I love small cottages, with their cozy charm, the kind you find in small towns or historic communities within a city. They are so charming, but often are on a small lot with limited gardening space. Also, popular and sought after beach front housing around small coastal communities, marinas, and bays often have compromised yard space due to the compression of building as many homes into small, cozy, or prestigious areas as possible. In our urban communities more and more yard space is limited with the construction of duplexes, condos, and townhouses with shared park-like green space leaving very little plant-able “personal” space.
Fear not! There are lovely solutions for gardeners who want their own garden of creativity. You can introduce container gardens to your porch or patio, or use window boxes for veggies, herbs, or succulent planters, painting them in colors you love to give
them a more personal touch or going for the earthy natural style of metal or wood. If you choose wood for planting, be sure to line your planter with plastic. Rolls of plastic are easily found in the paint department of most hardware stores, as well as nylon screen for the bottom of planters and pots, so you don’t wash out planter mix or soil. If you have space for a small trellis or overhead patio cover, you can have vines or hanging pots for color. A baker’s shelf, often found in antique stores or vintage shops, can provide shelving in a delightful venue for setting pots and planters, or…a simple old wooden ladder propped against a wall or a free standing ladder can become a charming potted plant holder taking up very little space. Just give it an inexpensive coat of paint and select a place in your unique growing space.
Fences can be an opportunity for attaching a plant pocket, or partial rain gutter for herbs, succulents, or seasonal color depending on personal preference and exposure considerations. Also, finding a 3-tiered fountain makes a great planter and can add some height for a unique and creative planting. If you are lucky, you can find one on line that someone wants to get rid of…”what a find”.
Old wooden pallets can become incredible planters for succulents and take up very little space, by attaching ground cloth to the back, adding some potting soil and planting in the cracks, while cuddling in the succulents with damp moss. A simple old wooden ladder propped against a wall or a free standing ladder can become a charming potted plant holder taking up very little space. Just give it an inexpensive coat of paint and select a place in your unique growing space. Here are a few images that might give you some inspiration.
Even a small balcony or porch can become your “Garden of Possibilities”… your “Peaceful Citadel” with a little imagination. I hope as always that I have touched that earthy part of your soul that loves gardening… that transports you to the happy place in your corner of the world you call home. May your creativity keep growing, as your hands keep diggin’ in the dirt.
Till our next visit,