If you’ve been accustomed to having a large garden and have now downsized your living space with a garden area that looks to be about the size of a postage stamp by comparison, you needn’t feel depressed! The same is true if you are an apartment or condo dweller, with little space in which to plant. Small garden design is an art. You might find such a project analogous to an ornately painted cloisonn bracelet or vase of great detail, or a small ivory carving. In the case of the small garden design, you can create a jewel in your small garden space that will be the envy of the neighborhood, as well as being low maintenance. Small is beautiful! Let’s take a look at ways you can maximize the visual impact of that small garden space.
Exposure to light is a major consideration of the small garden design. The usual situation in a small garden is that it’s shady, due to surrounding buildings. A shade garden can be one of the loveliest, so don’t despair. If your garden area is sunny, you have more choices of plants which will thrive, but there’s no shortage of shade loving plants. When planning your small garden design, choose plants that thrive in the exposure you can provide.
Let’s take the shady situation first. As a rule of thumb, large-leaved plants do well in shade. Some examples are hostas, of which there are many varieties and which look spectacular in a mix. Begonias are another great choice for the shady, small garden. Brilliantly colored flowers, such as fuchsias, lobelia and cyclamens offer color for three seasons in the shady small garden design. Many plants which thrive in shady areas are tidy plants, which, while not taking up a great deal of space, make up for their small size in visual impact.
If your small garden enjoys a southern exposure, there are dozens of annuals and perennials you can plant. When you’re designing a garden in a small space, it’s best to group plants of the same type together. This planting strategy allows you to make a miniature work of art, with just a few plants, simulating a field of flowers in appearance. Depending on the size of your garden, try for at least five plants of the same type in each grouping. Plant the tallest plants at the back and stage them down as you reach the pathway or perimeter of the garden.
Remember, too, that you can create illusions with color. For example, in a long, narrow garden, a planting of pale blue phlox near your entry will appear to be farther away from the street or approach to your home. White, on the other hand, jumps to the forefront.
There are other techniques which can make your small garden design feel lush and magical. Using hanging plants adds another dimension. Ferns, fuchsias, begonias and campanula add an exotic, tropical and full feel to your little garden. Grouping pots together on a porch or entryway is another effective technique. As the seasons change, you simply replace summer’s display with some Mums for fall, followed by poinsettias in winter.
Trellises and espaliers are another option for the small garden design. If you have the right climate and exposure, you can grow a pear tree on a wall, training the branches such that the tree flattens along the espalier as it grows. In many ways, a small garden is a blessing!
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The windmill was built in 1747 in Neuenknick Warmsen. It is preserved in its original design.
Beginning of 1899 the mill was sold for 600 dollars, cut and put on cars to Neuenknick. Besides a great meal course two other smaller millstones were set up, which could be operated by an oil engine or wind. The mill was operated by a loss
at times with only two wings. The millstones are in the early 1980s has been expanded.
By Daniel Mennerich on 2010-07-16 06:11:05
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Ever wondered how top garden designers and landscape contractors manage to transform a small dowdy garden into something wonderful? This time-lapse video, filmed in October/November 2015, shows the skill and ingenuity involved when Tully Landscapes Ltd, one of Ireland’s leading landscaping companies, got to work transforming a small garden in Dublin.
The garden in the video is just 20 foot wide by 28 foot long (6.096m x 8.534m) and suffered from poor drainage. It was dominated by a 1970s vintage concrete garden shed positioned just six feet from the kitchen window. The client requested Tully Landscapes Ltd to design and construct a new garden that would have a low maintenance courtyard design, maximise the available space and deal with the drainage and water logging issue. During the initial survey one boundary wall was found to be structurally unsound and required demolition. In addition, it was decided to demolish the end wall and rebuild it incorporating a new, larger garden shed and a relocated back gate. All other existing walls were strengthened.
The new garden was designed by Colin Cooney, a Landscape Architect commissioned by Tully Landscapes. The design featured three raised planter beds featuring, respectively, a Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum dissectum Garnet), a Magnolia Heaven Scent and an Olea Europea Forma Toscana (i.e. Olive tree) plus an assortment of bee-friendly plants. The raised planter walls were faced with Donegal Quartz Stone. During construction an estimated 20 tons of rubble was removed from the site.
Video by Karl Martin.
With sincere thanks to all the craftsmen featured, without whose co-operation this video would not have been possible.
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