Small-Space Gardens


Beautiful gardens don’t require a big yard or massive property. Even balconies, patios, decks, and rooftops can house stunning plants and gardens. This issue focuses on pockets of space and inspiring examples of what gardeners can accomplish there. Filled with easy projects, plant recommendations, hardscape solutions, and more, the issue will help any gardener create a beautiful garden no matter where they live.

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1 min.
live large!

Dare to do it. Dare to fill those barren nooks on your balcony or patio with blooms and swaths of green foliage. Dare to plant out your cramped garden and make it into something worth showing off. With smart plant choices, big containers, trellises, and hanging pots, you can create a lush garden almost anywhere, and Small Space Gardens magazine will show you how. Start with our list of eight strategies for dealing with tiny gardening situations (page 8). Next, savor the gorgeous solutions other gardeners have mastered, such as maximizing a miniscule front yard (page 20) or establishing plant nooks in a rental property (page 40). Something to aspire to! Dig into our practical advice for amazing container gardens and creating outdoor privacy (page 108). As a bonus, our…

1 min.
show us your garden

TIPS FOR MAKING A GOOD ENTRY • Send photos from only the one best season in your garden. • Take your photos on a slightly cloudy day, or in the morning or evening. • Show us the whole garden—don’t send close-ups of flowers. • Limit your photos to the best ones—it’s not necessary to send more than 20 photos. GUIDELINES Only amateur gardeners are eligible for awards; participants cannot earn their living from gardening, landscaping, or interior design. Gardens that have received other national gardening honors or awards, or have been featured in a national magazine, are ineligible. Please retain an original copy of your complete entry for your records; materials will not be returned. Images from entries may be shared online. WHAT TO SEND Send us your name, address, email, and telephone number, as well as color…

2 min.
8 strategies for small-space gardening

#1 GO VERTICAL! Use elements to draw the eye upward, rather than outward, creating the illusion of more space. Trees, a trellis, arbor, or tall planter will all bring up the gaze. When you accentuate the height of an outdoor room, the sky is the limit! #2 RELY ON CONTAINERS Potted plants bring the garden to a patio or deck but don’t go overboard. Avoid crowding your location with too many tiny pots that get in your way. In a small area, set clusters of pots where people won't trip over them. Use tall planters to ease transitions between a wall and the ground and keep the design dynamic. #3 SCALE MATTERS When selecting trees and shrubs for a petite landscape, look for compact varieties that will be in scale with their surroundings. The same…

4 min.
room for outdoor living

If you build it (seating areas, fire pit, outdoor kitchen, and game area), they will come (to drink tea, warm their toes, eat dinner, play Ping-Pong). Sacha McRae, owner of Living Gardens Landscape Design in San Clemente, California, has carved her compact yard into a series of outdoor rooms using environmentally conscious materials and drought-tolerant plant species. Shortly after moving into her tidy, mission-style bungalow, she and her husband, Rob, cleared away the overgrown cacti and mesquite. She installed rainwater collection and permeable surfaces such as gravel and“green seams” to filter and clean rainwater. “We live so close to the ocean,” she says, “that cleaning water before it flows into drains is important.” Her handy husband built a wood deck for a seating area in the front yard; an adjacent seating area…

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how to design & care for a container garden

MADE FOR SHADE Plant shade-loving growers in areas that get less than 4 hours of direct sunshine a day. Part-shade plants need 4–6 hours of direct sun.…

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maintaining container gardens

GENERAL CARE Remove dead flowers and leaves from the soil surface regularly to reduce the chance of the plant fungus botrytis. WATERING Water your containers regularly. Apply water at soil level; do not sprinkle the leaves. Small pots should be watered if the soil feels dry to the touch 1 inch down. In larger pots, water when the top 2 inches are dry. Water slowly until water drains through the holes at the base of the pot. FERTILIZER In spring, add a half inch of compost and sprinkle a slow -release fertilizer, such as Osmocote, onto the soil surface. For ongoing care, water with a compost tea (such as Moo Poo) every two weeks to keep your plants lush and vibrant. In October add a half inch of compost over the soil surface around perennial plants,…