April 13

Ideas for a small garden

Created by Anna Kapuvari

How to Make the Most of a Small Garden

A few tips what you can achieve in your small garden


  • Plant some Salvia ‘Caradonna’ in a small border or planter because of its long bloom time and the vertical interest it adds. It will keep blooming for years if you just remove the spent flowers.
  • The dried seedheads of Aquilegia varieties are attractive even after the flowers have faded, and they make a pleasant rattling sound when the wind blows through them.
  • Geranium ‘Rozanne’ is a hardy, long-blooming, trailing plant.
  • Small, compact, and evergreen Pittosporum tobira ‘Nana’ is a great substitute for box balls (as boxes are hard to keep healthy nowadays, prone to disease)
  • The small Amelanchier lamarckii fruit tree. The multistem varieties are a great choice for a compact garden because they do not spread too quickly, they bloom in the late spring, and they bear delicious berries in the summer (if you can get to them before the birds do) In the fall, it turns beautiful shades of red and orange, and in the winter, it becomes a sculptural focal point.

What to avoid:

  • It can be difficult to enjoy the benefits of a large room when it is filled with too many different textures and colours.
  • The same holds true for a product’s feature set; if there are too many options, it may be better to pare them down and focus on those that users will actually benefit from the most.
  • Avoid boring one-level designs by adding height variation, even if it’s just a raised bed. Grow some climbing plants, twisting grapevines, and other such things to add atmosphere and privacy using the vertical plane by attaching them to overhead beams or constructing a small pergola.

How to enlarge space:

  • Mirrors are a great addition to any garden because they reflect light and give the illusion of more square footage if placed strategically.
  • Many common shrubs and trees can now be purchased as dwarf varieties, meaning you won’t have to give up your favourite plant just because of space constraints.
  • Increasing your available growing space can be accomplished by taking advantage of vertical surfaces, such as by constructing raised beds, pergolas, or wall-mounted boxes.
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