Having a small yard or outdoor living space does not mean that you can’t have a great garden. There are a number of ways that you can turn your small space into a large garden area with little work and in most cases, with little money out of pocket.
Whether you live in an apartment and have just pavement for a yard or you have a small yard that really doesn’t seem like it would be big enough for a garden, we have collected 40 wonderful small garden ideas that you can implement this spring.
With spring and planting season just around the corner, now is the time to choose a garden design for those small spaces and get started. Many of these ideas are great even if you do have big garden space but just want something a bit closer to the house.
Whether you want to plant vegetables, flowers or have your own herb garden, you are sure to find a garden idea for your small space in this vast collection.
Repurposed Furniture Garden
You can create a beautiful garden area with some old furniture that you are planning to throw out. Old dressers make great planting bases. You simply put the plants in individual pots and then use the drawers to hold them. You end up with a three tiered garden look that is both beautiful and space saving. If you don’t have an old dresser on hand, you can probably pick one up at a yard sale or flea market for just a few dollars and then all you have to do is start planting.
Instructions – Houselogic
Recycled Upside Down Garden
Recycling is a great way to save money and space. This recycled upside down garden idea is perfect for those who live in apartments or you could just hang your plants on the porch if you have one. You just have to choose the containers that you want to use and then follow the instructions to properly hang your plants so that they will grow as they should. This is great for flowers, herbs or many vegetables and is space saving and a really cute way to show off those plants.
Instructions – Designsponge
A shoe organizer is a great way to build a vertical garden. Not only does this garden look great and save space, it helps to keep those critters and pets out of your herbs and vegetables. You just have to fill each of the shoe spaces with potting soil or compost and then add your plants. Be sure that you choose a place for your hanger that gets enough sunlight for the plants and if there is protection overhead from rain, you will need to water them occasionally as well.
Instructions – Instructables
Hanging Gutter Garden
Old guttering can be used to create a beautiful hanging garden. The amount of guttering that you will need depends on the size of the garden you want to plant. Gutter gardens allow you to take advantage of the vertical space around your yard so even if you don’t have much of a lawn, you can still grow flowers, herbs and vegetables. Just remember to choose a spot that gets a few hours of direct sunlight each day. Gutter gardens also provide a bit of a natural privacy fence or divider for your garden area.
Instructions – Goodshomedesign
Kitchen Fairy Garden
Now, you don’t necessarily have to use the fairies in this garden but the overall idea is a great one for smaller spaces. You will need a container. In this case, an old wooden barrel provides the base for the planting. Once you have a container, you just begin filling it with soil and other smaller containers. Note the muffin pan in this garden which is perfect for smaller herbs. You could also use regular terra cotta pots or just about any type of container. Old pots and pans are great if you want to create the kitchen look.
Instructions – Organizedclutterqueen
Vertical Pallet Garden
An old pallet – or several if you want – can be turned into the perfect planter for vertical gardens. Even if you have a rather large outside area, vertical planters are great because they save space and they are very attractive to look at. They can add to your current garden area and give you much more space for planting additional flowers, herbs or veggies. You just have to attach your terra cotta pots to the pallets using zip ties or something similarly strong and then choose what you want to plant.
Instructions – Kellymoorebag
Kiddie Pool Garden
If you don’t really want to tear up your yard or you have no yard to use, an old plastic kiddie pool provides the perfect raised garden bed. If you want, you could go in and cover the pool with stones or bricks to make it a bit more attractive. You just have to fill the pool with soil or compost and then begin adding your plants. This is great because you can take up the pool during the winter if you want and then put it back when it gets close to planting season again.
Instructions – Containergardening
Portable Container Garden
Container gardens are great because they are portable. If you need to move them, you can and without worrying about regrowing grass over your garden area. If you have a fence or deck, a colorful container garden is a great way to add a little beauty to the area and save space for your planting as well. Choose colorful bucket planters and simply hang them on your fencing or you could even hang them from windowsills and other areas around the home.
Instructions – Bhg
Formed Terra Cotta Gardens
You can lay out your garden area and surround it with terra cotta planters to make it more defined. This is a great idea for small garden spaces because it helps you to keep your garden area separate from your lawn. You simply decide the size of the garden that you need and then outline it with terra cotta planters. You can then use the planters to add additional plants to the area. This design works perfectly for vegetable gardens but could be used for a flower garden as well.
Instructions – Apartmenttherapy
Tiered gardens are great for small spaces. If you only have minimal space for flowers or veggies, you can create a great tiered garden from a few terra cotta planters. Once stacked, you can just plant whatever you want in the planters and you have space for as many plants as you want depending on how many planters you use. You could use the plastic planters if you want but the terra cotta ones are a bit sturdier and will hold up for much longer. This is a great garden idea for annuals, particularly if you want something colorful on the porch.
Instructions – Krysanthe