Whether you’re a passionate gardener or have never been green-fingered, having an exciting outdoor space is one of the top ways to enjoy your space in the warmer months and also appeal to buyers when the time is right to sell or rent. Even for small gardens, how you present these can mean the difference between getting the maximum value for your home or being bartered down. 

1. Layers of appeal 

Decking is a great way to maximise your limited garden space by creating another level, especially if situated at the end of the garden to elongate the area. This concept also works when creating a focal point at the far end of the space, such as a water feature, to draw the eye to the garden. Use low planters to create a winding path towards the focal point, to create interest and make the garden seem longer. 

2. Go wild 

Small areas adorned with wildflowers are here to stay. Create eco-friendly miniature insect hubs these with long textural grasses. Living walls, bamboo screening and interesting ‘planted’ walls will create natural-looking spaces of intrigue and corner off cosy areas behind disguised screening. Accompany with woven pots and muted tones to give the sense of relaxation. 

3. Replace low fences 

Privacy is a huge factor for many homebuyers and that doesn’t just mean location. Having an outdoor space that isn’t overlooked by immediate neighbours on any side is important, especially for families who like to spend a lot of time outside. For homeowners with smaller gardens, having this extra security is important to encourage you to want to use the space. 

Fencing at the rear of a property can be a maximum of two metres without planning permission but often homeowners have fences as low as one metre, meaning you’re much more likely to feel overlooked. If you already have the fence posts installed, replacing the panels for taller ones can be a low-cost way to increase privacy. Fencing is not the only way of getting more privacy. Planting hedges, trees and shrubs can also be an alternative. 

However, it is important to note that if the fence fronts a road then the fence height must not exceed one metre. For listed buildings or properties in conversation areas, check with your local authority before carrying out the work. 

4. Enhance your storage 

Storage throughout a property is essential for many buyers but it’s important not to neglect the exterior space too. Not everyone will have lots of gardening tools to store in a large shed, but having somewhere to store extra items makes buyers feel like they have the full package – a great garden and somewhere to store the accessories. Be careful however to ensure this remains proportional to the garden and doesn’t shrink the usable space down too much further. 

Sheds come in many shapes and sizes, including slimline for those smaller outdoor spaces, or outdoor utility chests are an equally cheap and effective solution. If your household bins need to be kept in your garden, a bin store can also help to make it more aesthetically appealing.  

5. Bring the outside in with a garden room 

Garden rooms are hugely advantageous to buyers looking for that additional space to work from home. Likewise, they’re also appealing for those with hobbies that require a studio, inspiring creativity, or to be used as a home gym, where the property doesn’t offer that space indoors. If your usable garden space is small, a garden room may be the best alternative. 

The investment in a garden room is expensive so we wouldn’t recommend people add one just to appeal to buyers, but if you’re thinking longer term and have a meanwhile use for yourself, it is a fantastic addition to bring that garden feel into the home.