July 5, 2012

5 Tips For Decorating Small Gardens

Not everyone is blessed with a big backyard or a spacious lawn. In fact, not every one of us has a lawn. Some live in apartments or townhomes that won’t have provisions for a yard. This, however, should not put a restraint on homeowners to start, or continue gardening. So for those who are experiencing space constraint, but still want to exercise your green thumb, here are ways on how you can decorate your garden:

Maximize vertical space.

You can create layers of planters and mount them on your wall, or put them on a stand. That way you can plant more greens without occupying too much space. You may also use hanging planters if you feel like putting more plants, but are already lacking available ground. If you feel even more adventurous with your gardening, you can even start planting on the roof of your house, or building – provided that your roofing isn’t too steep.

It’s also wiser to choose garden decors that you can mount or suspend, like hanging birdfeeders, or wall-mounted fountains. For a more creative concept, alternate hanging plants with lanterns or garden lights.

Use smaller pots or containers.

This idea would work great on urban gardens. Smaller pots or containers allow you to have your own garden even if your ground is purely concrete, or you’re living in an apartment. You can even opt to have an indoor garden by using recycled containers such as cans, cups, old kitchenware and jars. Using unique and nice-looking planters will serve as double-purpose decors. Hence, lessening the need to put additional garden accessories and saving more space.

If you’re planting herbs in your containers and would want for people to distinguish one from the other, you can paint the containers with chalk paint and write the herb name directly on them.

Layer your plants.

Place taller shrubs at the back part, and smaller ones at the front. That way, you’ll be able to see the beauty of all your plants. Likewise, you can utilize driftwoods or trees for layering, as you can probably hang, or attach airborne plants such as orchids on the branches.

Use climbing plants instead of crawlers.

Climbers occupy vertical space, while crawlers are hogs of horizontal space. If you do not have a big garden, opt for some climbing roses, ivies or passion flowers. They’re pretty, and they grow vertically. Just make sure that you prune tem every now and then, so that they don’t grow too much and cause clutter.

Use raised plant beds.

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The main idea here is to make sure plants are being limited in their growth and are kept away from walkways, or cleared areas. Not being able to control the growth of you plants will cause disorder in your garden, and will make it look more cramped.

Amy C. Fountain runs a couple of websites about home and garden decoration and promotes the use Japanese Bamboo Fountains and Candle Lanterns. She is also a blogger who is interested in helping individuals in beautifying their homes and gardens.


Phil Goold is a retired landscaper of 30 years. He loves being outside more than anything else, except maybe pie. He enjoys connecting with other landscapers and gardeners because everyone brings something new and fun to the table. Connect with Phil on Twitter and Google+.

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