Table of Contents
- 1 Small Garden In A Small Area Of Your Home
- 2 Small Space Gardening Ideas – Making a comfortable virtue out of a cramped necessity
- 2.1 It comes with the territory
- 2.2 Colonies of accessories
- 2.3 The art of small space gardening
- 2.4 Oh yes, the plants
- 2.5 Think About Your Garden Design During The Winter Months
- 2.6 Planning For A Small Vegetable Garden
- 2.7 Ideas For A Small Flower Garden
- 2.8 Window Boxes For Your Herbs And Flowers
- 2.9 A Container Garden For A Limited Space
- 3 Design Small Gardens
Small Garden In A Small Area Of Your HomeSmall Garden In A Small Area Of Your Home
Small Space Gardening Ideas – Making a comfortable virtue out of a cramped necessity
The greatest challenge offered by a small garden space is designed. A small space gardener must also be a decorator, willing to explore subtle and creative ways of expanding the available space. Those innovations don’t have to be significant. If you can deceive the human eye into seeing a garden space that is larger and more intricate than it really is, then you’ve succeeded. Here are some small space gardening ideas that will literally broaden your horizons.
It comes with the territory
Your small space garden design is going to be dictated by the available territory, so begin by examining the grounds. Are there obtrusive landmarks that will need to be covered? Are there non-traditional spaces that you might be able to incorporate into your small space garden design? What areas of the ground are your eyes naturally drawn to? All of these questions will help you formulate a unique garden space.
Colonies of accessories
A basic design mistake often made with small space gardens is thinking in terms of one unified and confined gardening area. Instead, picture your primary garden space as a settlement that can colonize the surrounding area. If that makes you think of Invasion of the Body Snatchers? you might be too paranoid to take up gardening.
Containers are a great way to expand small space gardens. Annual flowers or perennial plants can add texture and color to even the smallest landscape niches. If there’s a large spreading tree near your small garden, you can create a hanging garden space by looping ropes over its stronger branches and attaching these to plant containers.
Fences and walls should also be viewed as potential growing spaces rather than limitations. Some garden vegetables such as tomatoes and beans require staking or trelliswork. A wall could substitute quite nicely, contributing a layered look to your small space garden.
The art of small space gardening
One really interesting way to revolutionize your small space garden is with artwork. That doesn’t mean you have to hang a print of Monet’s Water Lilies on the fence next to your carrots. Garden artwork can include sculpture, glasswork, prisms, mirrors, and old furniture pieces.
If your small space garden contains a natural visual focal point, consider placing an abstract metal sculpture there. Geometric shapes add great visual texture to a garden and enable you to play with a variety of forms.
As Monet knew, light plays an enormous role in the way we visually perceive the world around us. Glasswork and prisms will capture light in a small space garden and spread it around in dazzling fashion. An old-fashioned mirror might sound like an odd garden accessory, but consider how often mirrors are used to make home interiors appear larger. A strategically placed mirror in conjunction with some hanging stained glass prisms would transform your small space garden into a multi-colored kaleidoscope.
Small distressed tables or stools that you find at a flea store are also wonderful small garden space accessories, as are patio tables with ceramic or stained glass mosaic designs. If the width of your garden space is a problem, remember to think vertically. Adding furniture of various sizes to your garden space will create a very compelling tiered look for a container garden. Beauty is often the difference between cramped and cozy.
Oh yes, the plants
All these small space gardening ideas and we haven’t even touched on plants! Plant varieties provide a wealth of options for small space gardeners. Dwarf shrubs are great for covering backyard eyesores. Trying out different plants and vegetables from year to year will help you discover the colors and shapes best suited to your particular small space garden.
Small garden for a limited space. You may not have room for a garden with a variety of flowers, herbs, vegetables, and fruit, but there may be an area where you can place a selection of your favorite growing plants. For example, you may like to include fresh herbs in your meals. You can place a window box garden and pick your fresh herbs when required.
There are a number of options for a small garden. Depending on your space limitations, your options can range from a window box garden or a planter box to a large container garden.
Think About Your Garden Design During The Winter Months
You may be dreaming of having a beautiful garden, but when space is a problem, you may put those dreams aside. A small garden can be a beautiful addition to your home or property, even when you don’t think you have that much space with which to work.
Planning For A Small Vegetable Garden
You don’t need much space to have a great vegetable garden. This type of small garden needs to be well planned out, but you can get some things out of it. Think about the vegetables that you use the most, and then decide how much room you need for each plant.
Tomato plants can spread out in a small garden, but with the right type of trussing, they can grow up instead of out. That leaves room in your tiny garden for a few of these, and perhaps a few other types of veggies that you want to include. Use your space wisely and you will be surprised about what you can fit in there.
Ideas For A Small Flower Garden
When it comes to flowers, you can use a small plot for your small garden and still have something that offers you beauty and serenity. As with the vegetable garden, you have to think about making the most of your space with this type of small garden. Even a plot that is only five by five feet can be magnificent.
You may have to put a lot of thought into it, and you can get some great ideas by looking online or asking at your local garden center. Find out about combining colors and height without taking up too much space.
Window Boxes For Your Herbs And Flowers
When you don’t have even a five by five space for your small garden, you have to think about things like window boxes that can give you a bit of nature when you don’t have a yard with which to work. You can only have a few plants, but you can make this box beautiful. You can use this for flowers and herbs, but it might not work with vegetables.
You may even find a way to have a small garden of herbs that can grow inside to give you the fresh taste for the food that you love.
A Container Garden For A Limited Space
If you definitely do not have space in your yard for a small garden, you can consider a container garden. The size of the container can range from a very small window box garden to a large garden. Container gardens are usually kept inside, so they are better suited for indoor gardening.
