The Garden By The Townhouse. 12 Tricks For Coziness In The Smallest Space

Landscape design is the art of designing complete gardens even in the smallest area. After all, a colorful oasis can be created even on a plot of 1-2 acres. And it's precisely these tiny, but no less precious, gardens that are commonly found on townhouses. Finding the right solution, a successful design is not easy. But it's not impossible at all. You just need to take into account the specifics of the site and the functional tasks facing it, and not be afraid to dare to take drastic measures. And we will reveal to you the secrets and techniques that will allow you to succeed in the arrangement of comfortable gardens on the minimum plots near a townhouse.

The garden by the townhouse. 12 tricks for coziness in the smallest space
Lounge area near a townhouse. © Dmitriy Kruglyak

Simple principles of arrangement of complex mini site

Townhouses redefine not only the approach to architecture in general but also open up new possibilities in terms of setting up comfortable, unique gardens even in urban settings. And even if the standard tiny plots in so fashionable today townhouses to decorate as a full garden seems impossible, landscape design knows how to cope with such a task. After all, a small area - not necessarily a little opportunity.

The key in the arrangement of the gardens at the townhouse should be a combination of maximum practicality, functionality, and minimalism. And the minimalism of the spectacular, catchy and bold. Dozens of different plants rather prefer one, but catchy, a lot of objects - 1-2 zones, but the inimitable. The minimum used should give the maximum result. And all tools used should be as effective and concise as possible. Clear shapes and lines, simple geometry and asymmetry, bringing rhythm to the projects, simple in structure, but expressive flower gardens and classic solutions, perceived at a glance works better than the most pretentious ensembles, requiring a comprehensive assessment.

Style definition - the basis of the "success" of the project. Eclecticism, a mixture of themes and styles, narrow currents of landscape design is inappropriate here. You have to choose a certain style and stick to it, not retreating even in detail and the choice of plants. For gardens by the townhouse, it is better to choose generalized, "fuzzy" styles - country, landscape, modern, oriental - avoiding specific currents and trends, more narrowly delineating the range of plants.

The garden by the townhouse. 12 tricks for coziness in the smallest space
Garden by the townhouse. © homify

To make a townhouse garden work, you must:

  • clearly define the functional zones;
  • particular attention to the terrace and its paving, play with the pathway;
  • skillfully emphasize the space and play with its depth and boundaries;
  • use small architecture objects for structuring and protection;
  • not afraid to use large plants, selecting them wisely;
  • Put into practice all the talents of space-saving overheads;
  • do not forget the hidden, hidden corners and decorative accents;
  • choose plants so that the garden is attractive all year round;
  • in the design of flower beds and squares, emphasize practicality, not forgetting the ability of color to create visual effects.

Let's have a closer look at 12 techniques, by means of which it's possible to decorate any land plot in the townhouse beautifully and originally.

clear zoning

Gardens in townhouses do not allow experimenting with rest zones, garden planning, allocation of functional zones as large and even standard country plots do. Zoning of the garden on 1-2 acres should be strict, clear and do not leave any doubts in determining exactly what the individual zones in the design are for. Functionally, the garden should be divided into just 2 parts - an area for recreation, necessarily paved, and a decorative area with plants and lawn. The division of gardens in a townhouse into two parts is dictated not at all desires or taste, but purely practical characteristics. Due to the specific shading of the site, it is observed for several days, noting those parts of the garden that are most in shade. This is where the terrace or patio is placed, and the brightest and brightest sides are reserved for decorative objects.

Can't do without a terrace

The most important functional area in the design of the townhouse is a large, practical, using the deepest shade on a small plot of space set aside for comfortable relaxation. Unlike large gardens, the main area of a townhouse is designed only as a terrace - paved area with a flat surface, a kind of "springboard" for recreation and relaxation.

It is with the terrace should begin arrangement of the entire site. Determining its shape, size, location will be the point of reference, from which you can start landscaping and placing all other objects and plants.

To forget about how small is the site of the townhouse, and certainly not to emphasize its size and modest opportunities in the design, do not choose for a terrace of the classical options. Forget about the traditional rectangular shape and decide on the most extravagant options. Even if the terrace is completely adjacent to the house, its "free", adjacent to the garden side lay at an angle or asymmetrically, break the terrace into several areas of different shapes, together forming a bizarre ensemble or design itself present so that it is perceived as original and even extravagant. Leave blank spaces in the paving in which you can place flowerbeds. Combine several materials in a patterned masonry, try mixing stone and concrete, wood, mosaic, tile for that one look at the original pavement makes a lasting impression.

The garden by the townhouse. 12 tricks for coziness in the smallest space
Garden with a sitting area by the townhouse. © Rob Bear

When you're short on space, play with... space!

The area remaining in your layout should be filled with plants. But by no means completely. Options with the breakdown of a series of flower beds, a walking garden in the English or baroque style, creating mazes and numerous mini-beds for a townhouse are not suitable. If you want it to turn into a full garden, do not be afraid to leave most of the remaining area unoccupied, free. After all, nothing emphasizes spatial depth like the contrast of flat areas and lush vegetation.

