In recent months, the demand for bigger gardens among house hunters has sky-rocketed, and these larger outdoor spaces inevitably also come with a larger price tag. But a great garden doesn’t have to be expensive, or expansive – as long as you make the most of the space you have.

Whether you’ve just moved into your new home or are looking to add value to your existing property before selling up, there are plenty of easy and creative ways to make the most of a small garden. Here are a few of our favourites to help get you started.

Make use of vertical space

While you may be limited in terms of ground space, think outside of the box by making the most of vertical space within your garden, like fences and garage walls. Climbing plants and vines such as jasmine, wisteria and clematis can bring colour and fresh, floral scents to your garden without taking up space on your lawn or patio, whilst also covering any boring fences.

Hanging baskets and mounted pots are also ideal for showcasing seasonal flowers without needing flower beds, or why not get creative with a bit of DIY and make your own wall planter out of an old pallet?

Invest in clever furniture

You don’t need to have a large garden to have a space perfect for socialising, playing, and relaxing, just space-saving, multi-purpose outdoor furniture that can transform your garden to suit your day to day requirements.

If you often have large gatherings, nesting furniture neatly tucks away to create more space for guests, while providing comfortable seating and dining space during more intimate occasions. For a more relaxing space however, configurable garden sofas provide style and comfort for a bit of solo sunbathing or when chatting with friends. You could even invest in a multi-purpose grilling table, that combines all your dining, socialising, barbecuing and cooling requirements into one – what more could you need?

Make the garden an extension of your home

If you are looking for a larger, long term investment or an exciting renovation project, large patio or bifold doors that lead out into your garden can help make your outdoor space feel like an extension of your home, creating less of a separation between outside and in and making your garden feel bigger than it actually is. With large glass doors, you can also ensure you make the most of your garden all year round, by enjoying the view whatever the weather.

Remember: less is more

It is always important to think about the garden you have, not the garden you wish you had, and with smaller gardens, less can often be more. Cramming too many plants or too much garden furniture into a space can make it look small and cluttered, but by designing the perfect space for your garden’s size, you can create a cosy and intimate atmosphere that you couldn’t achieve in a larger garden. With a few colourful plants, comfortable seating and solar-powered lights, you can easily make the most of your small garden, throughout the day and into the night.

At Simpson and Partners, we have more than 20 years’ experience selling and letting homes in Kettering and the surrounding area with gardens of all shapes and sizes. Read through our news section for more property advice and get in touch with the Simpson and Partners team by calling 01832 731 222 or emailing