Small Spaces, Big Statements!

by Amanda

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!

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  1. Purple Lavender Superblue, Lavandula angustifolia

    SuperBlue' is a compact and fragrant Lavender plant that tops out at 12", making it a perfect choice for edging walkways and setting into patio containers. This English Lavender...

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    SuperBlue' is a compact and fragrant Lavender plant that tops out at 12", making it a perfect choice for edging walkways and setting into patio containers. This English Lavender is fairly tough, withstanding drought and overwintering reliably in all but the coldest zones. Rich and saturated, 'SuperBlue' produces blooms that are tighter together, delivering more color and fewer airy gaps. (Lavandula angustifolia)
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  2. Elijah Blue Fescue Grass, Festuca glauca

    'Elijah Blue' Fescue Grass is one of the most popular, no fuss ornamental grasses. Low growing in tight mounds with fine silvery blue-green foliage, plant 'Elijah Blue' in borders, r...

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    White Flame® Phlox White Flame® Dwarf Garden Phlox PP#16,259 Phlox paniculata White Flame®
    $9.98 Sale $6.49
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    White Flame® Dwarf Garden Phlox offers all of the flower power of its bigger cousins, but in a compact, manageable size. In mid-to-late summer, pure white panicles of star-shaped blossoms top the strong 12-18” stems, attracting butterflies, bees, and moths. The deep green lanceolate foliage of White Flame® provides a backdrop for this native stunner, and shows strong mildew resistance. Pure white flowers on tall stems make beautiful cut flowers, and deadheading will encourage more blooming. An excellent option for small gardens and tight spaces, or anywhere you’d like to add a bright spot in a sunny garden! (Phlox paniculata)
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