In townhouse gardens, a lawn - or its alternative of groundcovers - is a mandatory design element. And in order to create a harmonious garden, it is necessary to allocate at least 40-50% of the rest of the plot (ideally 60%). Even if we're talking about 1 hundred square meters, a lawn that takes up most of it will visually make the garden look bigger. Flowerbeds, squares, trees and shrubs, as well as architectural elements or decorative accents should be spectacular, created with scope and boldness, uniquely voluminous.

Path in the center of attention

Whatever the size and style of the garden at the townhouse, the path in it always takes a special place. It should connect the plant part of the garden and the terrace, and at the same time emphasize the integrity of the design and define the visual lines by which your guests will get to know the garden. There aren't many paths in such areas. There should be one path, leading from the entrance to the house or terrace to the far corners of the garden or to objects hidden in them. The main concern when choosing routes is to avoid interfering with the perception of space and to create a path that looks like a separate decoration.

Dotted paths or paths with a soft covering are ideal for townhouses, whatever the style. You don't need to run them in a straight line even if you choose strict geometry as the main design motif. Make the path winding, smooth, curving arcs. Excellent options - laid on the lawn trunk cuts, stones, flat tiles.

The garden by the townhouse. 12 tricks for coziness in the smallest space
Garden at the townhouse with a recreation area. © duproprio

Pergolas, arbors, lattices and co

No one townhouse garden can use all the variety of small architecture objects. But to bring a sense of order, the complexity of design and detachment from the outside world without them it is impossible. In such a garden it is necessary to place at least one of the classic objects of small architecture, which "raise" the project to a new level.

Usually such objects are placed directly on the patio, the side from which you want to create a sense of both visual and psychological barrier that protects from the outside world and allows you to feel relaxed and protected. The other option - the design of the "secret corner" - offers just to complement the basic design with another small architectural object.

Townhouse plot design fits well with:

  • pergolas along the sides of the terrace or patio;
  • open arbors;
  • trellises;
  • a small platform with a pergola or without it, which forms a separate reading zone or barbecue;
  • twisted and wrought iron supports for climbing vines.
  • The great mystery of the small garden

    No garden will be perceived as interesting if it lacks elements of surprise - objects hidden from direct view that give the atmosphere mystery and seclusion. And even in gardens, which are arranged on the area of one hundred square meters, its own "mystery" must be. As a hidden highlight can be a small pond hidden behind bushes

    • small pergola;
    • playground;
    • benches to rest on the flower bed.

    These are placed behind a tall shrub or tree, so that from the terrace or the garden entrance they were not visible. If necessary, the camouflage is reinforced by vines on supports.

    The garden by the townhouse. 12 tricks for coziness in the smallest space
    Garden by a townhouse. © Barbara Peck

    Large plants for a small garden

    The minimum size of a plot at a townhouse does not mean that only dwarf star plants can be used for it either. Moreover: If you limit yourself to compact miniature species, you can never get a feeling of fullness, completeness, "right" design. If we are talking about filling flowerbeds or flowerbeds with plants, then here the small area does dictate its own rules for the choice of crops. But never, in any case do not choose a mini-format for those plants that determine the spatial depth and structure of the garden, set the tone of decoration, mark the vertical and focal points - trees and shrubs.

    In the smallest gardens in the area it is important to use the tall, spectacular and large plants-accent. They should give the garden a sense of harmony, integrity, balance, link it to the urban architecture, define the boundaries and focus the attention of visitors and owners. Unlike large gardens, the largest plants in groups or large hedges are not used in townhouse gardens. But single accents should play the same role as a group of shrubs in a regular garden and be as expressive as possible. Of course, the trees should be of the most compact species and varieties, with a maximum height of 3-4 meters, but shrubs can be very large.

    Selecting species that will help to effectively solve the task requires a comprehensive assessment of plants. They should look good in the spring, summer and autumn, and even the bare crown in the garden should not bring boredom, but a sense of graphic lace. Excellent candidates for the role of large plants by the townhouse - turf cousa (cornus cousa), maple lanewood (acer palmatum), ornamental plums, cherries and apples. Trees with pyramidal or cone-shaped contours, boulders, sheared shrub options and weeping forms look advantageous in gardens of a mini-format.

    But to choose the right plant is not the main thing. Plants must also be placed correctly. Large shrubs or trees are placed on the far side of the site, so that they created a sense of extending the boundaries, extending the garden, hid the fence and gave the whole site spatial depth. It is best to place plants in the corners and one or two in the middle, but offset from the visual center. And "repulse" the large elements in the landscaping should be placed asymmetrically on 1 shrub and in the foreground, as if at the entrance to the plant part of the site.

    The garden by the townhouse. 12 tricks for coziness in the smallest space
    Garden at the townhouse. © Dmitriy Kruglyak

    Don't be afraid to use the talents of climbers

    Garden lianas are the only plants that can create the most effective compositions on the minimum actual area. And in the garden at the townhouse, it is better to use them as actively as you can afford. All the more, it is not difficult to find a "job" for lianas in miniature gardens at all.

