Friday, 26 January 2018

4 Ways To Make The Most of a Small Garden this Spring/Summer

Now that Christmas is firmly out of the way and we're almost into February, there's only one thing on my mind: Spring. And then summer. The days are slowly beginning to get longer and lighter and the countdown to having fun in the sun is officially on. The seasons of barbecues, paddling pools and late summer evenings in the garden will soon be upon us and, to lift us out of those January blues, it's a good idea to start thinking ahead. Garden parties and staycations are going to be popular this year, so make sure that your garden is ready for some sun.

If you have a small garden, do not fear. There are loads of things that you can do to best utilise your space - meaning that you, too, can enjoy your spring and summer in the garden. Follow these steps to make the most of your small garden this spring and summer.

1. Fairy Lights

Hang some fairy lights over the top of your fence or along the top of a hedge - or, better yet, hang and drape them across your garden like the picture above to create an atmospheric and shimmery outdoor ceiling. This will capture people's attention and encourage them to look up, drawing their eyes upwards and creating the illusion that your garden is a bit bigger. This also adds atmosphere and makes the garden seem cosy rather than small.

2. Pop-up Gazebo

A pop-up gazebo can be a great way to utilise the space in your garden. If you live in the UK, you can expect some (or a lot of) rain during the summer months - and this is when having a pop-up gazebo can come in handy. Just because it's raining or overcast doesn't mean you have to go indoors. They are quick and easy to put up and collapse, and not only do they act as shelters from the rain; they can also act as excellent protectors from the sun. They are perfect for protecting buffets and foods from the heat - and once you're done, just collapse it and put it away and enjoy the rest of the space in your garden!

3. Foldable Furniture 

Having a small garden shouldn't stop you from dining outside or enjoying a glass of wine or two in the outdoors! Invest in some foldable furniture to ensure that you can enjoy your small space comfortably. Pick a lightweight set of table and chairs that are easy to pick up and put away - and then your garden can double up on it's duties: by day, a sunbathing spot; by night, a dining area.

4. Small Storage Shed 

Getting a small storage space is a great way to utilise space. You can store all of your foldable/pop-up items in there and it keeps the garden looking neat and tidy. Things like watering cans and plant feeders can also be stored away, meaning that your small space is de-cluttered and has a more open, spacious feel. And when the sun does decide to peek his head through the clouds and you want to enjoy a drink or two outside, all your outdoor items are right at your finger tips!

All of the items mentioned above (lights, pop-up gazebos, foldable furniture and small storage sheds) can be found at Garden Camping for reasonable prices.

How do you make the most of your garden space?

- In collaboration with Garden Camping. 


  1. I do like the idea of putting up fairy lights. They really do make a garden look so much better

  2. We have fairy lights in our garden! They really give it a magical feel and during the summer it was gorgeous to watch them glow as the sun went down. Can't wait for the winter to end!

  3. I love the idea of having a garden full of fairy lights, they will look so pretty on Summer nights. This year I want to re-do our gardens (we have three huge ones...not good for someone who hates gardening!) So I definitely want to use some of your tips here in my renovations.

  4. We have fairy lights in the house. I think it would be nice in the garden but it rains so much here. We had a garden cupboard for a while. When we moved my wife turned it into a chicken coop!

  5. Love this post! I am so excited to get back out into the garden again. I've actually already bought some solar fairy lights and I was given some solar lanterns for christmas! I'd love a little shed though as we currently have no storage whatsoever!

  6. We have a lovely big garden and every year I dream of fairy lights and a gazebo but it hasn't happened yet!! Kaz x

  7. We have a HUGE garden, my problem is not ways to use the space but rather the upkeep! I love doing garden work though, very therapeutic for me.

  8. I think a small garden can be just as magical as a larger area, it really is about how you use the space. I love the idea of fairy lights in the garden, I did have some in our lilac tree but the winter wind has done something rather nasty to them and they have stopped working. (really must remember to bring them in for Winter).


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