It turns out that, with the boom in renting, fewer people than ever are taking an interest in their outdoor spaces – however small and manageable they could be with a little effort.
As a result, Wyevale Garden Centres are sharing their top tips for gardening with limited space, so people don’t miss out on the joys of being green-fingered.
1. Bring the outdoors in
Why should foliage only be outdoors? If you don’t have a garden, or are intrigued by the indoor planting trend, stock up on some pretty pots and quirky succulents. They need minimal care and watering, and will brighten up any small space or windowsill.
2. Citrus injection
Not only do miniature citrus fruit trees look great, adding a cool Mediterranean vibe to a small courtyard space, when given lots of love and care, they can be abundant.
Pot these trees in a large statement planter to give them enough space to flourish. Thriving outside in the hot summer months, these trees love warmth, so bring them back inside during winter.
3. Mini herb garden
Herbs don’t need much space to grow and are a great low-maintenance choice for first-timers. Rosemary and thyme are firm favourites, whilst purple sage adds colour to your practical display.
4. Scale planting
Just because your space is small, it doesn’t mean the plants have to be.
A selection of large plants in bold, standout pots will help make the most of a small garden or courtyard, adding architectural impact and style as well as increasing the sense of space. The areca palm, a large evergreen plant, would work really well in this context.
5. Vertical planting
If your garden is small, emphasise a third dimension – height. Vertical planters can be easily attached to walls or fences and by filling them with plants like ajuga and geraniums, you’ll be making a bright and bold statement.
Alternatively use trellis to train climbers up, which can double as screens if your space is overlooked.
6. Privacy on wheels
Another ingenious way to keep your outdoor space private is to place your plants in containers with wheels.
That way you can freely move your plants around to serve different purposes.
Fill big planters with lavender to bring a stunning summer fragrance to your space, as well as grasses like stipa tenuissima to introduce a romantic texture.
Try placing a selection of small pots, or very chic terrariums, as a centre piece to your dining table or on a windowsill. The plants used in these displays are extremely low-maintenance, won’t break the bank and look great inside minimal contemporary pots.
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