This is the 3rd post in the Patio 101 series. In case you missed them you can find the other articles at the end of this post! Today, I wanted to bring you some clever small space garden ideas to make the most out of your outdoor space, however small it might be.
As much as we might daydream about it, we don’t actually have a sprawling garden with a vegetable patch and a koi pond. Should that stop us from trying to bring in some greenery? Of course not. There are so many ways to care for plants and even grow a few vegetables so read on to find out how to start a small garden, even in the tiniest of spaces!
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Use the walls
When you’re dealing with low space, freeing up floor space should always be your number one priority. Using walls, ceiling and tabletop allows you to set up a functional seating and eating area in your outdoor space without it looking crowded with pots and planters.
Hanging planters bring a touch of boho. If you don’t have a solid overhang, hang them from the wall instead of the ceiling or use wall sconces. You could also attach a railing onto the wall and hang plants from hooks. Place the plants at the same height to create a faux window box or hang them at different heights for a living wall aesthetic!
If you’re living in a rental and can’t drill holes in the wall, invest in some railing planters. They’re perfect to create a mini veggie garden, I’ve been growing salads and dwarf tomato bushes in them for years. Bonus: when the plants grow, they act as a privacy screen preventing people from looking into your balcony!
- Terracotta hanging planters – CB2
- Brass railing planter – Amazon
- Wood bead hanging planter – World Market
- White & gold sconces – Wayfair
- Set of 3 hanging planters – Anthropologie
Needing floor space is the biggest gardening fallacy there is! Vertical gardening is much more efficient and sustainable. When you grow plants vertically, you water the top and let the water trickle down to feed all of the plants, so no water gets wasted. Tower gardens tend to conserve water better meaning you have to water them less often. Good for your wallet AND the Earth!
For small garden ideas on a budget, try out stacked pots to build a herb garden with a tiny footprint or hang a pocket garden on the wall to completely free up floor space.
If you can spare a few square feet, a planter box with a trellis is a great idea to have the best of both worlds. Grow bushy tomatoes in the box, let vines like peas and beans climb up the trellis and add some pots hanging from hooks to grow kitchen herbs and salad greens!
Create a Planter Garden
If you have a bit more space, using wooden planters is a great way to create a lush garden look, without, you know, having an actual garden!
To maximize the space, invest in an elevated garden planter with a lower shelf. For the sacrifice of a few square feet of precious outdoor space, you’ll be able to grow vegetables at a convenient height and store your gardening tools neatly below! It’s also a good idea to elevate your planter if you have a curious pet…
If you’re an enthusiastic plant parent (guilty!), you’ve surely dealt with the “spring dilemma”. Most of your indoor plants benefit from being placed outdoor during the sunny season – but where? For those reluctant to give up half of their patio to their plant babies, try out a plant shelf. Your plants will get to bask in the sun (and look good doing it!) while you can still enjoy your outdoor space.
When the space is very restricted, think tiny city balcony, you might feel unable to implement any garden ideas. Don’t despair!! If your outdoor space is super tiny, carefully select a few planters that pack a visual punch.
Pedestal planters are a great way to create some vertical lines and bring the eye up, all while occupying a small footprint. If your balcony has a window sill, it’s the best place for a gorgeous planter: you’ll get to admire it from both inside and outside!
For those who managed to fit in a table set, use that tabletop for the greater good. You might not much space to express your style in a cramped space so try placing a small but eye-catchy planter on the table.
- Tall white planters – CB2
- Blue & white striped planter – World Market
- Elephant planter – Anthropologie
Find other Patio 101 posts here:
- Ideas for Outdoor Seating
- Patio Set Up Ideas to Create an Outdoor Eating Area
- Small Space Garden Ideas