A great past time during the Spring and Summer months is gardening. But what if you don’t have a lot of area to do it? Here are some suggestions for Summer gardens for small spaces. Whether you have an apartment with no outdoor space, or a home with a tiny yard, there is always ways to have your Summer garden.
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Most of us have started pulling out our deck furniture for our outdoor space and are adding plants to make the space pretty. But for those that are out there and don’t have a lot of space in order to plant flowers or vegetables, it can be hard. So one of the first things you might want to try is container gardening.
How To Get Started With Container Gardening
Container gardening might be one of the best things to use for Summer gardening, especially if you are a new plant owner. And, if you are like me, they are great for those that don’t have a lot of time to devote to gardening & growing.
So what is container gardening? It is a simple form of gardening, but a full definition is below.
Container gardening or pot gardening is the practice of growing plants, including edible plants, exclusively in containers instead of planting them in the ground. A container in gardening is a small, enclosed and usually portable object used for displaying live flowers or plants.Wikipedia
I talk more below about the benefits of having your Summer garden portable. But in the meantime, here are some tools and items that you can use to get you started with container gardening.
Suggestions for plants suitable for container gardens:
- Begonias. When my Mother was alive, she was a master of growing begonias. In fact, they looked like small bushes sometimes. But this type of flower is perfect to start with, and they come in a range of colors as well.
- Angelonia. They come in pinks, mauves, deep purple, purple-blues, white, and more. Mix them with trailing herbs for an attractive combination planter. I think the purples are what attracted me to this flower.
- Euphorbia. Its wispy leaves and profuse airy flowers offer a delicate baby’s breath-like effect to mixed pots.
- Hydrangea. These are some of my favorite plants to see in container gardens. The flowers are so pretty, and they don’t usually get bigger than 2-3 feet high. Did you know? Most hydrangeas bloom white or whitish-pink, then turn to shades of pink, purple, lime green, or a combination of shades.
- Pansies. A common flower you will see in gardens, you can plant them en masse in one color for impact, or mix with a variety of later-blooming plants for season long interest.
Think Vertical When It Comes To Summer Gardens For Small Spaces
A vertical garden can be planted with very little ground space, such as what would be available on a patio or a balcony and allows for many more plants that one might expect with such a small growing space. Combine this method with hanging plants and you may find that you have quite an impressive little summer garden growing.
Items You Need To Consider For Vertical Gardening
Vertical gardening isn’t as difficult as it sounds. Here are some ideas of tools you may need to get you started on the journey to growing up.
- A vertical garden area.
- Gardening soil based on plant types.
- Pruning tools.
- Watering can.
- Weed control method.
- Pest control.
If you are handy, here is a great project for a DIY planter box with trellis, which is perfect for vertical gardening.
Another great suggestion for vertical gardening is to use hanging baskets. It can be as simple as adding hooks to a patio roof or even stringing a wash line between two poles.
Choose The Right Plants For Your Vertical Gardening Needs
Not all plants are created equal. Know which plants(flower & vegetables) are suited for vertical gardening, and you will ensure to have the perfect garden.
Some vertical plant ideas include:
- Hummingbird vines
- Vining cherry tomatoes
- Some fern varieties
The great thing about vertical gardening is there are different plants that do well, and depending on the type of area you live, you can find something that works best for you.
Make Portability A Priority When It Comes To Summer Gardens For Small Spaces
One of the benefits of having Summer gardens for small spaces is the fact that you can move them around easily. Bad weather coming? By being portable, you can easily relocate your plants inside until the threat has passed.
And, depending on the holiday season, you can move your pots around to various parts of your house to add a pretty flowering touch.
What Happens If I Live In An Apartment Building And Don’t Have A Balcony Or Windowsill?
First of all, those who live in high rise buildings often feel as though they have no options larger than a window sill for their gardening needs. This is often not the case. Discuss with the landlord the option of establishing raised gardens on the roof top of the building in which you live.
These are becoming more and more popular and some buildings also offer greenhouse possibilities, usage, or space to tenants to satisfy the urge many of us get to give our green (or not so green as the case may be) thumbs an adequate workout.
My Final Thoughts
Do not allow limited real estate to be an obstacle for your summer garden needs. One way to overcome this is to begin thinking vertically when it comes to real estate rather than horizontally. You may discover that you have a lot more room with which to work than you realized.
The important thing to remember is that your summer garden does not have to conform to anyone’s idea of what a summer garden should be. Make it your own and have fun.