Home gardening tips and ideas for small spaces

Home gardening tips and ideas for small spaces
You don''t have to live in a Spanish palace to have a garden that impresses.

Grand garden entrances with stone archways and towering pillars are unlikely in private homes when space is at such a premium. These grandiose garden entrances were reserved for the likes of Spanish palaces to impress anyone who gazed upon them.

You don’t have to live in a Spanish palace to have a garden that impresses. These home gardening tips and ideas will help transform your small space into that grandiose garden you’ve always wanted.

Think vertical

Your large apartment or condo may come with a small outdoor area with only enough space to accommodate a few people. This scaled-back amount of room does not mean you can’t have a garden. If you think vertical, you can have a beautiful garden wall rather than a garden sprawl.

Paint your outdoor walls before affixing pots and containers. Consider a paint color that will enhance the pots you’ve chosen to attach to the walls. Now that you’re ready to begin hanging pots, consider their purpose. If you are looking for a little patio privacy, hang your pots across the opening like a curtain. You can vary their hanging lengths for added visual appeal. Don’t rule out using glass jars as beautiful clear pots.

Window boxes are another excellent and easy choice for vertical home gardening tips. Whether in the form of wood crates or large containers, window boxes can be set up to allow maximum growth while taking up minimal space. Strategically stacking them will make the most of your small garden area.

Japanese garden

Ideally, it would be nice to have the extended walkway, koi pond and tea house to call your very own, but creating a Japanese garden can be done with much less space. The idea of a Japanese garden is to create a place of relaxation and tranquility. This can be accomplished with any size of patio space you have.

One of the best things about having a Japanese garden is the lack of maintenance. Aside from a little raking and a light clipping, there really is not a lot of home gardening tips required to keep up this type of garden.

Gravel and greenery, opposed to flowering plants, are two key elements to a traditional Japanese garden. Rocks are used as focal points in this style of garden to represent durability and strength. Choose smooth stones to represent a stream and rough rocks to signify mountains.

Next, surround your rock choices with gravel or sand to represent water. Create wavy lines and circles to characterize water movement. For ornaments, Japanese stone lanterns are used to light the way and create more visual interest in your garden. Regardless of how you choose the layout, the best home gardening tips include keeping your design simple. Avoid adding too many elements and remember that space is essential to creating a proper Japanese garden.