The best buys for your tiny garden (that will actually fit)
We all know space in London is a premium, especially when it comes to the outdoors. For many of us having access to a garden is something of a distant dream, along with those fantasies of living in zone 1 and owning your own property. If you’re one of the lucky ones with access to your own slice of inner-city greenery you’d be a fool not to make the most of it (we’re only minorly bitter, promise…).
Even if your garden's more “kitchen herb garden” than Eden Project in terms of size, that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy the great outdoors. In fact, minimal space simply means less maintenance and more room for creativity, so having a small garden shouldn’t be seen as a drawback. With a few clever buys, you can easily transform your miniature plot of land (be it lush lawn or cosy balcony) into an al fresco paradise.
Read on for our pick of garden accessories to add to your shopping list.
1. Outdoor shelving unit
Limited floor space? Use walls instead! A shelving unit gives the perfect perching spot for smaller potted plants, adding greenery even when actual grass is limited. Load yours up with trailing plants like ivy or string of pearls for extra aesthetic points.
2. Hanging plants
...and when your walls get too covered, use the ceiling! If you have any form of canopy/ pergola/ random pipework in your garden, use the height to add hanging plants via ceramic hanging planters. Look out for printed pots to add extra personality to your outdoor space.
3. Patterned seat cushions
Outdoor seat cushions in a funky pattern will have your small patch of outdoor space feeling like a tropical paradise in no time. The best part? You can switch them up to match every mood (and trend).
4. Garden chairs
Even if you can't fit a table in, a stylish garden chair is an essential – it'll become your go-to outdoor spot for eating, reading, sunbatheing and chilling. Look for weather-resistant finishes like rattan that'll last come rain or shine...
5. Fairy lights
And of course, no self-respecting millennial could possible own a garden that doesn’t feature at least one string of fairy lights (you can never have too many in our opinion). They're ideal for wrapping around branches, hanging off furniture and making your friends jealous of your aesthetic patio setup. Check out Amazon or IKEA for budget-friendly options.
6. Window box
Perhaps the best gardening hack when it comes to minimal space is the humble window box – you don't even need a garden to have one. Fill yours with as many colourful plants as you can get your mitts on, or use them to grow your own herbs – there’s nothing quite like the pride that comes from adding basil to your spag bol straight from your windowsill. #adulting.
Photo credit: Spencer Means