A note on colour
Here’s something artists learn when painting landscapes – yellow is a colour that stands out while blue tones recede.
Apply this concept to gardening and make the space look larger by adding plants with blue-green foliage and blue and purple flowers.
On the other hand, use yellow flowers and plants with yellow-green foliage to create a shallower depth of field in a spot you want to make appear smaller and cosier.
Down the garden path
Allow leading lines, like garden paths, to draw the eye through the garden.
Paths also help join up different sections of the garden and create a sense of journey, which is delightfully unexpected in a small space. Make it all the more magical with lush planting schemes and scented plants along the route.
The image above from @small_magical_garden_spaces is a fantastic example of how you could use a garden path and the clever planting of blue and purple flowering plants to help make a small garden appear bigger.
Make a mini-vacation spot
Gardening isn’t all work and no play. You need someone to sit back and admire it all.
Make that garden path lead to a destination – your own mini-vacation spot. It could be as simple as a garden bench, a hammock, or an outdoor lounge and dining area.
If have a small home, this ‘outdoor room’ could be a welcome extension of your abode. To make the most of it, consider adding adequate shade, comfortable seating and lighting for summer evenings outdoors.
The outdoor lounge below by @home.sweeter.home is a great example of a functional and eye-catching entertainment area that could be created in a small garden.