For the past 7 years, I have had to adapt and limit my gardening aspirations. Rose cottage’s rear garden is a meager 14ft by 12ft in size and the front garden is not much bigger. I love variety in the garden; plenty of colour, texture and scent, so what have I found works in such a small space? Here is a list of plants that you may find best suited for a tight spot to get the most out of your small garden.
Taller plants, slimmer plants can be put at the back of borders for maximum effect in a small garden.
- Bamboo ‘Shibataea chilensis’ – Chinese Dwarf Bamboo
- Columbine (Aquilegia)
- Campanula pyramidalis
- Dwarf Hollyhock
- Dwarf Iris
- Echinops ruthenicus
- Stocks (Matthiola)
- Canna indica
- Verbena bonariensis
- Lobelia cardinalis
- Nicotiana suaveolens
- Evening Primrose
Vertical Space – Climbers
If your horizontal space is a little ‘area challenged’, then make the most of the greatest, limitless expanse in your garden – the sky! A good strong trellis will not only add more growing area to your garden but also add plenty interest and privacy.
- Climbing hydrangea (Hydrangea anomala)
- Chilean Glory Vine
- Black-eyed Susan
- Morning Glory (Convolvulus)
Borders & Containers
Work in miniature. If you have only a limited area for bedding plants, then choose wisely. I’d recommend a mixture of alpine plants and smaller annual flowers.
- Thymus vulgaris ‘Aureus’
- Mesembryanthemum (Livingstone Daisy)
- Begonia Semperflorens
- Dahlia ‘Figaro’
- Impatiens (Busy Lizzie)
- Limnanthes (Poached Eggs)
- Dwarf Aquilegia
- Stonecrop (sedum)
You can always depend on hanging baskets in a small garden…even if you have no garden at all! In my mind, one of the best ways of getting maximum colour in a limit space.
- Trailing Violas
- Trailing Sweetpea
- Trailing Begonia
- Ivy Geranium
- Mini Petunia Calibrachoa
Vegetables for small gardens
You don’t have to convert what little space you have in a vegetable patch. Certain vegetables in the right settings can look great as feature plants and provide plenty of fresh food.
- Potatoes – grow in tubs and buckets!
- Runner Beans – grow up against a trellis, garage or shed.
- Carrots & Parsnips, Beetroot – grow in grow-bags.
- Sweetcorn – use as screening.
- Lettuce & Salad crops – grow in tubs.
- Onions – grow in amongst flower border.
- Asparagus pea – Plant in hanging baskets.
- Strawberry- Plant in hanging baskets.
- Leaf Beet (Swiss Chard) – grow in amongst flower border.
- Chives – grow as alpine or in a flower border.
- Chili/Hot Peppers – grow as container/pot plants (very ornamental).