Whether it’s planting in containers, city gardening, or trying to squeeze those extra few plants in to an existing garden, many gardeners are looking for unique ideas for their small outdoor spaces. What many don’t realize is that there is a large, diverse variety of plants that will thrive in smaller spaces and, when planted together, make a huge statement in any outdoor space! Try mixing a variety of different types of plants together for a diverse, textured look in your small space. Spring bulbs boast bright, full blooms and do not take much space to grow. Try planting Begonias, Dahlias, Canna Lilies and Calla Lilies in your small garden or containers. In the same bed or container, add texture and greenery to offset your blooms by planting foliage plants such as compact Hostas, smaller ferns such as the Male fern, interesting Hens and Chicks, and shorter Ornamental Grass varieties such as Hameln, Aureola, and Nicholas. For long-lasting, dramatic color, plant perennial flowers in your containers or small garden to finish off your unique, vibrant look. Plant perennials that require little room to grow such as Gaillardia, Bellflower, Daylilies, Bee Balm, Sedum, and shorter (wonderfully fragrant) varieties of Lavender such as Munstead and Jean Davis. Gardeners with smaller spaces to work with shouldn’t feel limited in what they can grow. It is as simple as choosing the right variety of plants and really getting creative with the pairings. For information on how to grow vegetables in containers, read our blog “Can You Contain It?” What interesting combinations have you planted in your small space garden? Feel free to leave a comment below! Happy Gardening!
April 25, 2012.