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Oct132008

Small Garden Design and Layout

The small garden design begins and ends with thoughtful, precise planning. However, small does not mean limited. A small garden design can still deliver striking results.

There are some challenges associated with having a small backyard or garden to work with. You may have a small lot in the Jacksonville Beaches or in one of the historic sides of town. Maybe you have some difficult angles to accommodate, or a septic system that prohibits planting or hardscape in that area. Or you have recently remodeled and added more interior space and reduced the size of your backyard, all of which affect the relationship to the existing landscape.

With small garden design, as with most landscape design, your goal may be to create spaces in which the home and architectural elements have a relationship with the yard and surrounding area. First, I like to step back and consider the big picture- look at some of the areas you may have thought of as being a negative and see if you can step outside the box for new uses of the area. We recently transformed a small area behind a garage into a nice quaint secret garden. Even smaller Jacksonville backyards can be looked at as a division of areas- in the same approach as larger landscapes. Write out your goal list, and then make a bubble plan to begin carving out the uses for those areas.

Decks, patios, pergolas, arbors and other hardscapes can be used to help define a small space, break it up or create interest. These choices, in effect, create other rooms. Your material selection adds further texture, thus making the space come alive. Water features such as a small splash pool or outdoor water fountains can be custom-made to fit into a small design. Water features create movement and pleasant sounds, both elements that heighten your enjoyment of a landscape. Landscape lighting can bring a small landscape alive at night. It is good to keep in mind that your landscape is enjoyed at night about half as much as it is enjoyed during daylight hours- even more so for those of us who work long hours. Extending the usable hours or your landscape with lighting is usually a very good investment.

The overall objective of any great landscape design, including small garden designs, is to create a space that harmonizes well with the home and has a relationship to its surroundings. It should reflect your style and visual desires.

Contact us, or feel free to send us questions if you need help or ideas with your small garden design and planning in the Jacksonville area.

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