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Small Garden Ideas

Small Garden Ideas

Even small places can have beautiful gardens if you plan carefully. Linsey Evans shows you how to create gorgeous gardens by inventing vertical space, making sure all your garden features are multi-purpose and carefully selecting plants.

Even the tiniest space can be a garden, and a cleverly designed small garden can look amazing. The key is to make use of the vertical space. Here are my tips for making use of every inch of space.

If you are lucky enough to have walls in your garden or even a walled garden, you've got an immediate advantage. You can attach wall-mounted troughs. Use the light-weight fiberglass versions.

There are some really nice ones around these days. Plant them with a mixture of plants to give you year-round color. Installing a micro-irrigation system is easier than it sounds and will ensure your planters remain healthy even when you are away.

Trellis is excellent in a small garden. Use trellis close in a mixture of ivies, clematis, climbing roses and jasmine for a year round display of color and scent. If you have a courtyard garden with no borders, use floor-mounted troughs and back with some trellis.

Make use of your fences. Hang baskets and troughs from fence posts. You can also mount troughs along the tops of your fence panels but make sure they are well-secured.

Plant climbers in the base of fence panels and support them with wires or trellis. There are any number of shrubs which will grow much better if they're tied back to a wall or a fence. Things like Garrya elliptica, Fats Head or Lazy Eye, Cyanosis and Itea, that will be really great when they're tied back to a fence.

So, these are perfect for when you have got limited space available. Create more vertical space by installing some uprights. Dig a hole 600 millimeters deep and 300 millimeters square.

Place a hundred millimeter square post in the hole and fix it in with some Postcrete. Now, you have a 2.4 meter high hanger for pots and baskets, more than one in a line and you have the makings of a vertical garden, even if you have no fences or walls.

You can use this method to create a really interesting divider, a single rail pergola or the back of a built-in seat. Make sure that all your garden features are at least dual purpose. A built-in bench can have storage underneath it and a planter along the top of its seat-back.

Actually, that makes it triple purpose. If you think carefully, you can make all your garden elements work harder. Be highly selective with plants.

Make sure that they are evergreen or long-flowering, preferably scented and, if possible, both. Plants that don't perform must be ruthlessly culled. All plants count and there's no room for nursing stragglers.

So, those are my top ideas for your small garden. .