It’s safe to say that the recent weather conditions have been a bit of a challenge and have not been the most conducive to being outside! But our recent Get Gardening Weekend has got our green fingers twitching and we’re ready to get back outdoors and start being creative again.

We love all types and styles of gardens and believe size is irrelevant. It’s what you do with it that counts so we thought we’d take a look at what can be done with small gardens.

Small is Beautiful

When space is limited it’s important to make the most out of every inch. Whether you’ve got a patio, balcony or small city garden you can still create a stylish space, you just need a little bit of imagination.

Play with your surroundings. Introduce height and interest with landscaping products such as trellising combined with climbing plants and don’t discount garden structures such as water features. A stone sphere is small and compact and will help create a calming and relaxing environment in any small garden. Be bold with container gardening - which can incorporate anything from beautiful plants and flowers, for a pop of colour, to grow-your-own and full on fruit trees.

And when it comes to furniture you don’t have to compromise on style, you just need to scale it down appropriately. Consider smaller options such as bistro sets or more versatile sets such as the Florence Firepit Set or a Kadai Firebowl, which combines a BBQ in the centre of the table, allowing you to cook, serve and entertain all in one place.

Whether you like to dine alfresco during the warmer months, or simply love to relax during comfortable evenings in the sun with a bottle of wine, don’t let the size of your garden hold you back.  By using a few clever techniques such as sectioning off your seating area or garden lighting you can make your outdoor space the envy of your neighbours.

Sectioning off your area

Sectioning off your area can be as simple as framing the seating area with posts or stakes, which can range from candle stakes to topiary. Or use more elaborate trellising with trailing plants which can be used to create a hidden room and make more of the space in your garden.

Think about how to decorate a small garden

To truly get the most out of those long summer nights you’re going to need a little lighting. This can range from a safely placed fire pit, to candle holders (such as the pretty Smart Garden Cairo Lantern) and solar lighting such as the Eureka Solar Light bulb set, which can be dotted around the garden.

Choosing the best Bistro Set

As with all our furniture we offer an extensive selection of bistro sets so you’re sure to find the perfect solution for your garden. A resin weave set is perfect for the modern garden and contemporary setting and is also the easiest to maintain. Options include pieces, such as the Geneva Bistro Set and the Foxton Duet Set, both beautiful solutions for a small space.

The traditional English garden benefits from sets that are fashioned out of cast aluminium or wood. These include the intricately patterned Florence Bistro Set within our metal collection.

And amongst our collection of bistro sets you’ll find many that fall below the affordable £200 price range. Sets such as these include the Milan Glass Bistro Set and the Porto Bistro Set.

At Bents we believe size doesn’t matter and our solutions for smaller gardens are all both beautiful and practical. Our experts can offer advice and recommendations and no matter what kind of outdoor area you have, by combining garden furniture with clever planting, we can help you achieve a look that is perfect for you.