Garden Design for Large and Small Spaces

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Do you have a balcony, courtyard, patio or deck? Having a small outdoor space doesn’t mean that it can’t be comfortable and stylish or you have to forego the pleasure of gardening. Find out how to choose and easily maintain the most suitable plants and containers and control any pests and diseases. Comprehensive course notes are provided.


  • Introduction
  • Function of small garden/balcony/courtyard/patio
  • Analysing conditions – sun/shade, etc.
  • Containers and small garden areas
  • Potting mix/soil and mulches
  • Selecting suitable plants for specific conditions
  • Maintenance – watering, fertilising, pruning
  • Efficient use of space
  • Using colour effectively
  • Principles of design and perception
  • Pest and disease control
  • Individual problem areas/if any
  • Course review

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Assess their sites and have the confidence to choose containers and plants to suit specific requirements.
  2. Maximise available space and make it look attractive.
  3. Maintain their plants to bring them years of enjoyment with the minimum of effort.