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Small Garden Designs

It can often be said that sometimes designing a small garden or preparing a small garden plan can present as many challenges as working with a larger space! 

At Floral & Hardy we pride ourselves on the quality of our small garden designs, from the initial planning through to materials, construction, planting and not forgetting all the finishing touches.  

Have a look at our Small Garden Portfolio

Muswell Hill Haven

These are the gardens to a Collins property in Muswell Hill.

Sanderstead Secret

This is the rear garden to an Edwardian terraced house in a quiet residential road in Sanderstead.


Cool Contemporary

This is the rectangular garden to a detached home in Ruislip.

Under the Arbour

This is the back garden to a large, detached property in Epsom, Surrey set back from the main road.

Out on the Stoop

This is the rear garden to a ground floor flat in Hackney


Small front garden

Making a Grand Entrance

This is the front garden to a large detached house in Hampstead with an 'L' shaped garden that wraps around the house.

Contemporary patio and living wall

Upstairs, Downstairs

These are the gardens to a unique, end of terrace, mews-style property in the grounds of a former Grade II listed manor house, with spectacular views over fields and woodland.

Boulder & Boulder

This is the back garden to a substantial, semi-detached, mews-style property in the grounds of a former manor house in Harefield, Middlesex.

Small garden in Camden with raised lawn and planting beds

American Dream

This is the rectangular rear garden to an end of terrace, corner property in Camden.

Small garden with low fencing to contain the tortoise

Artist's Garden

This is the long, rectangular rear garden to a semi-detached property in a quiet road in Beckenham, Kent.

Small patio garden with raised beds

Plantswoman's Patio

These are the gardens to an end of terrace, Victorian property in a quiet residential road in Battersea.

Small garden with raised deck and glass balustrade.

The Cat's Whiskers

This is the rectangular rear garden to a mid-terrace Victorian property in Streatham.

Small modern garden with colonial style verandah

Colonial Character

Our client envisaged a space completely transformed from its blank canvas, typical of a new build house, to a beautiful garden

Small garden with cottage planting

Village Gem

These are the gardens surrounding a modern detached property in the pretty village of Shoreham in Kent that is built in the grounds of a large period house.

Small patio with brick built raised beds

Secret at the End of the Garden

These are the front & rear gardens to a modern terraced house in a quiet cul-de-sac in Carshalton, Surrey.

Small cottage garden with gazebo

Doctor's Orders

This is the back garden to a substantial Edwardian terraced house in Streatham with many attractive period features.

Small patio garden with raised sleeper beds

Urban Oasis

These are the front and rear gardens to a double-fronted, period property in Sydenham. Its owners had spent a lot of time renovating the property and wanted to bring the gardens up to the same standard.

Compact garden for a new house

Garden for a New House

This garden was the small, shady, north-facing garden to a relatively new build house on a private estate. 

Paved garden with glass balustrades

Glass Balustrades with Bi-fold Doors

This garden was on two levels with a small well area outside the basement kitchen. 

Modern garden on a traditional theme

Modern meets Traditional

These front & rear gardens lie on the Greenwich / Blackheath border, on a steeply sloping, triangular plot with complicated level changes. 


New build garden with summerhouse

Reinventing a New Build

This was new build property in with the typical new build garden – boring turf concealing builders’ rubble and an unimaginative area of deck had been laid.

Small modern garden with round decking

Small Modern Garden

This was a new build property and the garden was typically very small, laid to lawn with a few paving slabs outside the back door.

Waterside garden with wired balustrade

Contemporary Waterside

This was a very interesting project in that the garden was on an island in the middle of the Thames only accessible by footbridge. 


Contemporary built-in seating with storage

Forest Hill to Beverley Hills

This was a suburban garden on a steeply sloping site, rising up at the back of the house via some very steep steps, rendering much of the garden unusable.

Garden room to bring the indoors out

Garden Room

This was a small courtyard garden to a modern town house and was featured in House Beautiful magazine.

Tropical garden with lush planting

Lush Tropical

This garden had previously been designed with a series of ‘rooms’ to disguise the length and narrowness of the plot.


