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Containers and Trellises Expand Small Garden Options

Green Circle Growers - Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Small garden spaces can be expanded by using containers to create additional planting areas or by using trellises to make use of vertical space. When planting small gardens, select plants that will provide multi-season displays, and consider foliage as well as flowers. Plants that flower, such as Heuchera, commonly known as Coral Bells, and Hosta, or Plantain Lily, provide beautiful foliage from spring through fall.

Arranging Your Plants

Planting flowers in tiers with tall plants at the back and short ones in front makes effective use of small garden spaces. Trellises can also be used to expand gardens vertically. Lilies are among the many plants that are effective in small gardens. Perfect in tiered plantings, these hardy growers come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Majestic Canna Lilies (Canna) with their huge leaves and flowers provide a bold backdrop for elegant Asiatic Lilies (Lilium) and other mid-size flowers. Low-growing Hemerocallis Daylilies (Hemerocallis) are an excellent choice for border plantings or filling in under taller plants.

Options for Beautiful Aesthetics

When space is at a premium, container gardens are an effective way to bring plants onto patios, decks, porches and balconies. A series of potted herbs climbing the stairs of a back porch is both attractive and handy for spicing culinary creations. You can combine several plants in a large container, line up identical pots of similar plants along a patio wall or create an interesting grouping using various plants in pots of different sizes. Your small gardening options are only limited by your imagination!

For more tips on creating a small garden, check out our tips from last week.

Image: David Paul Ohmer