12 small garden design ideas — plus tips from award winning landscape designers

A small garden with a seasting area with two chairs and permeable paving interplanted with ground cover plants
(Image credit: Harry Holding)

Small garden design ideas are vital if you're working with a limited outdoor space. Unlike those with sprawling lawns or patios to seat a hundred, every inch of space has to be considered when planning a small garden design

The key is not to feel limited by a compact outdoor space — as our experts will demonstrate, they often inspire some of the most elegant and interesting design solutions. 

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Harry Holding

Garden designer Harry Holding has won multiple awards for his work including the People's Choice award at RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2023 as well as SGD awards for the past 3 years running.

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George Cullis

George studied landscape architecture at the University of Greenwich, London. After receiving his Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) George has led and delivered a wide range of projects both in the UK and abroad. 

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Adam Vetere

A multi award winning garden and landscape designer and member of the APL Association of Professional Landscapers. He was awarded Designer of the Year by them in 2022.

Teresa Conway
Deputy editor on Homebuilding & Renovating

Teresa was part of a team that launched Easy Gardens in 2018 and worked as the Editor on this magazine. She has extensive experience writing and editing content on gardens and landscaping on brands such as Homes & Gardens, Country Homes & Interiors and Living Etc magazine. She has developed close working relationships with top landscape architects and leading industry experts, and has been exposed to an array of rich content and expertise.

In 2020 Teresa bought her first home. She and her partner worked alongside architects and builders to transform the downstairs area of her two bedroom Victorian house in north London into a usable space for her family. Along the way she learned the stresses, woes and joys of home renovation, and is now looking to her next project, landscaping the back garden. 

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