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.
Tree Stump Planters
For yards that are in progress or those that have a few tree stumps in the way, you can actually use those stumps as planters. This eliminates the cost of having them completely uprooted and gives you a very unique gardening idea to boot. You just have to hollow out the inside of the stump just a bit so that you have room to place the planters. This is a great idea for flowers or you could use those stumps for herb gardens as well.
Instructions – Thisoldhouse
Garden Bench Planters
Small garden spaces should not be hindered with regards to adding benches and other accessories. In fact, you can add a beautiful bench and then turn it into a plant holder. This is a great idea for older benches, those that you really can’t sit on any longer. Just use the seat to hold your planters or you could get really creative and use a bench that doesn’t even have a seat by simply hanging the plants or creating a raised garden from the seat area.
Instructions – Bhg
Hanging Tin Can Garden
Old tin cans can be recycled for use in your garden area. If you just don’t have the space to have all of the flowers, herbs or veggies that you want to plant, you can simply paint some tin cans and use them as planters. These hang nicely from fences, decks or even the side of your house. You can create an entire garden from the side of a fence using painted tin cans and they are portable so you can move them about as needed.
Instructions – Stuffstephdoes
Wooden Fence Planter Boxes
If you have a fence, you can turn that fence into a garden area by simply hanging planter boxes. Once you have the boxes in place, you just have to add terra cotta planters with your plants inside. This is an excellent small garden solution for those of you who don’t really have any yard to deal with and who really want to plant fresh herbs, veggies or flowers. You can place different planters to make it more colorful and the boxes are really easy to craft from old wood pieces.
Instructions – Sunset
Vertical Garden Tower
Even for the smallest garden spaces, this vertical tower is a great addition. You can build it easily and once it’s done, just add the plants that you want and they are all contained in the vertical structure. Build it taller if you want to add more plants or you could shorten it and add a couple of them to your garden area. Building it is a lot easier than it looks and you can save a bundle over buying one already done. The cost of building this tower yourself is less than $200 as opposed to more than $2,000 for a store bought one.
Instructions – Sunset
You can build elevated garden boxes and use them throughout your landscaping. These are great if you just don’t have much yard and you want to keep your garden on the deck or porch. You just build the boxes to whatever height you want. Note that while you can build them with legs, you don’t have to. Elevated garden boxes are very popular and great for decorating steps, decks and other small garden areas. You can even build stackable boxes or do them in different sizes to add depth to your garden area.
Instructions – Addicted2decorating
This DIY herb spiral is a must for small garden spaces. You don’t necessarily have to plant herbs in it. These work great for flowers or other plants as well. Because the spiral has high spots and low spots, it is actually a better idea for certain plants than flat gardens. Herbs like rosemary and oregano do well in higher areas so they are perfect for the top of the spiral. Plants that like more moisture and those that prefer a bit of shade do well in the bottom. Hostas for instance, can be planted in the bottom while many annuals that require more sunlight will thrive on top.
Instructions – Gardeners
Vertical Soda Bottle Garden
For fences, this vertical soda bottle garden is a great way to display those plants or raise those veggies. You also get the added benefit of being able to recycle those 2 liter soda bottles and put them to good use. The gist of the garden is really simple. You just cut the side out of the bottles and then use that space to plant whatever you want. This is a great idea for herb gardens. You can hang the bottles from the side of the house right outside the kitchen door so that your herbs are easy to access.
Instructions – Treehugger
Patio Umbrella Garden
If you have a small patio and you want to incorporate a little green you can repurpose a large planter and use it as a holder for your patio umbrella. This entire project will cost you less than $20 if you already have a planter. You just need piping to hold the umbrella and you need to choose what plants or flowers you want to have next to you when you are relaxing outdoors. You could even be really creative and do this with a tiered planter so that you can add a few more plants and have a small flower garden right there beside your seats.
Instructions – Thisoldhouse
Garden trellises are perfect for smaller spaces. Even if you don’t really have the room for larger plants or vining flowers, a trellis practically makes that room for you. Building a trellis is relatively easy and is something that you can do in a weekend with a little time left over for planting. These are great for privacy as well. You can simply build the trellis next your property line and use it for a bit of privacy and relaxation. Vining plants and flowers work really well on trellises or you could simply hang loads of other plants from planters.
Instructions – Myhomeideas