Urban family gardens: how to make the most of a small space
Urban gardens, often small, can still keep everyone in the family happy
Urban gardens, for those lucky enough to have them, are generally small, which means that compromises have to be made on the best use of space. Today, innovative companies are rethinking what is possible with landscaping solutions, thoughtful reuse of outhouse toilets, and clever tricks for hiding children’s play equipment, creating urban gardens that everyone can enjoy. .
Space-saving play equipment for children
Children’s play equipment doesn’t have to be unsightly or huge; on the contrary, it can be both compact and elegant. Plum Play carefully designs children’s outdoor toys from durable wood for toys that will last. Kids will love this cute easel, and parents will love its small size and convenient storage for brushes and paints.
The durable plant pots for elegant terraces
London-based Mexican designer Arturo Soto creates beautiful bonsai pots and stands, using sparkling recycled wood. Bonsai trees can be easily removed from their walnut and plywood homes, making watering them effortless. Soto’s brand, Memories of green, subscribes to a zero waste policy from its woodturning studio in Deptford’s Cockpit Arts.
The portable greenhouse for green fingers
Garden too small for a greenhouse? Try a portable device that doesn’t compromise on design. The Bramber was designed by designer David Le Versha, who brings expertise in building Victorian-inspired iron objects to a beautifully shaped portable greenhouse. Made from stainless steel and aluminum, every detail is carefully considered to ensure ease of use. The glass cover can be kept open in any position and two handles allow the greenhouse to roll like a wheelbarrow depending on whether your plants need sun or shade. Water them by simply pulling up the tilting windows.
Hidden trampolines to delight children (and parents)
Most parents living with small urban gardens will know that there comes a time when you need to decide if you are ready to compromise precious outdoor space on unsightly trampolines. Giving kids years of joy, yes, but potentially saying goodbye to a G&T party in the sun – it’s a tough decision we might not have to make. Sunken Trampolines creates safe trampolines that sit flush with the ground for safety, but can also be hidden away with a cover to match your weed, making the space the perfect place for a barbecue. “The trampoline and the cover can be adapted to the available size,” says Angus Macwatt, director of Sunken Trampolines. “Putting them in the ground greatly decreases the visual size of the trampoline. Many customers are amazed at how much the large trampoline disappears once installed. Any garden can be transformed with a sunken trampoline, no matter the size of the space. ‘
The compact urban garden (which still has room for everyone)
Photography: Rachel Warne
Angus Thompson Design’s award-winning Urban Garden proves that space restrictions don’t necessarily mean compromise. “Like many city gardens, this relatively small space had to fulfill several roles: family garden, access to the working studio, entertainment area and place to relax in the middle of a beautiful romantic plantation,” explain the designers of the garden. Oxford. Adopting a juxtaposition of textures – stone, glass and wood – gives the garden a wilder aesthetic that is often lost in an urban space. “Planted to create a lush forest edge feel, we’ve used cow parsley, ferns and foxgloves to make way for late-season astrantias and divaricate aster in summer, creating a pleasant indulgence against crisp detail and tough, ”they add.
Urban gardens offering space for older children
A 1970s bungalow annex gets a stylish and useful update in this Kingston-upon-Thames garden by architect Stephen Coates. He and his wife have grown children and wanted a space for them, but without having unused and empty rooms for the rest of the time. The new annex, also serving as a garden study, offers the ideal solution – created from prefabricated structural insulated panels and clad in Siberian larch, it makes the most of a small garden space.