Ideas for Small Garden Design

Creating a Low-Maintenance Oasis

When it comes to small garden design, less can truly be more. Limited space doesn’t have to mean limited beauty or functionality. In fact, with careful planning and creativity, you can transform your small garden into a low-maintenance oasis that offers both charm and convenience.

 In this blog post, we’ll explore a range of ideas, features, and products that will help you make the most of your compact outdoor space while keeping the upkeep to a minimum.

Choose the Right Plants:

 Selecting the right plants is crucial in small garden design. Opt for low-maintenance, slow-growing, and dwarf varieties. Native plants are often a great choice, as they are adapted to the local climate and require less attention.

Consider ground covers like creeping thyme or succulents, which not only look lovely but also reduce the need for weeding. Architectural plants is a great place to find some outstanding specimens.

Vertical Gardening:

Maximise your vertical space by using trellises, wall-mounted planters, or hanging baskets. Vertical gardening not only adds visual interest but also allows you to grow a variety of plants without taking up valuable ground space.

Climbing plants like ivy or clematis can create a lush, green backdrop. We work regularly with Mobilane who make some outstanding vertical planting solutions. 


Smart Watering Systems:

 Save time and water by installing a smart irrigation system. These systems can be programmed to water your plants at optimal times and adjust based on weather conditions.

 Drip irrigation, soaker hoses, and rain barrels are also excellent water-saving options for small gardens. Water Irrigation have some great easy to use systems.

Container Gardening:

 Container gardening is perfect for small spaces. Invest in stylish pots, planters and containers that complement your garden’s aesthetic. You can grow feature focal points, herbs, vegetables, flowers, or even dwarf fruit trees in containers. 

Containers are easy to move around, allowing you to experiment with different layouts and designs. Urbis design are one of our favourite suppliers of beautiful planters that you see in many of our designs. 

Minimalist Hardscaping:

Incorporate hardscaping elements such as pathways, patios, or decks to define your garden’s structure. Opt for materials like gravel, porcelain, or sealed natural stone and composite decking that require minimal maintenance. Keep the design simple and clean to create an open, uncluttered feel. 

Garden Furniture:

 Choose well designed, compact, weather-resistant furniture that suits the scale of your garden. Foldable or stackable pieces are ideal for small spaces as they can be easily stored when not in use. Consider a bistro set, a small bench, or built-in seating along a wall to maximise seating without overwhelming the space. 

With outdoor furniture it’s very much a case of “buy cheap, buy twice” as it will have to withstand the elements. Mater make some of our favourite furniture ranges that you can also see in our showroom.


Outdoor lighting can transform your garden into an enchanting retreat in the evenings. Place them along pathways, around seating areas, or among your plants to create a magical atmosphere. We’re a main supplier and use in-lite lighting systems for all of our projects https://in-lite.com/en/  

Low-Maintenance Features: 

A small water feature like a self contained water table can enhance your garden’s ambiance with minimal upkeep. You can see many of our favourites in our online shop https://shop.andystedmandesign.com/ 

Decorative Accents:

 Add personality to your small garden with decorative accents like garden art and sculptures. These elements can draw attention away from the garden’s size and create focal points that delight the senses. https://www.davidharber.co.uk/ creates some of our all time favourites. 

Regular Maintenance:

 While the goal is to keep maintenance low, some upkeep is still necessary. Set aside time for weeding, pruning, and cleaning. Regularly deadhead flowers to promote new growth and remove any damaged or diseased plant parts promptly.


Small garden design offers an opportunity for creativity and innovation. By carefully selecting plants, incorporating space-saving features, and choosing low-maintenance products, you can create a beautiful oasis that’s easy to care for.  

Embrace the charm of your compact outdoor space and watch it flourish with minimal effort, giving you more time to relax and enjoy your little piece of nature. You could AMP up the back-garden oasis with some accessories sold at ASD Shop.

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