Design Inspiration in Royal Oak

Royal Oak is a beautiful city and living here comes with plenty of perks, but unfortunately, the lot sizes aren’t always that big. Highland Horticultural Services loves incorporating big design ideas in small outdoor spaces to help them to live up to their potential. Don’t let your small yard keep you from having a beautiful outdoor space that you’ll enjoy year round. 

We designed and installed the gardens at this property and we continue to maintain them. Our goal was to create a few different areas that feel like private spaces yet flow together cohesively as one. This offers cozy spaces that one can retreat to yet the overall design easily welcomes in a crowd as well.

Container gardens and a seating area adds a cozy space to a vibrant garden

Bright pops of color highlight outdoor seating areas, ceramic containers, and beautiful plantings while a variety of foliage and clean lines create a flowing and cohesive look to the overall design.

A planter filled with flowing sweet potato vines and contrasting annuals offers an attractive way to conceal air conditioning units. We love finding creative and attractive solutions to increase the appeal of an outdoor space.

The homeowner had bright ceramic pots which we arranged to create interest to the porch and surrounding staircase. Some were already filled with plants and then we added bright annuals for additional pops of color. If you don’t have much room in your yard for a garden, utilizing containers can be a great option. They add some fun color and beautiful design.

Side yards are often spaces that go unused. Not here. A magical pathway brings guests past a soothing pond filled with Koi, garden statuary, and perennial plants that add a sense of serenity to the space. The water in the pond can be heard and offers white noise to soften neighboring noise from the neighborhood.

As you enter the backyard, there are places to gather as well as a a private space for a hammock where one can forget all the worries of their day.

Relaxing spaces will make your yard feel like a retreat. People enjoy gathering around the fire pit with fiends and family. A hammock that is tucked away in its own private space is a great way to enjoy the beauty of the garden.

We designed the front of the property to be more practical, yet welcoming. Neatly trimmed hedges highlight beautiful perennials while annuals add a pop of color in a container planting.

A small and easy to maintain garden was added to the side of the driveway to create an attractive shade garden that adds to the overall design.

No matter the size of your space, there are always creative ways to enhance your yard and to create spaces for relaxing, socializing, and for enjoying your special and unique space.

We hope that you have found some inspiration and ideas that can help you to make some changes to your small outdoor living space. Small yards can have just as much character as a large one and with some thoughtful design you can maximize your living space to enjoy for years to come.

If you are interested in redesigning your outdoor space, please give us a call! Highland Horticultural Services is available for consultation, design, and maintenance. To view more of our work, find us on Facebook or Instagram.