Do you have a small yard, but would still like to have a flower garden? Or, maybe you have a large yard, but only have time for a small flower garden. Perhaps you’re like me and love to garden, so you have lots of different flower gardens both large and small. Whatever the case may be, today I’m sharing some Flower Garden Ideas for Small Spaces.
Whether it’s adding flowers to your front yard landscaping, or creating a small gardening space in your backyard, your outdoor space is an extension of your home. As always, I’m sharing lots of pictures of my home flower gardens with hopes of inspiring you with new ideas, or perennials to work into your gardens.
Flower Garden Ideas for a Small Area
This little garden encompasses a space between our front door and our side door, and it’s square. What do you do with a square flower bed? It would actually be perfect for a vegetable bed because it gets full sun, but I wanted a flower garden between the doors, as a welcome to our home.
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When we moved to our little fixer upper, this area had a huge shrub of some kind growing up over the roof, plus a half dead weigela, a bunch of ribbon grass and croscosmia. It was just flat out ugly. So ugly, that I didn’t even take pictures. Big mistake! Always take before pictures.
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I’ve shown close-up pictures of groupings in this little garden, but never the entire garden. This year it is full and lush, and just about right. Of course, I’ll keep moving plants around, but then I always do.
This small space has all the elements of a perfect little garden to take a break in: a bench, a fountain, and some little solar lights. In a few days the phlox and the Oriental lilies will be blooming, and the fragrance will be heady. So this flower bed is an extension of our home into the outdoors.
What a strange color combination, but this Style Plus Daylily and Pow Wow Coneflower are growing on me. There’s no right or wrong color combinations. If you like it, just go with it. If you don’t like something in a flower garden, you can always rearrange. In the background, the Alexander Lysimachia (yellow variegated loosestrife) has finished blooming, but the foliage remains looking good all summer.
Like most my other flower gardens that are in the sun, this little flower garden includes Daylilies. Always make room for Daylilies! This beauty is called Beautiful Edgings.
In the next weeks, months and years, you’ll be seeing more of this little garden space as it evolves.
Small Garden Ideas – Miniature Gnome or Fairy Garden
Now we’re moving around to another outdoor space, our patio. There’s this tiny little garden area that’s about one foot wide and four feet long between the house and the patio. It had some not-so-great looking ostrich ferns mixed with some awesome Maidenhair Ferns.
I got rid of the Ostrich Ferns and kept the Maidenhair Ferns. I decided early on that this would be the perfect little spot for a fairy garden or a miniature gnome garden. Our grandson thought we should do a gnome garden, so gnomes it is.
A Miniature Gnome Garden or Fairy Garden is the perfect way to have a flower garden in a small space.
The miniature hostas in the photo below are Curly Fries and Blue Mouse Ears. Miniature hostas are excellent plants for small shady areas. And, they are so stinkin’ cute!
The miniature hosta to the left of the bridge is Cameo. That’s Fred taking a break on the bridge.
Adding impatiens to small shade gardens gives some nice pops of color. They can be pinched to maintain their size to a certain extent. The hosta between the ferns is Geisha. I’m unsure of the variety of the low growing ferns. I think it might be Ghost Fern. If you know, please leave a comment at the end of the post.
Do you have the perfect spot in your yard where you can tuck in a miniature gnome garden or fairy garden. It’s a great way to get children interested in gardening and a fun activity to do with kids.
The low hanging Maidenhair Ferns leave a woodsy effect for the little gnome village.
The Hosta in the next picture is Pocketful of Sunshine. See the little maple seedling? I’m happy to report that it did not survive the next round of weed pulling.
Thanks for stopping by Gingham Gardens today. I hope you’re enjoying your visit and are coming up with some Flower Garden Ideas for Small Spaces for your yard. It’s not too late to plant a new flower garden!
Feel free to hang out in the gardens for a bit and check out a few other posts on Small Garden Spaces.
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