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The Perfect Back “Yard-en” – Top Tips for Tiny Gardens

A rising trend in our community is the unique ability to turn a small outdoor space into an impressive yard-ens: tiny gardens bursting with creativity and flair. We love seeing all of the compact areas being turned into sanctuaries of green goodness and hope that this trend will go well beyond 2021.

So whether you are sprucing up a balcony garden, a petite patio, or a tiny terrace, adding plants and planters of varying heights will enable you to enjoy your petite place of zen.

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Here are some top tips when it comes to perfecting your tiny outdoor oasis.

Pacing, planting, and planning are key

It’s time to think like a gardening magician and plan the perfect optimal outdoor illusion. The best place to start is by thinking about what you need from your outdoor space and how to fit those elements.

When you can’t expand outwards, you have think about upwards! Walls, garages, the side of a fence—it’s all good space. Get blooms up high with containers like hanging baskets, window boxes and exquisite wall mangers.

Think about creating your own secret pockets of space within your garden using screens, trellises or walls of foliage.  Decorating each area with different plants, living wall areas and garden furniture will help differentiate sections of your tiny space.  These unique areas are perfect for hiding small seating areas and comfy garden getaways.

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Smart Furniture

This is where the tiny garden experts set themselves apart from the novices. When thinking about small spaces, most people shy away from incorporating furniture as they fear space will become cluttered. But in reality, furniture can be used to significant effect in a yard-en; you just need to make smart choices. Instead of large benches or bulky seating, go for more compact options.

Attract Wildlife

You don’t need acres of land or a countryside garden to be at one with nature.

A perfect way to breathe life into your tiny garden is by creating a home for wildlife to thrive in. Bird boxes, feeding stations, and even insect hotels are a beautiful way to build a tranquil outdoor oasis for both you and wildlife to enjoy.

Offer birds a place to drink, butterflies a place to feed and don’t forget the other insects. Many garden plants need pollinating insects to produce fruit and flowers (even in a tiny garden) But their numbers are in decline, partly due to a loss of habitat. Make your garden a safe haven for essential solitary bees, ladybirds and lacewings.

Keep It Bright

Brightly coloured plants and features can make your petite patio, or city balcony seem lighter and brighter than it appears.

Golden or light-yellow colours are perfect for brightening up dark patches, or opt for bright displays of foliage and shrubs to grace your garden with a burst of eye-catching colour.

As a general rule, hot colors like reds and dark yellows make a space feel warm and intimate, while if you want your garden sanctuary to feel larger opt for cooler light purples, whites, and blues.

And even though our garden getaways are growing in the UK, don’t shy away from tropical textures to help give you a sense of holiday romance when you step away into garden retreat.

Ready to start cultivating your tiny dream garden getaway? Share the progress with us and of course the beautiful end result on social media using #MyPrimroseGarden. We can’t wait to see what you create!



  1. Linda

    Hi there
    I have no garden so everything in pots and planters
    I have like a green moss growing on top of pots etc
    Wat is this and how do u prevent it from growing
    Thanks linda

    1. Stuart Thomas Author

      Hi Linda

      Moss and other similar growths can be caused by compacted soil, or simply an open-soil surface where moss has space to grow. One way to reduce it is to loosen the soil (keeping it from being compacted) and mulch it with something like bark or gravel. You can also roughen the surface of the soil so the moss doesn’t have a good area to latch onto, or add more plants to fill the space with something you like the look of rather than moss!

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