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Small Outdoors Spaces: An Insider Guide

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Despite the ever-fluctuating British weather which can’t seem to make up its mind, it’s still technically summertime which means there’s plenty of time to make the most of your garden – whatever the weather!

Whether your garden is a tiny balcony, a large lawn or a small space deck, Isabelle Palmer, founder of The Balcony Gardener has plenty of ideas. Featured in the September 2015 issue of Elle Decoration, she gives her top tips for planting your own little oasis in her column Insider Guide: Small Outdoor Spaces. She says…

• Compact gardens benefit from a simple design. Stick to a limited palette of three or four colours for planting and use complementary containers. Layering tall plants such as bamboo and grasses behind, with smaller plants like delphiniums or hydrangea at the front, will create the illusion of space
• Improve your view instantly with a window box. Plant it with a mix of flowers to give a natural, organic look that captures the essence of a landscape
• Choose plants that suit your garden’s soil and aspect. For year-round greenery, plant a selection of hardy evergreens, such as laurel, camellia, rosemary and lavender
• Don’t have any outside space? Create mini gardens indoors using terrariums or bowls of succulents, planted with cacti or kelenchoe

And when it comes to enjoying your outside space, Futon Company has the perfect accompaniment…

Outdoor Porta Bed

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Outdoor Roly Poly

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Oak Gaijin Chair

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