It’s May and the garden is growing.We don’t have a large backyard and what we do have is made up of a small swimming pool, hard scape and 2 large planting areas. Across our back yard is a 4 1/2 foot tall metal fence that is about 70 feet long. We love flowers and in order to have a profusion of color, we have to plant in containers, which means hayracks, metal urns, even a wrought~iron bably carriage, and ceramic and terra cotta pots. The effect is stunning when you look outside. This year’s flowers are settling in, filling out and spreading. In another couple of weeks, everything that I planted a month ago will be gorgeous. Here’s how our back yard look exactly a year ago and I can show you how to grow a beautiful garden in a small space.
Mary, Mary, quite contrary
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells and cockleshells
And pretty maids all in a row.
Container flowers grown in any garden need the right amount of sun and rain (and watering when it doesn’t) and fertilizing and love and care. Because we don’t have any grass, we rely on the backdrop of trees in the greenbelt behind our metal fence for greenery, planters and hayracks on the fence for color and the pool for ~what? cool blue ambiance.
How to Grow a Beautiful Garden in a Small Space
I plant our hay racks and planters in April, after we are 100% sure that the last frost is over. So I’d thought I’d share how to grow a beautiful garden in a small space. Because when you are fortunate to have something beautiful to enjoy everyday, that’s what you want to do. I spent one morning last week killing 2 birds ~ enjoying the backyard and taking pictures with my Canon Rebel T5. It was part of a photography exercise: spend 30 minutes in one place taking as many pictures as you can.
Let’s Take a Walk Through the Garden
Let’s start with the hayracks across our 75~foot long back fence. We have 8. From shady to filtered sun to direct sun, so we have to select plants with different requirements. For shade, we use lemon drops, purple shield, impatiens, caladiums, begonias, torenia, splash and creeping jenny.
For the sunnier side, I use new wave petunias, dahlberg daisies, melampodium, bachelor buttons, million belles, and other plants I can’t remember the names of.
On the wooden fence on the south side of our yard, we have this planter that I found in an antique mall in McKinney, Texas, with morning shade and afternoon filtered sun plants ~ lemon drop, vinca, purple shield, and New Guinea Impatient. I used sheet moss to line the planter.
We have a “baby stroller” that I bought in Fredericksburg, Texas, years ago. I line it with with a coconut liner on the inside, then sheet moss and chicken wire.
We have 2 of these planters.
Our geraniums look better last year than ever before. Usually, they will be pretty until July, but once it starts getting really hot, they will go away. That’s mint in the white galvanized pan that I found at a flea market . We drilled a hole in it for drainage.
Here more New Guinea Impatiens, double impatiens, and caladiums are doing really well in the terra~cotta planter that I painted.
Our basil is flourishing and it’s about time to make a big batch of pesto.
On the northern side of our yard is the banana tree that Sweet Shark planted 2 years ago. When it freezes, he cuts it back to the ground and in the spring it comes back with more “baby banana” trees. It’s about time to cut a few down. It’s about 8 feet tall right now, but will soon double in size.
I added this grouping by the back door step: a large galvanized planter we already had, a pail that was blue which I spray painted silver, and a watering can I recently bought at a flea market.
In 2 other galvanized pails, I planted lavender.
Outside our backdoor behind the kitchen and breakfast room is a large flower bed. When we moved in the house 4 years ago, there was nothing there except an existing Japanese Maple. Now it provides shade for our leopard plant, hostas, coleus, and mondo grass. In a few weeks we’ll plant caladium bulbs. The stepping stones lead through the flower bed and around the side of the house.
I’ve had these 4 fence sections for years and I constantly move them around. Right now they are protecting some new plants from Lovely Layla, our Lab who likes to sit there.
Wood ferns, hostas, and liriope fill in the plantings. All these are perennials that come back year after year.
Our hydrangea is 4 years old this year. Last year was it’s most beautiful ~ more blooms which are pink, blue and lavender. I’ve never had a hydrangea that had different color blooms on the same bush.
That’s the end of the garden tour. I hope you enjoyed it, and if you have a small yard, be inspired to see how to grow a beautiful garden in a small space. I think I’ll head outside for another leisurely stroll. And then I think I’ll have a glass of sweet iced tea and listen to the birds sing.
Wish you were here.