High impact, low hassle
Dare I say it? The days are getting longer and the temperatures are getting warmer. It’s starting to feel a bit like Spring! After a cold and long winter, who wouldn’t want to spend some time out in the garden? But If you live in London like me, your tiny unkempt roof terrace or overgrown patch of weeds may not seem so appealing right now!
You would do something about it but you don’t have the time. And you hate weeding and it’ll be too expensive, right? Well, have you thought about using an urban garden designer? Not only will they get the job done for you (finally!), they can come up with all sorts of clever ways to keep the design impact high, but the budget low.
Let’s take a look at how some garden designers on Design for Me have helped homeowners transform their urban garden spaces on a budget…
An English Country Terrace
Sara-Jane, found a simple, low-cost way to transform this small urban roof terrace by adding some simple decking, bench seating and beautiful wild flowers.
I love how it brings in a bit of the English country garden vibe to the man-made urban backdrop.
Click on the image to see Sara-Jane’s Design for Me profile
A Meadow in the Sky
Short of floorspace but long for a large, luscious green garden? This designer has maximised every square inch by including a green roof and a green wall.
Click on the image to see Adam’s Design for Me profile
Why green walls are made for the urban garden
The same urban garden designer, Adam, has used a green wall to maximum effect here too.
Green walls allow you have masses of greenery and flowers while freeing up the floor space for sitting, relaxing and entertaining.
Why small gardens are awesome
I hope you’re now feeling a little more inspired – you can do a lot in a small space! And actually a small garden can be more of a blessing that you think. It should be a lot cheaper and quicker to transform your garden space to start with. The key, though is clever design, and using an urban garden designer can make a huge difference to the end result.
You will only need a small number of plants to make a dramatic effect in your garden. Every plant that you choose will have a specific purpose and effect on the rest of your garden. This saves you time and money when it comes to adding only a select few plants for your garden.
Typically, good gardeners familiarise themselves with every space and plant in their garden. In smaller gardens, it is easier to spot a plant that may be out of place or is not thriving and this allows the gardner to fix any problems.
Tips & tricks
A garden acts as an extension of your home, so your personal styles and tastes should be reflected there. Adding pops of colour to your garden can add personality, but remember to keep the colours limited. Less is more, especially in smaller gardens. Cooler colours like blue will make your garden appear larger than it really is, while giving it depth. If you wish to add more interest and variation, adding different textures will be just as effective, while not being too overwhelming. The various textures will blend all types of plants together to make your garden more cohesive.
Above is an urban garden design from Sara-Jane. Click on the image to see her full Design for Me profile.
How to find an urban garden designer?
The key to a successful garden design is good research and planning and it’s wise to get your designer involved as early as possible to help with this. Choosing the right urban garden designer for your requirements and budget is a critical first step, but we know that finding the right one can be a bit of a minefield. This is exactly why I set up this website in the first place! Register your project below and we’ll help you to find the right person for your project in no time…
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