Gardening Ideas for Small Gardens

Updated July 20, 2017

A lot of garden can be packed into a small space, if you plan it right. Even those who live in high-rise buildings with a patio only a few feet wide can wake up smelling roses. Even urban areas, seemingly concrete from top to bottom, can become minute wonderlands of fresh vegetables and flowers. In fact, almost anyone can have a small garden, no matter how limited the space.


Not all gardens are flowers or plants. A rock or sand garden, also known as Zen gardens, can provide all the peace and pleasure of a garden, with little of the ongoing work. A rock garden with a water feature can be a peaceful place to relax at the end of the day. Also, some find it soothing to smooth out the sand, or make patterns in it with a rake or fork, depending on the size. A sand garden is not recommended if cats can access it (crushed seashells mixed in with the sand may help discourage cats and other animals).


If lack of soil is a problem, a container garden can be the perfect solution. In this case, your flowers, plants or vegetables grow in containers filled with soil. Place them in decorative planters or pots, and your small garden can be beautiful, useful and mobile.


Small areas of soil are perfect for planting flowers. You may want all one kind, or a few different varieties to give the impression of a bouquet. You can add rocks and a small water feature for a small and lovely garden.


Vegetables do not always require a lot of space to grow, especially with shelves or container gardens. Hanging planters for vegetables and flowers have also long been favourites of some apartment dwellers who want to experience the vibrant flavour of fresh-grown vegetables and herbs. Though it is not impossible, most tree fruit is a bit more difficult to grow in a small space, because the trees need room. Some small fruits can be grown in containers or limited-space soil. With a little planning and research, you can have the small garden you want.

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Nanette Kelley has been a professional Web writer/editor/publisher and designer since 1998, when she founded an award-winning international webzine, Human Beams, which ran for 10 years. She is now pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in English and writing a book.