20+ Ways to Maximize a Small Garden

These expert tips will help you beautify even the tiniest yard.

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Try raised beds.

No room for a garden plot? No problem. This blogger’s container garden allows flowers to soak up the sun on top, while storage for tools and accessories can be found down below.

Get the tutorial at Inspired By Charm »


Pile on pots.

Green up your patio or deck with oversized terracotta or plastic planters overflowing with anything from tomatoes to wildflowers. (The lush lineup here creates a pretty privacy wall!)


Build a vertical planter.

Not only does this DIY take up less surface area than multiple pots would, but it can also serve as a privacy fence for nosy neighbors.

Get the tutorial at Angela Marie Made »


Utilize ceiling space.

If you don’t have space on the ground for the garden of your dreams, use porch ceilings to display your plant babies in hanging baskets.


Fool the eye.

By obscuring parts of the yard, a curved ivy fence can visually enlarge it. “You can’t see the entire garden from any one vantage. You’re unsure where it ends, so it seems bigger than it is,” says landscape designer Louis Raymond. ”


Mix and match herbs.

Eye-catching as well as edible, herbs bunched together on a table transforms a small patch of porch into hardworking acreage. Burgundy coleus in a timeworn metal tub provides a colorful counterpoint.


Slot herbs.

Laid flat on the ground, a pallet’s segmented rows are perfect for planting everything your kitchen needs, side by side. (Just check that your pallet is safe for food first!)

Get the tutorial at Repeat Crafter Me »


Repurpose shutters.

Lean louvers (old or new) against an exterior wall and fill slots with hearty plants such as succulents or mosses. Succulents are nearly indestructible, but can get scorched in direct sunlight, so put them on the shady side of your home.


Fill a tub.

To create contrast with terracotta pots, transform inexpensive galvanized-steel washtubs into planters. This long, low oval version, with drainage holes poked in the bottom, shows off a basil crop.


Pretty up a pallet.

Attach clay pots to a pallet with nails and stainless steel cable ties for a living art display that keeps your rosemary and basil at the ready. Space out the pots so your plants have room to grow


Go mini.

Terrariums look exotic and high-maintenance, but they’re actually one of the easiest horticulture projects to make and maintain. We recommend planting fern, moss, African violets, and peperomia.

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Fill up a window box.

You can pack this container fairly tight with succulents, because these trendy plants don’t grow quickly or crowd out their neighbors the way other varieties do. Succulents can even do well in shallow containers as long as you provide good drainage.


Step it up.

Turn a wooden ladder into a space-saving stand for flowers, veggies, and herbs with just a few boards and a coat of paint.

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Use pockets.

Hang an old canvas or over-the-door shoe organizer on a fence or wall, then fill the compartments with dirt and wispy ferns or vines.


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Transport a bucket.

The handle on this vintage toolbox makes relocating succulents to a sunnier spot a snap.


Climb a wall.

Liven up a plain patio wall with a sun-seeking climber, like bougainvillea or sweet autumn clematis. A simple stake in the dirt is all the trellis you’ll need.


Make your own furniture.

This clever table works hard for your yard: Not only is it a neat way to showcase plants, but it’s also a nice spot to place your book as you sip lemonade.

Get the tutorial at Today’s Nest »


Mix in texture.

To create contrast and visual vibrancy, situate curvaceous containers on stairs and fill them with interestingly shaped plants, like scallop-leafed geraniums or spiky, serrated agave.


Fill a birdbath.

Hardy succulents, which stow water in their stems and leaves, will thrive in a shallow birdbath perch. Add pebbles to hold more moisture in the soil.


 

 

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