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3 Ways To Make The Most Of An Urban Outdoor Space

Spend any length of time browsing around the web looking at gardens and you’ll notice an array of vast spaces, perfectly landscaped, packed with plants, pools and pina coladas. These dream spaces are an aspiration for many of us, but it’s easy to come away feeling disillusioned. If your home is in an urban area you might well not be blessed with the space required to recreate these awesome outdoor spaces.

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So, what should you do? Log off, give up and sulk? Well, you can if you want, but that isn’t really going to help in the long term is it? Instead, why not focus on the things that you can actually do with your space? You never know, by the time you’ve finished, someone might end up gazing jealously at your before and after photos…

The Perfect Patio

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Start from the bottom and work your way up. A patio offers a great basis to build an outdoor space that you can use on any occasion. Whether it’s relaxing in the summer sunshine, wheeling out the barbecue for some tasty treats or having friends over for a few drinks, a patio gives you the space to do what you want. These days you can choose from so many different sizes, colors and designs, so there will definitely be something out there to suit your taste and available space. You can choose to pave your entire outdoor space, or just the immediate area outside your door, depending on the area and budget you have to play with. Take a look at this page from System Pavers for some inspiration.

Get Creative With Your Planting

No room for beds and borders packed full of colorful plants? That’s no problem, you can still roll up your sleeves and get planting, you just need to use that space more efficiently. HGTV has produced a list of 30 great microgardening ideas and this is a great starting point when planning out your balcony, deck or yard. From ivy walls to built-in planters and small-scale displays, you’ll be surprised at just how much you can do.

Take a Seat

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The right patio, lined with the right plants, will then leave you with one issue: how are you going to sit and enjoy your outdoor space? Benches are a great way to provide seating for several people without eating up too much valuable outdoor space. Pop on a few cushions and a rug and you’ll create a comfortable piece of furniture to enjoy. A sturdy bench can be fairly flexible too – acting as somewhere you can lie down with a good book when you’re alone or to cater for all of your friends when you’re hosting. Investing in one quality item such as this is also pretty cost effective.

With a patio, creative planting solutions and a comfy-and-practical place to sit, you’ll be able to create an outdoor space that is ideal for an urban property with limited space. Start planning your three-step plan today and you won’t need to feel garden envy again.

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