Ways to Maximize a Small Garden

Ways to Maximize a Small Garden

You don’t have to call expert to design a stunning outdoor space anymore. Even with a petite patch of green, these creative planters, patio decorations, and unique ideas will make your small yard or garden fit for a king. These gorgeous ideas will help you beautify even the tiniest yard.

Container Gardening

Container Gardening - Ways to Maximize a Small Garden

Green up your patio or deck with oversized terracotta or plastic planters overflowing with anything from tomatoes to wildflowers. (The lush lineup here creates a pretty privacy wall!)

Porch Plants

Porch Plants - Ways to Maximize a Small Garden

If you don’t have space on the ground for the garden of your dreams, use porch ceilings to display your plant babies in hanging baskets.

Vertical Planter

Vertical Planter - Ways to Maximize a Small Garden

Not only does this DIY take up less surface area than multiple pots on the ground would, but it can also serve as a privacy fence for nosy neighbors.

Potted Fruit Trees

Potted Fruit Trees - Ways to Maximize a Small Garden

If you’ve got a tiny patio or balcony, you can grow a fruit tree. Calamondin orange or fig trees especially do well in pots at least 1 foot in diameter and 1 foot deep. Just watch out: Choose a variety that can survive at least two zones colder than where you live, because planters will freeze faster than the ground.

Fairy Garden

Fairy Garden - Ways to Maximize a Small Garden

Think small — really small — with this adorable project. Outfitted with a mini birdhouse, rustic stones, and teeny-tiny accessories, this planter is the perfect thing to make with kids.

Potting Table With Storage

Potting Table With Storage - Ways to Maximize a Small Garden

With roomy cabinets underneath, this red cedar piece doubles as a mini garden “shed” for storage. Plus you can hang tools up top so they’re right at hand when you need to do a little repotting.

Mid Century Plant Stands

Mid Century Plant Stands - Ways to Maximize a Small Garden

Amazon shoppers are obsessed with this cute wooden plant stand that can fit just about anywhere. Consider your yard officially Instagrammable.

Companion Planting

Companion Planting - Ways to Maximize a Small Garden

Placing flowers and veggies together in the same beds doesn’t just save space. It’ll help boost your yields and keep plants happy by attracting more pollinators.

Habit + Form Rectangle Trough

Habit + Form Rectangle Trough - Ways to Maximize a Small Garden

If your outdoor dining spot could use a little green, try adding one of these long planters to the table. The cold-rolled steel can stand up to the elements, and succulents will adapt to even the shallowest containers.

Trained Trees

Trained Trees - Ways to Maximize a Small Garden

You can actually prune certain types of fruit trees to grow against a wall, a process called espalier. Start with a 1- or 2-year-old tree and attach two supple branches to the wire about 18 inches off the ground, advises the Oregon State University Extension Service. Then take time as the seasons go on to prune your tree carefully.

Raised Beds

Raised Beds - Ways to Maximize a Small Garden

No room for a garden plot? No problem. This raised garden allows flowers to soak up the sun on top, while storage for tools and accessories can be found down below.

Wooden Plant Display Stand

Wooden Plant Display Stand - Ways to Maximize a Small Garden

Not all scaffolding is an eyesore. You’ll get six levels of greenery and blooms with this stained pine plant stand. It maxes out at 37 inches long, 10 inches wide, and 37 inches tall, and can hold up to 44 pounds altogether.

Repurposed Shutters

Repurposed Shutters - Ways to Maximize a Small Garden

Lean louvers (old or new) against an exterior wall and fill slots with hearty plants such as succulents or mosses. Succulents are nearly indestructible, but can get scorched in direct sunlight, so put them on the shady side of your home.

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