    To find a suitable place for treetops, it is only necessary to walk through the garden. First of all, pay attention to structures and objects of small architecture: decorations from luxurious vines draping the sides and back walls can simultaneously enliven the arbors, pergolas, arches themselves, and create a much needed protection from prying eyes. Since to set screens and screens, planting hedges in such a garden is simply not there, then to solve this problem is easiest just with the help of garden tops. Secondly, note all the flat, vertical "blank" surfaces - blank walls, bare fences, which seem dull and unimpressive. In places that seem too empty to you, boldly plant vines for vertical landscaping.

    For the design of gardens near the townhouse, use the brightest vines - climbing roses, clematis, honeysuckle, maiden vines. But in view of the limited opportunities for planting other flowering plants is better to choose in favor of flowering species.

    "Gimmick" in the flowers

    In flower beds and squares immediately mark the largest areas, located between the remotely placed trees or structures, places devoid of large accents, which seem to be more simple than the rest of the gardening. In such places be sure to place a "lure" - an interesting sculpture, an object, an unusual decoration that will draw the eye and seem to be a "highlight" of the garden. As with the trees, to skimp on such an accent of the number of purely decorative is not worth it: the selected object should be large, catchy, unusual and most spectacular. It's better to place it directly in a flower bed, so that it is "buried" in a sea of flowers.

    In the gardens of the townhouse looks great:

    • fountains;
    • large garden sculptures;
    • decorative benches or plinths;
    • stone flowerpots;
    • drinker or bird feeder;
    • solar clock, etc.
    The garden by the townhouse. 12 tricks for coziness in the smallest space
    Townhouse garden. © Barbara Peck

    Good decoration can be seen in winter

    When arranging a garden by a townhouse, it is important not to forget that such a small plot should be attractive all the time, regardless of the season. Even when all the perennials and deciduous plants will drop spectacular autumn decoration, the garden in the mini-format should not seem "bare", empty, lifeless. And in landscaping that compositions should be attractive even in winter, you need to remember above all.

    The easiest and simultaneously the most effective way to perform such a task - to use as many conifers and winter greenery as possible. But there are other options: Use plants with beautiful bark, unusual crown patterns, bright berries and inflorescences which can be left on the plants and look great even under snow caps. Derry, goat willow, hazel, holly, barberry, snowberry, ornamental grasses, hydrangeas, echinacea, yarrow and cleavers are good even during hibernation. If in classic large gardens there is always a leading flower bed, then on the plot at the townhouse, even the smallest composition should be approached as royal.

    How to plan the placement of flower beds is a matter of taste and preference. The simplest option - just highlight the lawn, and the remaining space on the sides of the allocated ribbon flower beds or squares, as if to conclude the emerald carpet in a flowering frame. But this is not the only way to design a garden. You can break up a flower bed on the terrace, "island" run it on the lawn, and the bulk of the plants planted in a large flower bed at the end of the plot. Or you can combine a narrow flower bed at the edges with a strict border with mini flower beds, which seem to end the lawn, used as a border in front of the area with a hidden corner. The main thing is to break up flower beds so that they are perceived as a lush background, emphasizing the beauty of free space and reveal the chosen style of design.

    As for the selection of plants for the project at the townhouse is better to use hardy, not afraid of the urban environment and do not require special care long-lasting culture. Textured perennials - catnip, veronica, sage, ornamental grasses, luxurious astilbe, shade-loving hostas and ferns, beautifully leafy cufflinks and geichera, tireless groundcovers, spectacular hydrangeas, herbaceous peonies - there is a lot to choose from. Choose plants so that the baton of blooms is continuous and be sure to find your stars for each season, keeping a balance between plants that bloom at different times of the year and permanent evergreen accents. If you love gardening and dream of rarities, leave a small piece of the flower bed for experimenting with bulbous and rare plants, a variety of summer plants.

    Even on the smallest plot you can have at least 1 bed. If you want to grow vegetables and herbs for the table, then one of the sections of the flower bed or rabatka replace it with a bordered bed. Only in the case of a townhouse, take care to make it seem like a garden decoration, use a mix design, combining vegetable crops with ornamental ones, creating flower beds.

    The garden by the townhouse. 12 tricks for coziness in the smallest space
    Garden by a townhouse. © Barbara Peck

    An unconventional approach to color selection

    It is in small gardens that color turns from "one of" to the most important tool in transforming the landscape. With the right choice of colors you can visually increase the size of the garden, push its boundaries, play with depth and size, present the landscape in all its splendor. And, on the contrary, unsuccessful color solutions can nullify all the efforts.

    Use for decorating the far sides of the site, its sides flower gardens, seasoned in a solemn cold range or white color. Light plants, glowing from within, will give a special solemnity to the project, and the blue scale will allow you to create optical illusions and unexpected effects. Warm colors is better to use in the immediate vicinity of the terrace and the house, and the bright and even planted in the front seats at the entrance to the garden. Gradation of the saturation of colors from bright to muted and gamma from warm to cold will create the illusion of a much larger space. Do not forget about the size of flowers: place large flowers in the foreground, textured small-colored cultures use for distant objects, which will only increase the sense of depth, multidimensionality.

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