Whether you live in an apartment and have a small balcony or are lucky enough to have a big fenced patio like me, you can enjoy gardening in some capacity.
There are pots geared for deck railings and all sizes of pots to accommodate your plants so that you can enjoy growing things in your small space.
On my patio I have fake wicker seating. There are two chairs against the wall of my apartment and a settee situated in the corner of the fence. I purchased this faux wicker from the store At Home here in Tulsa.
You never know when someone will drop in and you might want to have coffee or iced tea outdoors and enjoy the birds and plants and a nice breeze. So it’s also good to have surfaces to place drinks or food.
My coffee table was purchased at Tuesday Morning when I lived in Texas years ago. It has been updated with green paint.
You could lay out a whole meal on this table or a platter of appetizers if you’re entertaining.
You might also want to encourage birds to come visit you and entertain you with birdsong. They need fresh water, emptied and filled with clean water every day.
Birds don’t want to go into deep water. It’s best to have a rock or something that they can perch on as they sip or bathe themselves.
You might also put bird houses on the fence or wherever you have to place them so the birds can nest there.
Birds are attracted to the sound of water. I purchased this solar fountain from Amazon.com and placed it in the bird bath.
Or if you have access to an electrical outlet, you might want to purchase a bigger fountain. If I had an electrical outlet, I would have a fountain gracing my patio.
I once had a pondless waterfall and it was such a joy to listen to the water cascading off the layers of rocks.
If you plant the right flowers and herbs you can also attract butterflies and dragonflies.
I find it fun and therapeutic to rearrange my patio and dig in the dirt. I have always been a gardener and would be lost without some space to plant my gardens.
I am purposeful when I arrange my container gardens. I like to gather a few pots together to make a statement here and there.
The galvanized tubs (there are three) are arranged underneath the vintage wash tub. I plant mostly herbs in the galvanized gardens.
What you see in the wash tub is sedum that somehow got started in my containers and then spread everywhere.
Many herbs deter pests. So it’s always good to plant herbs in your container gardens. Also you will have them there at hand when cooking to add a bit of spice to your meals.
I love to go outside and snip chives for a baked potato.
Believe me when I say that you can do a lot of living in a small space. You don’t have to have a huge yard or sprawling garden spaces. It’s much cozier when you have a smaller space.
Conversation is easier. The ambiance is just right.
I also grow trees in containers. You can see my Japanese maple above. I also have a Gingko Biloba butterfly tree in a big container. It’s leaves are shaped like butterflies, hence the name.
You can put your trees on wheels and move them about your patio.
Trees guide the eye up, which makes your gardening space seem larger. There are many tricks to make a small space seem larger than it is.
I thoroughly enjoy my patio. Even in winter, I sit and gaze out my French doors. I enjoy watching the birds and squirrels that come to visit from inside.
And if you have a dog, a patio is a wonderful place for it to get out and get some exercise and sniff around just as it would do in a grassy yard.
My Charlie likes to munch on the pineapple sage when he has an upset tummy. It it not a toxic plant and seems to soothe him.