Looking for creative ways to garden in small spaces? Look no further! These five unique garden ideas will help you make the most of your outdoor spaces.
Gardening is a great way to add beauty to our home and to spend time outdoors, but what if you don’t have a lot of space? Don’t worry, there are plenty of creative ways to garden in small areas. Here are five colorful and unique gardening ideas that will help you make the most of your outdoor spaces.
Friends, small garden ideas will work no matter the size of your outdoor spaces!
This is my absolute favorite way to garden! It’s amazing how many annuals, perennials, herbs, and even vegetables you can put in a pot! Planters are perfect for low-maintenance gardeners and people with limited spaces for digging in the dirt.
You can use a variety of containers, including traditional flower pots and hanging baskets. Or find something unique to put plants in. I used a Chinese fishbowl that had been kicking around in my basement for over a decade. It worked perfectly as a planter on our patio!
Planting colorful blooms in containers produces a summer of flowers to enjoy and pick. And an herb garden in a planter is a great way to create a kitchen garden!
Just make sure to choose the right size container for your plants and provide proper drainage.
Our own patio is graced with an attractive assortment of floral container gardens scattered around our cozy seating area.
We enjoy homegrown vegetables, so we plant them in planters. Many varieties of veggies like tomatoes, peppers, beans, and even potatoes can thrive and flourish in pots or other containers.! We’ve even grown bush cucumbers in a pot and held them up with a small trellis. Our pear tomato plant has lots of green tomatoes on it, and we are looking forward to harvesting delicious yellow homegrown tomatoes!
Create a colorful focal point with container gardens, infusing your outdoor space with seasonal beauty. Container gardens offer an opportunity to showcase your creativity and personalize your surroundings. These self-contained gardens will become the centerpiece of your patio, balcony, deck, or garden.
Use Every Space Available In Your Garden Beds
If you have foundational beds or landscape around your home planted with shrubs and other plants, consider adding seasonal annuals or herbs to them. Tuck plants in foundational beds around your home or around any other plantings in your yard.
This not only adds more greenery and pops of color to your established garden but also helps to fill in any empty spaces and create a more cohesive look.
On the side of our home, we planted white geraniums. These showy blooms have the ability to draw immediate attention, particularly when tucked among green shrubs. The white geraniums complement the perennial purple salvia as well as the vibrant red flowers arranged in pots on our patio. The combination of these elements create a delightful red, white, and blue aesthetic we love in the summer.
And as summer turns to autumn, toss the summer flowers and plant annuals that love the cooler weather, like mums, marigolds, and ornamental cabbage.
Pro tip: consider the condition plants like the best. Plant annuals and herbs where they will thrive.
How To Plant Plant Hydrangeas In The Ground And In Pots, Urns, and Planters will help you to plant and care for hydrangeas.
Raised Bed Gardening
I like to think of raised bed gardening as a cross between container gardening and having a big garden in a yard. Raised bed gardens are bigger than a container garden but a lot smaller than a garden in your yard! And that makes them just right for many small backyards!
A raised garden bed allows you to maximize your growing area and cuts down significantly on the weeds! I plant my raised beds intensely and cut the blooms to bring them inside. This not only gives me pretty arrangements of garden flowers but encourages new flowers to grow.
I am a huge fan of this kind of gardening. I like to head out the front door every morning to tend the raised beds. It’s good for my soul! And I’m rewarded for visiting them with a handful of vibrant flowers and blooms to take inside.
Embrace the benefits of a raised garden bed, as it optimizes your growing space while minimizing the most unwanted weeds. And I don’t know anyone who likes to pick weed!
I also like that I don’t have to keep bending and kneeling while tending raised beds. It’s much easier when a garden space is waist high. This is a great way to garden if you have any limitations.
Window Box Gardening
Window box gardening is another way to add some greenery and color to your small space while also enhancing the aesthetic appeal of your home. Window boxes can be attached to the exterior of your home or apartment building or placed on a windowsill inside.
We used window boxes as long planters on a sitting wall on our patio. We opted for these because they were not as high as other long planters we found.
Window boxes instantly boost the curb appeal of your home. Is there anything as charming and welcoming as a display of pretty flowers, vibrant foliage, and trailing vines in a window box? A well-maintained box can significantly enhance the overall attractiveness of your house and let you utilize vertical space.
They provide a brilliant solution for homeowners with limited garden space. If you live in a space with a balcony or terrace, a window box can be your balcony garden! Or in urban settings, window boxes enable you to enjoy the beauty of plants and flowers. Wouldn’t it be amazing to fill a window box with plants that attract butterflies or hummingbirds?
Whether you want to add a touch of color to your home, grow your own herbs, or simply enjoy the beauty of plants, window boxes offer lots of benefits that make them a delightful and savvy addition to any home.
Hanging Basket Gardening
Hanging baskets are beautiful compact vertical container gardens. They add a decorative element to any home. With a wide variety of plant choices available, they can be customized to suit our color palette and style, elevating the look and feel of any outdoor space. They add so much interest that they literally lift our eyes up.
Hanging baskets allow us to make the most of vertical space, particularly in areas where ground space is limited. They are ideal for balconies, patios, porches, and small gardens, enabling us to enjoy the beauty of plants without occupying precious space.
I like to put together my own hanging baskets, like the one above and below, in interesting containers. I choose plants that grow upright, spread out, and like to spill over the edge of the basket. Just like other container gardens, I choose thrillers, fillers, and spillers!
This year we have hanging baskets with strawberry plants in them! Personalize hanging baskets with your favorite flowers, herbs, or even veggies!
EASY CARE TIPS
Follow these tips, and your small space gardens will thrive. These are tried and true garden ideas!
- Choose plants for your garden zones.
- Understanding the sunlight requirements for the plant you are considering and plant accordingly.
- If you are planting in a container garden, window box, or hanging garden, make sure these containers have good drainage holes.
- Deadhead and trim off dead or spindly leaves and stems throughout the growing season.
- Use good quality soil. I like soil that has fertilizer already in it.
- Plants in containers may need to be fertilized since they do not get nutrients from the ground.
- Water regularity, but don’t let a container get waterlogged. Plants in exceedingly wet soil often suffer root rot.
With these small space garden ideas, you can transform even the tiniest of areas into beautiful and bountiful gardens. Embrace the potential of your limited space and unleash your creativity to create a garden that reflects your personal style and brings beauty to your home. So start planting and enjoying the beauty of your small spaces with these garden ideas!