Six ways to maximise the space in your garden

Whatever the size of your outdoor space, there are plenty of ways to maximise the area, and make it look bigger than it is.

Using mirrors, planting vertically, and studying house deeds can all create the illusion of space, or might even increase it.

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Moving plants and flowers from the ground up to higher spaces means that floor space is immediately increased.

And by ensuring that fences and bushes are inline with the house deeds, and on the boundary, could add vital metres to a small space.


Mirrors are effective in making any space look larger. A feature mirror will give added size, or consider putting mirrors along the whole length of a wall to double it.

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Plant vertically

In order to create more ground space, and to expand the grassy area of your garden, plant vertically. This removes the need for borders around the edges, so these can be filled in.Either creating a living wall, or use hanging baskets at different heights and lengths to add colour and variety.

Remove bushes

Big bushes can take up a lot of space. Consider replacing them with fencing if needed for security, or grass over and use planters full of bright flowers to increase appeal.

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Check boundaries

It may be that previous occupants have put a fence further into the garden than your boundaries state. By checking house deeds, you may discover you have more space around the edge of your fence, and a boundary move might be useful.


Applying distinct zones and varying furniture and flooring could give an illusion of extra space. Furniture lying around the garden can make it look cluttered and small, but careful organisation has the opposite effect.

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Make sure your furniture isn’t too big and distracts from the plants and flowers around them.

An expert from who supplied the tips, said: “By thinking outside the box and making small changes you can give the illusion of a much bigger space.

“Consider completely changing the layout of the space if size is high up in your list of priorities.”