Decoration, Garden Design, Garden Furniture, Gardening, How To, Water Features, Zoe

It can be difficult to make the most of your space in a small garden without the effect feeling claustrophobic. There are a number of reasons your garden may feel small:
• High imposing walls or fences surrounding your garden
• Lack of natural light making the space feel dark and small
• No interesting colour incorporation to brighten the area
• Oversized garden furniture that overpowers the area
• Abundance of overgrown greenery
• Or simply a very small space to work with

This guide can help you with some space saving and trendy ideas that will help transform your small garden into a light and relaxing place to be, that still offers plenty of opportunity to test your gardening skills.

Mirrors

The use of mirrors in a small garden can really help to create a sense of space as the light reflects off the glass and into the outdoor area. There are many options to suit your individual style, whether it is a country garden or modern social space.
One way to incorporate mirrors is to have two identical mirrors facing each other; this will create the feel of an infinite garden and prov
ide a great opportunity to make the most of natural lighting.

 

Alternatively, you can use an ornate garden window mirror that adds character and charm. If you’re feeling crafty you could create this yourself with recycled window shutters!
The use of mini mirrors can incorporate light into the garden in a more subtle way, whilst creating a unique texture. The combination of outside fairy lights trailing along your mirrors can also create a lovely atmosphere in the evening.

If you want to learn more about the safety aspects of garden mirrors check out our previous blog post!

 

 

Stainless Steel Planters

If you’re not keen on using mirrors, stainless steel planters offer an excellent alternative. These will help to make the surrounding space seem bigger, and do not pose the same risks as mirrors do outside.
Try creating some depth in your small garden by adding plants of different heights in your planters, this will create a layered effect and also make the space appear larger.

Water

A water feature can be a great way to add some personality to your garden, and is a great tool to carry through a theme in your garden whether it is a classic country style, oriental theme or an ultra-modern layout.

However, the fantastic thing about water features in small gardens is the opportunity to incorporate light into a space, similarly to mirrors and stainless steel. The water from the feature will reflect the sky, and is a more natural way to reflect light into your garden. One bonus of this is that this may encourage wildlife too!

Trees

In a small garden the addition of trees can create the illusion of space. You can cleverly train certain trees to grow in a particular direction to help cover an ugly wall, and make the space seem less imposing. This may require a bit of patience in order to achieve the desired results however!

Vertical Planting

There are many other little ways you can make the most of your secluded spots through the use of vertical planting. This can be
achieved through Trellis’ and climbing plants, which will grow upwards and help hide walls.

However, for an easier option you could purchase a wall mounted planter that can attach easily to a wall and still optimise vertical space.

Screening

If you have dark walls or fencing surrounding your garden, this may be another reason the space feels so small. Sometimes the colours can have the effect of feeling gloomy or oppressive, but one easy way to brighten your garden is the addition of some screening.

This is easy to put up, and can also cover any broken brickwork or blemishes. There are a range of materials and colours to choose from, but a natural style bamboo screening could really help to boost the feeling of space by brightening the whole area and adding some personality.

Storage Solutions

If you’re short of space in your garden but still want to have a chill out area there are a range of storage solutions that can help you do that.
Seating with storage space built in is one particularly clever way to create more space in your garden as it is not visible. This gives you the option to have an area to relax but also be able to store away things such as blankets, cushions etc. when they are not needed!

You could also use coffee tables with storage built in as an alternative to bulky sheds and storage boxes, this would be a great addition to a social space so your guests can relax with a couple of drinks after you’ve stored away some of your garden necessities!

Hopefully this guide has inspired you to make the most of the space you have, and if you want to explore design tips for lighting your small garden be sure to read our advice on this too!

Zoe at PrimroseZoë works in the Marketing team at Primrose, and is passionate about all things social media.

After travelling across Europe and Asia, Zoë is intrigued by different cultures and learning more about the world around her. If she’s not jet setting, Zoë loves nothing more than curling up with a good book and a large glass of red wine!

She is an amateur gardener but keen to learn more and get stuck in!

See all of Zoë’s posts.

Amie, Heated Clothing, Primrose.co.uk

It’s the middle of October, the bitterness is starting to hit and I have decided to go camping for a couple of days. ‘You’re mad’ everyone is saying, but I enjoy the sense of adventure, and I’ve never been camping past summer before. Camping in the autumn makes for a delightful setting too, with the fallen, golden leaves and the crisp morning views (makes for wonderful walking scenery too).

One of the buying team recently went to Iceland, so I thought I would test a few new products on my trip. Alongside my normal camping gear, I decided to take some Warmawear heated clothing items with me, to keep me warm late into the night and provide extra warmth come the frosty morning.

My packing list:

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The socks were great, and kept my toes warm throughout the night. Truth be told, I didn’t take them off again! In the morning, they kept my feet nice and warm when preparing breakfast. I took size M/L, which designed for size 7-13 fit my size 8 feet perfectly. They had a soft, fluffy lining, great for retaining heat and were quite stretchy too with their spandex/ acrylic material blend, so were great for wrapping around my trousers to keep the heat in. They also look pretty stylish too I am sure you will agree.

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The multipurpose muff was very useful for camping. Pop in 3 AA batteries and it warms up in no time. Acting as a warming tube, it was ideal for when sitting around the campsite, and at one point my friend was adamant she wasn’t going to give it back to me! The muff flattens into a warm, comfy pillow too, so I got a great night’s sleep. It was lightweight and compact so perfect for taking camping.

