Potted plants have strong impact in confined spaces
Even the smallest outdoor space can be transformed into a lush, green oasis.
To add interest in small spaces, Charlie Dawson, of Dawson’s Garden World, recommends coloured foliage plants such as cordyline Can Can or Designer Burgundy.
He also recommends growing some potted berries.
“Edible blueberry Sunshine Blue is easy to grow in mild winters and suits pots or tubs, and Strawberry Chandler is a high-yielding variety,” he said.
Another edible idea for small areas is rosemary, according to Ascher Smith.
“Rosemary is easy to grow and just one plant will provide more than needed in cooking,” she said.
“It does well in pots, survives hot summers and has a lovely fragrance in its foliage and flowers.”
Ceri Wagnell says dwarf lemon varieties are great for pots.
“Lemons provide fruit and the smell of the citrus blossom fills a small space,” she said.
Espaliering is also a great option in compact gardens, according to Andrew Beck.
“Star jasmine is a good choice for its fragrance, adaptability and ability to create a blanket of green,” he said.
Mr Dawson suggested lilly pilly Tiny Trev. “(It) requires little pruning or shaping, is ideal for tubs and pots on the patio, hedging in cottage gardens, and garden planting,” he said.
Oakville Crimson Spire is an excellent feature tree for a small space, according to Outside In’s Denise Staffa, while Drew Davey says pittosporum Miss Muffett is a firm favourite for its beautiful green foliage and texture.
Mr Davey also likes the dwarf lime Sublime, which he says is compact — growing up to about 1.5m — virtually thornless and great for growing in pots.
Cordyline Can Can adds a bold element in a small garden.