Big backyards are getting harder to find in Sydney as high density leaving takes over. Thankfully landscape designers are mastering the art of making small outdoor spaces feel just as great as an expansive garden.

Here are just 9 of the landscape designers tackling Sydney’s small outdoor spaces making them the perfect garden retreats.

1. Harrisons Landscaping

Clovelly Courtyard

The award winning team at Harrisons Landscaping work throughout Sydney, but have a particularly good eye when it comes to small courtyard gardens.  This property in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs ticks all the right boxes when it comes to entertaining and living life outdoors!

2. Think Outside Gardens

Paddington courtyard

Small outdoor spaces don’t seem to faze Think Outside Gardens who have become experienced at injecting greenery and colour into even the tiniest of areas.  This courtyard in Paddington is only 3 x 5m and is now a useable tropical oasis.

3. Secret Gardens

Potts Point rooftop garden

No matter the scale of the outdoor space, Secret Gardens have mastered the balance between the built form and the soft landscape.  This has resulted in lush gardens that maximise every inch of space, like this courtyard garden positioned on top of a double garage.

4. Adam Robinson Design


It’s clear Adam Robinson’s philosophy of ‘everyone needs their own little sanctuary to escape to’ is applied to outdoor spaces of any size.  His gardens continue to challenge what can be done in small outdoor spaces and successfully transforms them into stylish and practical garden environments.

5. Outdoor Establishments


Being able to make a small outdoor space an entertainers haven seems to be one of Outdoor Establishments talents.  This inner-city courtyard garden has it all including a dining and outdoor cooking space, a lounge area and even room for the homeowner’s car.

6. Garden Life

Inner-city rooftop

Tall heights, lack of water and soil and spaces open to the elements clearly don’t intimate the team at Garden Life.  Their portfolio of rooftop spaces and intimate balconies is a great source of inspiration for those wanting to transform their small outdoor space.

7. Stone Lotus Landscapes

Paddington courtyard

This newly finished inner-city garden is a great representation of Stone Lotus Landscapes ability to make a small outdoor space visually appealing and also functional.  We can just imagine when the bamboo thickens up, just want an impressive garden oasis the homeowners will have to enjoy.

8. Anthony Wyer + Associates

Paddington Courtyard

If inner city sophistication with a touch of luxe is your thing, then Anthony Wyer + Associates are a great point of reference.  This Paddington courtyard is a great example of how limited garden space may be challenging but it can actually work to your advantage!

9. Good Manors

Bronte courtyard

By redesigning this courtyard, Good Manors have been able to successfully integrate a pool without compromising on entertaining areas and soft landscape.  The result – a modern small outdoor space which meets the client’s brief and creates a lush garden atmosphere.