Every garden, no matter how small, benefits from having trees that provide structure, interest and a haven for wildlife. There are over 220 dwarf and small trees in this section that have been specially selected for their proportions and will work well within a small garden. If you want trees suitable for keeping in pots, visit our patio trees selection.
With the average garden size in the UK being 14 metres squared, many people consider their gardens small. Trees make use of vertical space that is often underutilised in a small garden. An estimated height and spread in 20 years is given for each variety of tree, making it easy to determine if it is a suitable size. Some trees take well to heavy pruning to further limit their size.
With the average garden size in the UK being 14 metres squared, many people consider their gardens small. Trees make use of vertical space that is often under-utilised in these smaller gardens and there’s so many problems that they can solve. Small trees with airy foliage such as Japanese Maples can add a little privacy in overlooked gardens whilst still letting light in. Compact, columnar Conifers can provide denser screening yet take up little space. Upright or flowering trees bring the focal point up and away from the small footprint of the garden.
If you only have space for one or two trees, consider trees that provide interest in multiple seasons. Some deciduous trees such as Crab Apples and Mountain Ash have wonderfully decorative fruits that follow the flowers. Small evergreen trees hold their leaves all year, with a few varieties bringing seasonal interest with flowers or berries. Consider Arbutus or Cotoneaster for evergreen foliage with berries and Ceanothus or Magnolia grandiflora for evergreen foliage with flowers. Compact weeping trees are ideal for adding drama even when the leaves have fallen, whilst dwarf Birch trees have wonderful bark that looks stunning in winter.