6. Park Slope yards and gardens are akin to medieval cloister gardens. They are inward focused and allow the designer to use certain illusory design techniques. Consider verticality of space. Take advantage of this by choosing several plants, pots and garden architecture that are narrow and tall.  At the same time be aware that you need to strike a balance as high walls around a small space can become claustrophobic.

7. Less is more!  If the given patio space will only fit a table and 4 chairs comfortably, leave it at that.  Adding more furniture will only create a tight, cluttered look. Think functionality and circulation. Custom built furniture (storage benches) affords a place to store tools, hoses and extra potting soil. Less clutter = more open space.

8. Make planters moveable, either by placing casters underneath them or purchasing them of lightweight material.  Planters need to be raised off of most surfaces for drainage.  From time to time you will want to move them to clean underneath.

9. Take advantage of walls!  Place a focal point such as a wall fountain or other object d’art. Famous landscape designer Beatrix Farrand referred to vines or espaliered shrubs as “wall coverings”—using them outdoors as one uses wallpaper within interior spaces.

10. Ideas for small garden designs should include low maintenance design. Use drip irrigation on a timer.  A rain sensor should also be considered.

Following these professional tips will inspire your Brooklyn garden design.