Though I love watching house hunting shows on repeat like any other, I find it so unrelatable when the couple complains about the size of the home’s outdoor space. “Oh, it’s only sitting on three acres? Bummer.” Insert eyeroll here.
Living in NYC, to me any outdoor space is a blessing and you just have to learn to work with what you’ve got. Sometimes that’s a decent backyard space (if you live in Brooklyn), but often times it’s just a tiny balcony or there’s no outdoor space at all.
Regardless of how large or small your outdoor area is, there are many ways to get creative and bring your space to life with a little greenery. Just in time for spring, ahead are my best small garden ideas for any space.
When outdoor space is limited, onwards and upwards my friends! Vertical gardens are perfect for apartments and small outdoor areas because they don’t take up much space. You can grow just as many plants vertically as you could with other traditional planters, while saving valuable outdoor real estate for your furniture and other patio essentials. This sleek and modern planter has a trellis to let your plants grow as they please, while this raised planter has a convenient lower shelf providing extra storage space for watering cans, gloves, clippers, and all your other gardening tools.
Hang It Up
From hanging planters to balcony baskets, there are so many small garden ideas to choose from that don’t take up any floor space. You can easily hang these wicker basket planters from any railing on your deck or display your succulents in this four piece modern hanging planter. Have a ton of smaller plants you want to show off? This wall-mounted shelving unit is ideal for displaying pretty planters with an adjustable shelf to accommodate plants large and small. Add even more flair to your shelving unit by mixing in small decorative elements among your plants, such as picture frames, terrariums, or small ceramic sculptures.
Grow An Indoor Garden
No outdoor space? No problem. Just because you don’t have a balcony or a rooftop, doesn’t mean you can’t exercise your green thumb in your apartment. From snake plants to cacti, there are many types of plants that you can grow easily in your apartment. Then, jazz them up with decorative planters like this sliver and terracotta three piece set. Love to cook? This small indoor garden lets you grow fresh herbs, vegetables, salad greens, flowers and more right on your countertop. Now you really can have your plants, and eat them too.
Don’t Forget The Essentials
Anyone can buy plants, but keeping them alive is a whole other thing. It’s important to find out how much sunlight and water your plants need weekly so you can keep them happy and healthy. If you’re potting your plants yourself, you’ll need to get potting soil and plant food, hand shovels and garden tools, and a watering can. Depending on what type of plants you’re growing, you also might need special soil or food for them like cacti and succulent fertilizer or special plant food for fruit and vegetables.
Looking for more small garden ideas? Check out our full assortment of patio essentials here to get inspired.