Small urban gardens are a challenge because they need to look good all year round and tend to be visible from all areas of the house. Every inch of the space needs to count and they can quickly look untidy, cluttered and undefined.
They may be used for seating and dining, playing, storage, access and screening. Quite a lot to cram into a small space!
By paring down the use of materials, colours and plant selections to a simple palette that is repeated through the garden, and breaking up the space into zones, a small area can be made to look and feel larger than it is. As the garden often extends from the house, it is important that the style complements the interiors of the house, with flooring and other materials duplicated in the garden creating a seamless transition between internal and external spaces.