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The scarf was perfect for the morning cook, when I was waiting for the spaghetti hoops to boil, as well as the early morning walks in the bitter October cold. With handy pockets situated on the end of the scarf, it kept both my fingers and neck toasty when it felt rather breezy. Operated with 3 AA batteries, this 150cm long scarf wrapped around me perfectly, and being made from super soft polyester fleece material, it was more than snug.

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So whether it’s a camping trip in the middle of winter, or a cold bonfire night and you are looking to wrap up warm, I can not recommend Warmawear heated clothing enough.

AmieAmie is a marketing enthusiast, having worked at Primrose since graduating from Reading University in 2014.

She enjoys all things sport. A keen football fan, Amie follows Tottenham Hotspur FC, and regularly plays for her local 5 a side football team.

Amie also writes restaurant reviews on  Barnard’s Burger Blog.

Gardening, Geoff, How To

Here at Primrose we like to think of your garden as not just a place chock full of plants and trees, but a place full of expression and character – filled with fine little details that make it simply a great place to be in and explore. Taking this into account and in no particular order, here is a list of 6 of our favourite DIY garden ideas we’ve come across that we think you should definitely try!

Tree Stump PlantersTree Stump Planters

Old tree stump causing a bit of an eye sore? No problem, turn it into a tree stump planter! Save spending money on removing them and simply hollow out a section of the stump, fill it with soil and plant some of your most vibrant and exciting plants. This gives you a wonderful natural looking flower bed without the heavy price that sometimes comes with one. Just be sure to break off some bark and create spaces for drainage at the bottom of the stump to allow for proper growth.

Sail Shade Cinema ScreenOutdoor Cinema

We’ve mentioned this before, but we’re mentioning it again because it is such a fantastic idea. Don’t settle for a big movie night in a cramped living room, check out this customer built outdoor cinema! Most iterations of this idea involve using old PVC piping, weighted buckets and sheets, but we suggest using one of our ever versatile shade sails. If you have the space to manage it, simply hook one up on its side, grab a projector (and of course snacks!) and you are good to go.

Wheel Barrow PlantersWheel Barrow Planter

Revive some life back into an old wheelbarrow and fill it up with soil and plants. Simple as that. Just make sure you have a few small holes for drainage, beware of large holes though or you could end up with flowers across your lawn! Not only does this provide you with a super versatile planter, you can easily move it to anywhere in your garden.

Garden MarkersGarden Markers

If you are particularly arty and need some plant markers, grab some stones from your garden and get painting. These works particularly well when growing your own vegetables are you can get pretty creative with your markers. If you’re feeling brave you could even let your kids loose with the paint and let their imagination run wild.

Coffee GroundsCoffee Grounds

This one isn’t so much a creative ornament or display but a way to recycle something you probably throw out every morning. If like me, you prefer percolated coffee to instant then it turns out you have one of the best and most versatile tools any gardener can have! Sprinkling said coffee grounds on your shrubs and home grown veggies will not only give them a nitrogen boost – promoting better growth – it also doubles as a natural way to deter slugs and ants!

Pallet ShelvingPallet Herb Garden

If you have had a large pallet delivery in the past and don’t know what to do with it, this is a fantastic a rustic way to show off your plants or home grown herbs. Simply remove some of the strips of wood, leaving the top and bottom sections of the pallet. Be sure to use a hammer to remove the nails without damaging them, you’ll need these later. Reattach these pieces of wood at suitable shelving heights and use any remaining strips for front facing and feet. If you are unsure, take a look at the images below for a better step by step idea – but we can assure you, these look fantastic!

Fancy trying your hand at any of these DIY garden ideas? Show us how you get on and send in any pictures to our Facebook or TwitterIf any of these are featured on site, we’ll be sure to send you a £5 voucher!

 

GeoffGeoff works within the Primrose marketing team, primarily on anything related to graphics and design.

He loves to keep up with the latest in music, film and technology whilst also creating his own original art and his ideal afternoon would be lounging in a sunny garden surrounded by good food, drink and company provided there is a football nearby.

While not an expert, his previous job involved landscaping so he’s got some limited experience when gardening.

See all of Geoff’s posts.

Amie, Clocks, How To, New Products, News, Primrose.co.uk

Garden clocks are often a focal point of someone’s garden. They not only look appealing, but serve a beneficial function. You know the one, where you are relaxing in the garden, drinks are flowing and the sun in shining, but you just lose track of time? Primrose and their new clock brand About Time™ have just launched four brand new clocks, which will look perfect in any garden.

Metal Garden Clock in a Antique Patina Finish

Wheel Metal Garden Clock in a Black Painted Finish

Decorative Garden Sun Clock in a Copper Finish

Mechanical Metal Garden Clock in a Rust Finish

Which one is your favourite?

We’d love to see and show off your photos of the above clocks too, and if we feature them on site, you will get a £5 voucher!

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  • Tweet us @PrimroseUK
  • Facebook us @ facebook.com/Primrose.co.uk

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AmieAmie is a marketing enthusiast, having worked at Primrose since graduating from Reading University in 2014.

She enjoys all things sport. A keen football fan, Amie follows Tottenham Hotspur FC, and regularly plays for her local 5 a side football team.

Amie also writes restaurant reviews on  Barnard’s Burger Blog.

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