by Janice Anderssen, Home-Dzine
Whether you live in a townhouse development or city flat, we offer some great
design ideas for compact gardens.
Originally a fully paved garden was transformed into an urban oasis. Adding
a modern touch to the outdoor space was the main goal for this compact garden.
Concrete flagstones set over the original paving, and the addition of a modern
slat fence, defines the area and adds privacy. The inclusion of a timber storage
bench adds seating and a place to store seating cushions.
Greening the garden via the installation of beds around the perimeter allow
plenty of floor space for outdoor activities. The plants consist of water wise
species such as juniper, sedum, and native ornamental grasses.
Outdoor lighting is provided by the installation of a large stainless steel
fitting that highlights the dining space for night time entertaining.
Wanting a space suitable for two home-schooled children, the homeowners wanted
a garden that offered space to entertain, for the kids to play, and a place to study.
After the renovation the family can enjoy meals from the built-in grill,
while the large planters offer a space for a herb and vegetable garden.
New built-in wood benches offer plenty of seating for relaxation and dining,
plus the benches offer plenty of storage for outdoor accessories.
Informal plantings are sturdy enough to take a hit from a stray ball.
Bulkhead lighting and irrigation complete this low maintenance garden.
Designed to match the client’s colourful home interior, the garden was
transformed into a playful modern space, with a table custom made for
outdoor entertaining – framed with bold, red dining chairs.
The client’s brief required that the mature tree not be cut down and the
old stone wall supporting a large church behind their home remain.
To accommodate this, a custom fence was installed around the perimeter.
Reclaimed bricks were used to create the round brick patio floor.
A shade-tolerant planting of ferns, rhododendron, hosta, and dwarf mondo
grass underneath the tree provide a modern take on the green garden.
When designing an oasis in the city, the space needed to be lush and vibrant.
The balcony garden needed to function as an area for relaxation, outdoor
entertaining, or just to chill out.
The evergreen shrubs and grasses provide a level of privacy, while tall trees
provide shade for the balcony, which is in full sun most of the day. A mix of
water wise plants and annuals were used to create a look that is colourful but
at the same time low maintenance.
This couple wanted a wide open space for 2 children and 2 dogs, the compact
garden needed to be designed to provide as much open space as possible.
Relax seating and braai area were a ‘must have’ as part of the renovation.
The flagstone floor and stacked stone walls give the space a country feel,
as do the vintage-style lights around the area. Horizontal fencing and a
floating bench provide modern, rustic touches and add warmth to the
otherwise coldness of the stone.
The cottage-style planting includes rudbekia, creeping thyme, liriope,
lambs ear, ornamental grasses, and a sour cherry fruit tree.
Needing a garden that would keep up with their busy lives, by moving the living
areas to the centre and hiding an existing air conditioning unit behind the outdoor
kitchen, it was possible to create a seamless modern aesthetic outdoor living area.
A concrete slab close to the house was covered with gravel to allow for proper
drainage, while plantings of drought tolerant flowering perennials and native
ornamental grasses add plenty of greenery. The timber framed wall on one
side of the garden offers a place to grow kitchen herbs and small veggies.
This garden features a fireplace / pizza oven, timber cabinetry, and modern
pergola. Reclaimed tree stumps provide extra seating when necessary.