Small suburban garden with hidden trampoline

Hidden Trampoline

As with most gardens this size, and with a young family, space was at a premium and our clients wanted somewhere they could relax and entertain, and where their children could play. 

Modern twist on a country garden

Escape to the Country

The existing plot sloped up away from the house and was rather tired in appearance. The deck at the rear was a particular eyesore.

Small garden with shade sail over seating area and raised brick beds

The Tardis

Our clients had fond memories of holidays in the south of France and wanted to re-create something of a rustic French feel in their tiny London garden, using materials to suit the age of their property.


Secluded decking area for entertaining

Bachelor Pad

This is a basement flat in a large Victorian terraced house and the garden space was divided into several smaller areas for the use of its various tenants.

Small garden made to look wider

Small but Perfectly Formed

This was a typical long, narrow suburban garden with an ugly concrete patio and a boring rectangular lawn with sparse planting. 

Modern garden with blue glass path set in resin

Path to Enlightenment

The existing rectangular patio lead us to this design and we decided to square off the rather awkwardly shaped plot  and divide it with a series of rectangles forming the lawn, play area, path and planting beds.


Courtyard garden with gym

Garden Gym

This was a small suburban garden who's owners wanted to also turn a small garage into a gym that overlooked the garden.

Roof terrace with composite decking

Up on the Roof

The roof terrace has spectacular views over interesting surrounding buildings, including the Natural History Museum, but the inhospitable, exposed, sloping space made entertaining and relaxing difficult. 

Glass balcony leading to small city garden

Glass Balcony

A steep staircase with high risers and narrow treads down from the drawing room made this a potentially treacherous space for the children, or adults alike, as well as taking up garden space. 

Small garden with hidden storage for bike underground

Hidden Underground Storage

This was the tiny garden to a terraced Victorian house belonging to a young family.Coming from Australia, our couple really missed the outside space for barbecuing and entertaining.

Small secluded courtyard

Knightsbridge Nook

This garden is in fact a tiny enclosed courtyard, surrounded by tall buildings, in central London. 

Small paved courtyard

Paved Courtyard

Our first concern with this garden was to give our clients the security and privacy they needed but as this was a listed building, we had first to approach the local council for permissions. 


Small courtyard with raised beds and water fountain

Small Courtyard for Lady of Leisure

Our client wanted an interesting, easy to look after patio garden with a traditional feel, but did not want a symmetrical design typical of many such schemes. She wanted something a bit ‘different’.

Small enclosed courtyard

Small Georgian Town House

Our clients wanted an elegant dining area making the best use of the space and in a style in keeping with the property and its interiors.

Tiny paved courtyard with lighting

Tiny Courtyard

Our brief was for a practical space our clients could use to relax and entertain in, but the plot was divided awkwardly by a step making use of a table and chairs impossible. 


Courtyard transformed to natural raised bed and sandstone paving

Tiny Courtyard Transformed

This was a postage-stamp back garden typical of London Victorian properties, but the tiny courtyard had been laid wholly to deck with no planting to speak of.

Victorian cottage garden

Victorian Cottage

Our client is a keen gardener who wanted a complete overhaul of her garden space. She wanted something pretty and private that she could relax in and develop over time. 


Small Garden Ideas

Constricted areas need an open imagination to fully realise the potential of the smaller space - and thinking of the materials and methods needed requires an experienced and active imagination. Our rich experience designing gardens of all types means we can bring lots of previous experience as well as tried and tested small garden design ideas.  

We aim to make a space seem larger than it is, create multi-layered effects through planting and make use of vertical space to create visual depth to maximise the potential of a small garden. You can see from the examples above that garden design for small gardens should be carefully planned as it’s all the fine details that will result in the most amazing space.  

Each space is different and every challenge requires new thought - and with our design team you're sure to end up with the garden of your dreams! Start the process easily with a no obligation quotation.  


You can either fill out our enquiry form, or call us on 0844 326 1211 and speak to one of our friendly expert staff to start the process of designing your dream Small garden!







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