Nothing makes my heart sing more than gardening. Being out on my patio. Listening to birdsong and watching squirrels. Enjoying the scent of herbs and flowers in my container gardens.
So let’s talk about small space garden design.
Depending on the size of your space, you need to ascertain what you want to accomplish in your small space garden.
1. Do you just want to garden?
2. Do you want to enjoy nature?
3. Do you want to sit and have coffee or tea?
4. All of the above.
All of the above are my focus. I want to garden and enjoy nature, but I want to do it in comfort. So that requires seating. Not everyone will have enough room for all of this, so you will of course make your decision based on your space.
First in any design should be hardscaping. Which means landscaping such as paths and things like furniture. In a small space you will probably not have a path, but you might have room for seating. So focus on that.
But before you set up your seating, there’s something I would do first. Figure out what areas have the most sun. There’s no point in buying plants that need full sun if you don’t have an area that has full sun.
If you don’t know how much sun an area gets, then watch your space at different times of the day. Every few hours, write down where the sun is still shining and where the area is shaded. The sun will vary with the seasons, but you can get a reasonable idea from doing this exercise.
This will help you to decide where you want seating and where you need to put your container plants. Again, base this on the amount of room you have.
After this exercise, draw out a basic garden design on paper.
You may also want a water feature. If you have an electric outlet on your patio or balcony or small garden space, then this will dictate where you put a water feature. If you don’t have access to electricity, then you might want to check out a solar run fountain.
It is nice to hear moving water in the background. And birds are attracted to the sound of water moving, but it is not a necessity.
So today draw out your garden design. Whether you have a small garden, a patio or a balcony, a basic garden design will help you decide what you’ll need. If you’re going to have to purchase some items, there’s no point in shopping until you know what you have room for and what your sun considerations are.
Tomorrow we’ll look at arranging our garden space with seating and containers we’ve decided on using.