Wouldn’t you love to try out some unique container ideas for your small space garden? I was able to find a few new ideas at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show last month. Visiting garden shows are the best way to find inspiration for the garden.
I love this use of mason jars planted up with spring bulbs. Why not use this creative idea on a wall, fence or in a courtyard? It would require careful watering since glass containers have no drainage. To solve that issue it could be placed under a roof eave or on a front porch. You could change out the glass containers for simple but colourful pots to give the display a pop of colour. You could even use the mason jars as vases and add cut flowers from the garden.
I saw wooden crates for sale at the garden show and hesitated buying some. Now that I have seen this vegetable planting in a crate, I need to create one for my garden. Not only is it small enough to fit in a corner of a patio, it should be placed near the barbecue area so you can snip herbs and veggies for dinner. Imagine how that would impress your guests!
I love old washtubs and this mixed planting of flowers shouted out spring is almost here. Here Fritillaria takes centre stage with Narcissus on the sides and Hellebores in front.
How about this cute twin planting of dwarf Iris? I can think of lots of plants that would look great in this basket. From early blooming Primula to annual Geraniums, there is a flower for each season. The Iris can be moved to the garden when finished blooming and new plants can go in to complement the season.
When looking for ideas for small garden spaces, you need think vertical to maximize your growing space. These clay pots are not only rustic looking but give some height to a planting of strawberries. I would add a trailing plant and a small evergreen to have year round colour.
Imagine having a rock wall like this on your patio with its interlocking rocks and collection of planters. If this collection of plants had been in my garden it would be on the ground and looking like a big mess. Here it looks like a prized collection of plants. Being able to lift and meet the viewer’s eyes makes all the difference here. Of course, the background of large evergreens is a borrowed landscape giving us depth. I saw this patio garden at the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden in Shoreline, Washington. If you ever get a chance to visit this garden, take a tour to hear the history.
I would be remiss if I didn’t share this cute garden shed seen at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show. Inside is a cozy bed to take a nap if you please. After all, gardeners do need to put their feet up once in awhile. The planters on the front of the shed can be filled with edibles or flowers, it’s up to you. This would be a great addition to any small space if you have the room. You could even place a table and chairs inside instead of a bed. Treat it like a mini getaway for a romantic dinner for two.
For more small space garden ideas check out ‘Thinking Out of the Box in Small Gardens”