Small gardens may lack the number of options for adding structures and planting compared to big gardens, but that's not to say you can't create an attractive and inspiring outdoor space. In most cases, all you need is to follow a few simple rules and add a dash of creativity, and you can establish as beautiful a garden as any. 1. Focus on vertical The secret of gardening for small areas is to capitalise on your vertical space, as this focuses on height, rather than width. Adding tall, lofty plants against structures such as fencing, garages or sheds makes the best use of your space, creating a natural, colourful zone that conceals any unsightly brickwork. 2. Add a trellis Climbing plants, such as clematis or rambling roses, are especially ideal for small gardens, and will happily romp away when placed against trellis panels. A trellis is a vertical structure, so perfect for small gardens, and with so many options and styles to choose from, they can serve as a feature or focal point of the garden, in their own right. 3. Create visual interest with an arch Another fantastic vertical structure that can be added to a small outdoor space is a garden arch. A garden arch can break up or zone a part of your garden, or create an entrance to a pathway. By serving as a focal point, it takes the attention away from the small size of the garden. The beauty of having a garden arch is that you can grow plants and flowers around it, or even drape dainty fairy lights for a stunning effect in the evening. 4. Growing your own Many people like the idea of growing their own fruit or vegetables, but if you've got allotment-sized dreams and only a small garden, realising your ambitions may prove challenging. However, even the smallest of gardens can accommodate a few pots or tubs on the patio with herbs or vegetables. Raised beds, available in a variety of sizes, are also incredibly versatile and economical, and are perfect for growing vegetables in small spaces.