by Suzanne DeJohn
If you're gardening in a confined area or in containers, it's usually best to look for plants that are relatively compact as well as those that have multi-season interest. The following perennials are ideal for small-space gardens. They're smaller than other varieties, they have attractive foliage, and/or they have a particularly long bloom period or bloom in two seasons.
Having a small footprint does not limit your ability to make a big statement with plants – in fact, just the opposite! Whether you need to beautify a side bed, patio border, city courtyard, or other small space garden, there are plenty of options for bringing color and mood to your home.
Here, we've gathered our favorite options for compact plants that play nice in small spaces. In addition to these, when you're looking to enhance your cozy garden with container plantings, be sure to view our container favorites here!
Consider these the 'highlights' of small space gardening. Here we show just a few examples of the countless perennials that can make your gardens shine.