Living Large: How to Plant Big In Tiny Spaces
How to Plant Big In Tiny Spaces: It can be a bummer when you only have a tiny backyard to do your gardening in. But just because you have a small yard doesn’t mean you can’t grow plants that are bright, bold, and full of instant appeal. These beautiful plants will grow well in your tiny spaces, creating beauty where there might not have been otherwise. These tiny plants create tons of BIG appeal. Let’s get started.
Hardy in growing zones 3-9 Ajuga is one of the best plants around when it comes to ground cover. Ajuga also does well in hanging baskets, planters, or even window boxes. Ajuga is also great for shady areas of the garden, as it doesn’t need tons of light to grow well and thrive. This pretty plant also blooms come summer!
Though it’s a small plant, Armeria is tough! It can handle a variety of growing conditions, and it does so exceptionally well. Armeria plants grow to be around 6-10 inches tall and will display balls of bloom (like Allium does!) throughout the Spring season. Just make sure your Armeria plants are in a corner of the yard with well-draining soil and tons of sun. This beauty is a perennial, too, so it will come back year after year!
This herb isn’t just for flavoring dishes in the kitchen, it’s a wonderful way to add a bit of color and intrigue to a small corner of your garden, as well. Gardeners should keep in mind that thyme is considered an invasive plant in some areas of the country, so make sure you are planning accordingly. You’ll love the sweet smell of this tiny (but hardy!) plant!
Attract pollinators and butterflies to your garden by planting the small Pincushion flower. Though the flower fits easily in small spaces, the bright blooms are sure to make an impact in any area of your garden. Pincushion flowers grow best in gardening zones 3-8 and can bloom all summer long.
If you love succulents, you’ll love hens and chickens! These succulents are tiny and will actually only grow to be a few inches tall–making them the perfect fit for small spaces in your garden. They look amazing in planters, too! Hens and Chicks will propagate themselves, so you can transplant them to other containers and in other areas of the garden.
Stick Sedum in the smallest areas of the garden, or in the smallest container of your garden. Though most varieties don’t grow to be more than 6 inches tall, they’ll spread out filling every corner of your yard. Sedums love full sun and dry soil. In fact, Sedum plants tend to grow better after they’ve been neglected for a period of time.