Depending on your needs and requirements, you can purchase the size of the container you need. Initially, you could start with a small planter garden, and later you may need to purchase a larger container garden, depending on your space limitations.
You may be living in an apartment and you do not have access to a yard at all, but you still like to have a small garden to grow a small selection of flowers, herbs and vegetable plants.
Growing plants requires access to light. If you do not have plenty of natural light in your home, you can purchase grow lights from your local nursery. Grow lights simulate sunlight. You can place them close to your growing plants and you will notice they will thrive.
As you can see, there are plenty of ideas for a small garden.
Design Small Gardens
Small city gardens are the norm today. Previous generations could experiment with plants and designs in ample space, but our reality is one of careful consideration, great planning and coping with confined spaces.
Often small gardens are courtyards or roof gardens and you are considered lucky if you get to have both a front and back garden.
The upside to our smaller gardens is that you have more control over every aspect of them and are truly able to put your personal stamp on it. Change should not be that difficult and does not have to be overly expensive either and you can go for seasonal ‘themes’, much the same as your home’s interior.
Again, to plan and design first is vital. More than ever you need to consider your home’s character. Look at the style, period, materials and colors to guide you, so that you will end up with a house and garden that compliment each other. Repeat certain shapes, patterns, and colors of your home in the design and thus marrying the two. Also keep in mind sections that receive enough (or not) sun and remember that small, walled gardens may have temperature extremes. Seating areas in the north-facing zones will receive ample winter sun and in south-facing ones, enough shade during summer. West-facing gardens have hot afternoons and gardens facing east receive moderate morning sun.
Good ideas for Small Gardens
1) Match your home’s style, its structural materials, and texture.
2) Create the illusion of a larger garden by concealing garden walls. Plant climbers on trellises and make the boundary-less defined.
3) Pale colors create an illusion of more space, but if you want some vibrant colors, keep these closer to the house, especially the hot colors like red and orange. Keep the cooler colors, like blue, to the back.
4) Small flowers, foliage, and plants suit these smaller scales better.
5) Add interest through changing levels and include vertical interest in the form of pergolas for instance.
6) A path that grows narrower as it leads away from the house makes the distance seem much longer.
7) Adding a mirror to the garden can literally double up your space.
8) Hedges adds mystery, makes you want to see beyond and help create different ‘rooms’.
9) Get a professional to paint a mural on your boundary wall (s).
10) Evergreen plants are more important than ever.
11) Try to keep using pots and furniture of the same material throughout. For instance, if you have a majority of cement pots, stick to them only.
Balconies are the fate of many a gardening enthusiast. Luckily, with a little determination and patience, you can transform a soul-less balcony into your own little kitchen- or ornamental garden. Herbs, vegetables, and even fruit trees can be grown in containers – like a lemon tree, which is ornamental too. Growing a creeper up carefully positioned lattices will both protect from wind and add to privacy. A small water feature will help combat against noise and add a hanging basket or two for height interest. If you have a love for water plants, do not despair. Make your own mini-pond by using half of a prepared wine barrel. Make sure it got swollen properly and is leak-free. Fill it with water, add your plants and Bob is your uncle!
Many gardens nowadays are long narrow sites, and sadly many gardeners see no other option but two long narrow beds. You may want to divide this space into ‘rooms’. By doing this you can create separate areas for different purposes, ‘theme’ them accordingly and achieve a sense of more space. A good idea is to use evergreen hedges, low or high, to create these zones. By creating terraces around these spaces, you immediately add ‘movement’ to the whole area.
One of these ‘rooms’ could become an entertainment area. The next time you invite people over for lunch and their, or your, little ones are once again over excited and oh-so-curious about your treasured collectibles, you will be grateful to go alfresco! Get some good quality collapsible furniture that can be folded and packed away after use. Getting the area around the barbeque or sitting area paved is practical but make sure it is smooth and friendly to high heels or wobbly little legs.
Ensuring a sense of privacy is another challenge, not to mention noise blocking. Our spaces are often so small nowadays that your intention may have been a relaxing hour in your garden but the outcome was listening to the neighbor’s radio. Unfortunately, only a great density of plants will make any difference to noise levels, but the visual interest will not only distract you from the noise but also make it bearable. Incorporating a water feature is a good idea due to its calming effect and can act as ‘grey noise’. Trees, climbers, pergolas etc. will take care of visual privacy and these can be chosen for specific ‘rooms’ if space does not, for instance, permit tree planting throughout. Keep the sun in mind – you do not want privacy and no sun! – and make sure your tree planting is at safe distances for the roots to spread.
The romantic garden is often reasonably private because of its unrestricted mass planting, scrambling roses, nooks, and crannies. However, beware, these gardens demand more maintenance than meets the eye! But then, work in a romantic space is… well, romantic! Add enough secret seating areas (ideally under a jasmine or honeysuckle pergola) to rest and daydream.
Knot- and pattern gardens can require less maintenance, apart from some pruning. They fit snuggly into small spaces and look good throughout the year with frameworks of neatly clipped hedges for cascading perennials. For many, a hedge brings forth the image of closely planted conifers. While this is certainly an attractive image, do not attempt it in tiny spaces. These cone-shaped plants will take up so much valuable space you will end up with little else. Paths of gravel or paving are often included.
When selecting plants for your small garden, remember that balance is the keyword, whether symmetrical or asymmetrical. Some owners of small gardens prefer to ‘go green’ or white. Where the whole color scheme is controlled. This is not necessary, although very attractive, avoid the Smartie-box look.
The aim is to create an intimate, peaceful space…. to enjoy it, use it and treasure it!