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National Gardening Week takes place from 10th – 16th April and is designed to encourage gardeners of all abilities to grow more plants and spend more time in their garden.

 5 Space Saving Tips on How to Make the Most of Your Outdoor Space - by Zoe Papworth

Our landscaping experts  who worked on the Windham show home at Abode, and have put together these great space saving gardening tips to help those of you with smaller outdoor spaces or balconies. It’s now time to be just as creative as those with bigger gardens! 

One of the most common space savers for a small garden or a balcony, is multipurpose furniture. There are many different ideas, colours and styles to suit any taste. If you are up for a bit of handy work, you could even have a go at customising old furniture yourself! Storage crates can be used as a bench or stools that can either be covered with a blanket or painted to match your balcony scheme.

Going Up
If you are a plant lover, but don’t want things to get overcrowded on your balcony, stacking your plant pots allows you to have a big display without compromising on space! A great example of this is Countryside’s beautiful garden wall in the bedroom terrace at Aura. Shelves or ascending plant displays are just a couple of the ways in which you can utilise your vertical space. We recommend using planters with a feature shrub or flower bed to add an instant pop of colour!

Hanging Around
It is important to make good use of every aspect of your balcony. Starting with the railings – you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to space saving items that can be hung over them. Railing planters and hanging tables can easily be added or removed whenever you fancy a change. You can also make the most of the ceiling by hanging plant pots or chairs.

Down Below
Try jazzing things up with a range of alternative flooring materials to cover your balcony. Decking, astro turf, rugs and even paint are the perfect solutions to a balcony floor in need of some TLC. If you like to chop and change your style every so often, the selection of colours and patterns you can find for outdoor rugs are endless, inexpensive and easily removable – an added bonus!

Let There Be Light
Add an instant cosy feel to your outdoor space by making use of fairy lights and glass candle jars. You can combine the two to create a pretty display. Try filling a candle jar with battery powered fairy lights if you fancy something different than hanging your lights or wrapping them around your railings. However you choose to display your candles or lights, ensure that they are safe and secure from windy weather.

We hope our tips help you to create a masterpiece out of your outdoor space! For more garden inspiration, Countryside have some fantastic show gardens at our developments in London, and the rest of the UK – why not pay them a visit soon and follow their Instagram account for further inspiration.


Zoe Papworth,
Regional Relationship Manager at TCL Group

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