How To Maximise Small Outdoor Spaces

Detail of vertical garden with eatable herbs and vegetables

8 Ways You Can Make The Most of Your Small Outdoor Space

As smaller housing plots become the norm, it is becoming increasingly common for new Perth homes to have smaller backyards. Some might feel this limits what you can do with your garden due to space restrictions, however, a small garden can be doesn’t have to be a downside. With the right resources, knowledge and help, it is still possible to create a beautiful and functional outdoor area that you and your family can enjoy. 

This comprehensive guide on how to maximise a small outdoor space in your Perth backyard, whether it be a tiny balcony, a small yard, or a compact patio, will explore creative and practical ways to transform your small outdoor area into a beautiful and functional space.

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Feel free to jump to any section that interests you. Let’s get started on transforming your small outdoor space into your own personal oasis!


Plan Your Layout

Before you begin, it’s best to plan out your overall layout, including any pathways, features, garden beds and lawn area. Think about areas for shade, high foot traffic, water drainage and how you hope to use your outdoor space. By planning your landscaping design in advance, you are more likely to achieve a desirable result.


Minimising Lawn in Small Spaces

In smaller gardens, it is best to minimise lawn space, or even forgo it completely. Grass can become extremely time-consuming to care for, between fertilising, weeding and mowing. By installing pavers in your outdoor space, you’ll be able to create a functional alfresco living area. Patio and outdoor pavers are a great way to provide continuity from the inside to the outside of your house and give your outdoor zone the feeling of an extra room in your house.

Perth backyard with minimal grass and Sunset porcelain pavers from Remastone

Sunset porcelain pavers by Remastone

Alternative Seating Options

Another way to make the most of your area is to create built-in seating options. These can be designed to blend in with retaining walls and other edging in your garden, to create a fluid and harmonious area. It also won’t take up precious floor space, unlike free-standing garden furniture.

backyard with fireplace and seating around it

Credit: Pinterest

Vertical Wall Features

A great way to maximise smaller spaces is by creating a range of vertical planes in your garden. Garden edging can be used to stagger the levels of your backyard and create garden beds at different heights. Varying levels can help to create depth in restricted spaces while providing visual interest.

Detail of vertical garden with eatable herbs and vegetables

Detail of vertical garden with eatable herbs and vegetables

Incorporating Climbing Plants

Where possible, incorporate climbing plants into your overall garden plan. Vertically growing plants take up less space in small spaces. They can breathe life into built-up areas, while also acting as a noise and privacy buffer between you and your neighbours. Wisteria plants, Bougainvillea and Star Jasmine are three types of climbing plants that can add pops of vertical colour to your garden.

Keep It Clean!

To help make a small backyard feel open and inviting, it’s important to keep the space clean and organised. Just a small amount of clutter in a confined space can quickly create a chaotic feeling. Try to streamline the number of pots and furniture and instead strive for a more minimalist approach.

Patio with table and chairs on grey concrete pavers

Natural stone paving, by Remastone

Utilise Garden Edging Options

Incorporating garden edging into an outdoor space can significantly change the look and feel of your backyard. Edging can be used to create well-designed lines between garden beds, lawns, paving and shrubbery. Providing practical benefits and visual interest, garden edging will help keep your outdoor area looking well-maintained and give the space a cleaner, more manicured look.

Remastone Limestone used as Garden Edging

Remastone Limestone used as garden edging in a Perth home.

Need Help Creating Your Vision?

At Remastone, we offer a large range of pavers, limestone blocks and limestone garden edging that are perfect for use in small outdoor spaces. If you have a vision in mind and need help with creating garden features that will work within your space, visit our showroom or contact us today.