Master the proportions
A garden with an area of less than 150 square meters can not accommodate trees with great development. If they are existing, keep them as they are valuable to hide vis-à-vis.
So opt for regular pruning – every 2 or 3 years – to limit their growth. If you have a project to plant, focus on small-scale species (here, a magnolia Saucer).
But the control of the proportions also relates to the materials that is used. To dress the soil such as walls, choose slabs, pavers and bricks, clear colors of preference in your landscaping plans.
Install a vertical pattern
The screen walls and trompe-l’oeil trellises are effective ways to dress a blind wall or the side of a balcony, while facilitating the trellising vines. You can also use woven willow panels or heather heath.
Most spectacular, murals reproducing a garden setting are also a good way to reduce the effect of confinement.
Why not fixing a mirror on a wall? The illusion that the garden extends beyond its limits will be perfect and, to avoid this illusion becomes a bird trap, paste birds silhouettes.
For lack of space, the number of plants is often limited in a small garden. It is therefore important to choose species whose blooms follow one another throughout the year. And select varieties of shrubs, perennials and annuals without forgetting the bulbs blooming from spring to autumn or winter, in order to always have a flowery and colorful note in a flowerbed.
Sheltering from birds-eye views
Birds-eye views are one of the most annoying inconvenience for users of small gardens surrounded by buildings. To reduce this problem and create sheltered hidden from onlookers, plant pergolas, arbors and gazebos covered with reeds, shade cloth or well covering vines: here a glycine.
A Golden hops or a star jasmine also will do.
At these fixed structures are added light and mobile structures such as umbrellas or awnings providing a visual protection that is easy to move.
Protect yourselves from vis-à-vis
To hide indiscreet views from neighboring buildings, place vegetation curtains.
Plant moderate growth shrubs. Choose fallen trees: Japanese maple, alder ‘Raywood’, ornamental cherry, honey locust with its flared silhouette, locust, catalpa balls and maple, forming a compact ball; mulberry plane growing in trays; charm and lime, which support the curtain size. Add Persistent: oak, bay leaf, magnolia with large flowers no more than 5-6 m high in order to have all along the year, a dense, opaque greenery. Contain them by size preserving the vertical branches.
Hide a wall
Climbing plants whose branches reach several meters long have the advantage to dress vertical surfaces without encroaching upon the workspace. For quick and temporary coverage, opt for annual, which have a foliage doubled by a summer flowering.
To sustainably cover a surface in poor condition, opt for climbing plants with twining branches trained on a support. If the coating is solid or the wall is without cracks, use a species with suckers or hooks. Here the wall is covered with Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus tricuspidata).
To overcome the noise and protect from the noise pollution, go for evergreen species (yew in trimmed hedge, laurel, cherry laurel, osmanthus, bay of Portugal), because they are the most appropriate plants to create a thicker and effective sound barrier (minimum 50 to 60 cm).
Planted on the side of the noise source, this curtain of shrubs can be doubled by a wooden palisade or heather heath attached to the fence.
Innovative and compact, the modules planted to fix on a support – green wall type – consist of highly effective anti-noise and decorative walls.