Two blue garden chairs with cushions and throws with matching table topped with assorted fruit, blue jug and tumblers in a small back garden surrounded by assorted planters with greenery in the background.

Outdoor Inspiration For Small Gardens

If, like us, you love spending the summer months basking in the British sunshine, you’ll already be planning how to make the most of this year’s sunny season. Short on outdoor space? No problem! Our guide is packed with space-saving shortcuts to help you make the most of your garden. And of course, we’re bringing mega style points.

From enjoying long-awaited BBQs on patio sets and bistro sets to adding splashes of colour with outdoor cushions and garden accessories, scroll down to give your garden some new-season energy.

How Do You Give A Small Garden A Glow-Up?

The good news is that transforming a small garden into a beautiful oasis is easier than you might think. Whether you see your garden as a social space or a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle, our top tips will help your garden feel larger than it really is – we won’t tell if you won’t!

1. Proportion & Positioning Of Garden Furniture

Wondering how to choose the right garden furniture? You’re not alone! Picking the perfect pieces can make all the difference to your garden, so it’s important to spend some time finding the right fit. Whether you’re hoping to soak up the sunshine on a sun lounger or host family meals on garden tables, start by considering your favourite garden activities. Mix-and-match our range of sun loungers and gazebos to create the ultimate chill-out spot or explore our garden sofas and dining sets for small gardens with a large social life.

Grey wicker garden sofa set with coordinating centre table in a large garden with fence and greenery in the background.
Legs of woman wearing khaki culottes and white mule sandals on white and black chevron rug.

Remember, placing your garden furniture off-centre is a quick and easy win to create the illusion of extra space. Position a patio set in the corner of your garden to put your feet up and relax on sunny days. You can also scatter outdoor cushions and rugs underneath overhanging trees for an informal set-up ideal for family picnics.

2. Accessorise With Plant Pots & Plants

Plant pots and planters are a great way to make a statement and add a personal touch to your outdoor space. If you’ve spent the last year discovering your love for houseplants, extend your newfound hobby into the garden by growing your favourite foliage in large plant pots. A space-saving alternative to flower beds, growing multiple flowers in a single pot can also make your luscious greenery even more vibrant!

Black hanging wall planter frame filled with greenery.
Brown wooden frame plant stand topped with plants in bright planters.

If you’re short on space, get creative with levels using plant stands and shelves. You can also cluster small plant pots together to style up your outdoor space, from geometric prints and colour pop planters to fun floral patterns.

3. Make Clever Use Of Garden Lights

Outdoor lighting is a garden essential that can bring a new-season glow to any space. Whether you’re looking for decorative lighting to create ambiance or you’re after essential security lights, we’ve got you covered!

Experimenting with garden lighting can make your outdoor space look larger than it really is. Try positioning solar lights along the sides of footpaths to illuminate your flowerbeds. For that on-trend twinkle, place decorative string lights around fences and garden furniture. The higher up you can place them, the bigger (and brighter!) your space will feel.

3 rows of warm white outdoor fairy lights in garden at night.
White and black zebra planter with artificial succulent.

4. Express Yourself With Fun Garden Accessories

It’s the little touches that can make your garden feel like home. Add a pop of personality and turn your garden into more than just a green space with garden accessories. With a host of accessories to choose from, including garden ornaments and coloured string lights, creating a stylish garden set-up has never been easier!

Families with younger kids will love pairing our gnome-themed ornaments with brightly coloured decorative lights. You can also go minimalist-chic with subtle solar stake lights and animal-shaped ornaments for relaxing days in the sunshine.

For more ways to kit out your garden in time for summer, check out how to spring clean your garden.