You’d love to grow some vegetables or flowers, but worry that your small patio, porch or apartment balcony won’t accommodate a garden. Good news! Gardens come in all shapes, types, and sizes. Discover a few hacks for creating a beautiful garden in a small space.
Start a Vertical Garden
A vertical garden is just what it sounds like. It’s a garden that grows upward instead of spreading out over the ground. You have a few types of vertical gardens to consider.
Create a Pallet Garden
A pallet garden can either be freestanding or lean against a wall. You’re likely to find a wooden pallet for free at a garden store or the grocery store. You may even have a pallet tucked away in your shed. Plants with shallow root systems are your best bet for this type of garden. Each level of the pallet can hold different types of herbs. Parsley, basil, rosemary, baby kale, bush beans, and dwarf peas are all good candidates to get your pallet garden off to a great start!
Add a Lattice Plant Hanger
If you like the look of a traditional lattice, this may be the option for you. Clear some space in your garage or garden shed to put together a simple wooden lattice, or if you’re not a do-it-yourselfer, simply purchase a lattice online. The first step in the process is to attach the lattice to a wall of your patio or balcony. From there, hang a gathering of small, lightweight pots on the lattice. You can use zip ties to secure the pots or purchase special hangers designed for the task. Make sure you put your lattice in a place where your plants will receive adequate sunlight. Pansies, petunias, marigolds, and gerbera daisies are all lovely flowers for a lattice plant hanger.
Hang Your Plants
Fastening hooks to the overhang of a patio or porch is an easy way to set up a garden. You can even hang pots on a porch or balcony railing. Choosing a variety of hanging plants in different colored pots adds a lot of interest to the area. Consider making a unique basket planter to throw some more creativity into the mix. Taking down plants and putting up new ones is quick and simple whenever you want to refresh the look of your garden. Ferns, ivy, fuchsia, and lobelia are all excellent options to grow this way.
Try a Container Garden
Container gardening gives you lots of opportunities to be creative, and this type of garden can be as simple or as elaborate as you want. Stop by a few thrift shops to look for unique flowerpots of varying sizes. Line them up on the worktable in your backyard shed and transplant flowers into them. Once again, make sure you arrange the flowers on your patio or porch in a way that ensures that they’ll get the proper amount of sunlight. Petunias, impatiens, hydrangeas, zinnias, and some perky geraniums all look right at home in a container garden.
I hope you enjoy the fun and creative challenge of making a colorful, imaginative garden in a small space. Thanks for reading. – Alan