Great things can be done in front of your house and in your back garden, regardless of how small the space is.

You might believe that there is no place for grass if your garden is small – or because you live in an apartment. Yes, even if your “outdoor space” is a balcony in an apartment or flat. Let’s face it, nothing says “outdoor living” quite like grass.

Although with a small space and a busy lifestyle, many find the solution is to opt for artificial grass. Here are some ideas.

1. Grass establishes the scene

The luxuriant green and artificial turf texture are a great basis and contrast for any additional colour and textures you choose for your room. Make it the classic centerpiece, with plant borders all the way around the perimeter. Plant fake grass to one side or in a corner to give the impression of a separate room. Keep in mind that your grass can be any size or form you like.

2. Draw up a “destination”

Artificial grass with wooden table and chairs

Build zones in your space with hardscapes and plantings. Even if your garden is limited, you can create a pleasant reading corner with a comfortable chair and side table, a dining spot for two with a table and chairs on the grass, and so on.

3. Use colour to create depth.

You’re probably aware that tall plants should be placed in the back and smaller plants in the front. However, if the plants in front are a brilliant colour or stand out against the background, it gives the appearance of more depth.

4. Take a vertical approach

Plants having a narrow upright habit, such as columnar evergreens, tall grasses, or other plants with a narrow upright form, benefit in two ways. Because of their height, they draw the attention upward, making your little garden appear bigger. Their small “footprint” also frees up additional space on the ground for artificial grass, a compact fire pit, or a small seating area.

Artificial grass in modern garden with raised beds

Spread shrubs or small trees and vines on trellises offer a completely distinct vertical view along fences or walls. Vertical planters can be made from nearly anything to hang up or install them on walls. If you have a strong overhead structure, such as a pergola, hang up colourful baskets at various heights.

5. Rising beds are very eye-catching.

To develop an area in your garden, use rock, brick, wood or stone. It can lift your garden area, a courtyard or terrace, or build up beds for plantings next to your grass. Make the edges large enough to double the elevated beds as bench seats. Add a whim by covering the sitting surfaces.

6. Make walkable areas greener

Artificial grass with concrete pathing slabs

To create a seamless transition from your driveway to the front door, utilise flagstones or individual pavers surrounded by faux grass instead of a paved walkway. Alternatively, at the back, make a similarly smooth walkway-to-patio connection. The effect is visually appealing while remaining uncomplicated, making it ideal for compact areas.

7. Use the little thing

You must not fight the limited dimensions of your garden by attempting to make it look bigger, instead, you can create a peaceful, minimalist room. Just build the groundwork for your artificial grass. Only a few plants and only one or two hues are needed to make a big difference. Put them as a focal point in one area, or arrange them in pots leading the way to a little elevated deck area or patio.

Small gardens may still incorporate real grass, as it doesn’t need to be expensive if you buy grass seeds instead of lawn turf. Everything is a question of taste, the amount of room you have, and your budget.