Mak­ing the most of small space

Con­sider con­tain­ers, color in small yards

The Covington News - - Showcase Of Homes - Metro Creative Ser­vices

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.

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