Lewis Marble effect garden bar with two stools. johnlewis.com
A cobalt-blue statement wall creates a Mediterranean feel in this compact terrace, while being practical for British weather. John Lewis’ marble-effect garden bar adds a modern contrast: with contemporary bar stools and a handy cutting board for cocktail preparation.
Gaze Burvill May Thrones. gazeburvill.com
Long evenings wiled away under the stars here would feel just like a scene from a storybook. Gaze Burvill’s regal May Throne chairs sit perfectly in these rose-filled surroundings, taking up just enough room to perch a drink without overwhelming this bijou terrace.
Haddonstone garden accessories, POA. Haddonstone.com
A foolproof way to update a small garden is with fine quality stone: be it a sundial, water feature or elegant urn. For the créme-de-la-créme of stone designs, specialists Haddonstone create beautiful landscape pieces for formal and informal gardens. Whether you’re embellishing a gravelled courtyard or crumbling wall, one of the pieces from their range of accessories is sure to deliver show-stopping decadence.
Raj Tent Club Palm Springs gold metal day bed, £1,400. rajtentclub.com
One piece of statement furniture makes all the difference in a postage-stamp garden. If you feel like splashing out on a luxury investment, a day bed is ideal for sunbathing, reading, and naps in the garden. With a durable gold powder coating and a striped awning: we’ll happily nod off on this one from the Raj Tent Club.
Ligne Roset Ottoman outdoor furniture, from £1,879. ligne-roset.com
Modern and minimal; Ligne Roset’s outdoor furniture enhances the structured lines and geometry of this city terrace. Scattered pot plants soften the overall effect, while colour blocking and a mix of textures creates dimension.
Belgravia courtyard. mylandscapes.co.uk
As biophilia (the idea that humans have an innate tendency to seek out a connection to nature) has exploded as a design trend: living walls have become the most in-demand garden feature of 2020. This clever design was created for a home in Belgravia. With contemporary panels spilling greenery, it creates a strong sense of connection to nature in the heart of London.
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