Making the most of small space
Consider containers, color in small yards
For gardeners everywhere, finding enough landscape to start your dream garden is often a big hurdle to clear. Unless you live on a farm or own a large amount of property, your landscape is likely more limiting than you’d prefer.
But a lack of landscape doesn’t mean you can’t have the lush garden you’ve always dreamed of. Instead, it simply means you’ll have to pull a few tricks out of your gardener’s cap to get the most out of the land you do have.
• Use containers: Container gardening has grown especially popular in recent years, as the size of most people’s yards has shrunk thanks to more building throughout the country’s suburban neighborhoods.
Plant whatever you’d like in containers, which take up less space than a traditional garden and also offer more flexibility, as the containers can be moved around at will.
Containers can also be moved around for parties or placed at different places in the yard if you’d like your landscape to have a different look every now and then.
• Consider the color: Much like the paint you choose for a room can give the illusion of that room being bigger or smaller than it really is, the color of your garden can offer a similar illusion.
The color blue is known for making gardens look larger than they are, so keep these cooler colors at the back of the garden to give the impression that they are more distant. Consult with a local gardening professional, be it your landscaper or a salesman at a nearby gardening supply store, for advice on which plants will best match your needs.
• Build up, rather than out: A raised bed for your garden won’t take up as much space, but will still allow you enough room for an attractive, landscape- complementing garden.
Some can even be built atop moveable structures, making them similar to container gardening with respect to their flexibility.