Trees enhance even the smallest of gardens. Position them well to make a focal point, or use them to block out unwanted views.
If you're not sure where to place your tree, growing it in a pot could be the solution – position it in different locations and take it with you if you move. This is also useful if you need to protect the tree in winter.
If you're looking for something really small, consider shrubs. Many can be crown lifted to give the look of a small tree while being shorter in stature – shrubs to try this with include viburnums, lilacs and elaeagnus.
As for planting, simply follow the easy steps in our guide to planting trees.
Feast your eyes on our pick of the best trees for small gardens.
There are lots of small, slow-growing Japanese maples (Acer palmatum) to grow won't overcrowd your garden in a hurry. The foliage provides blazing autumn colour and grows in an attractive shape. Grow them in a sheltered spot, out of direct sun, or try it in a large tub.
Stewartia pseudocamellia is also known as the deciduous camellia. A summer prelude of white flowers attracts pollinators in their dozens, and is followed by an autumn show of crimson-coloured leaves. An unfussy tree, grow it in a spot where it can't be missed.
Pyrus salicifolia 'Pendula'
Elegant Pyrus salicifolia 'Pendula' has slim, silvery foliage and slender weeping branches. It will tolerate most soil types, as long as it's in a sunny spot. Creamy-white, sweetly scented blossom appears in spring.
Espalier apple trees
To make the best use of space, choose a 'family tree' espalier, where each arm is a different variety of apple. Plant against a warm, sunny wall or use as a garden divider. Reliable fruit supply, great spring blossom, and a compact clematis can even be grown up through it. You could also train them as single cordons or fans.
The snow gum, Eucalpytus pauciflora subsp. niphophila, provides year-round interest, with grey, green and cream patchwork bark and evergreen grey-green leaves, which grow longer and narrower with age. Bears small, snow-white flowers in summer. It will tolerate most soil types, but prefers full sun, and can grow to a height of 8m.