Do you have a green thumb but not the space to use it? We totally understand that! I love gardening and doing yardwork, but the limited square feet that I have sometimes cramps my style. However, here are a few great tips I’ve found that help me do awesome gardening even in tight spaces.
A shoe garden is both simple and cute! Just take a pair of old shoes no one wears anymore, and turn them into a garden! The more colorful the shoe, the better! Rain boots seem to work well for this, plus they’re fitting for the occasion, but you can use any kind of shoe you want. Such a great way to repurpose old shoes!
Take an old piece of furniture and convert it into your very own mystic garden! Dressers are super common for this kind of project, but you can use a chair, table, desk, etc. Just make sure the drainage is good and then start filling it up!
To provide a set space for your garden, use a kiddie pool as the boundary. You and the rest of your family will know exactly where your garden goes and, if needed, you can move it around to get best access to all the sections.
Before you throw out all your old kitchen supplies, try reusing them for a cute outdoor garden! An ice tray suddenly becomes an herb garden and you can use the plates as labels or just to add a colorful touch!
I like to attach portable containers to the railings around my patio because they don’t take up much room and they allow for color and style. Portable containers are super easy to grow flowers in and, when necessary, you can always move them around!
Convert an old garden pallet into a hanging garden pallet! It’s super easy—all you need to do is turn it sideways, hang it up, and then fill it with plants and soil!
You don’t even have to use a garden pallet to get a vertical garden. You could literally use anything else that stands upright! You could make a vertical garden out of PVC pipe, for example. The options are endless!
Hang tin cans from the ceiling, railing, or even fence! If you want, you could paint the tin cans to be a fun and eye-catching color that match the flowers inside of them.
This may seem a little strange, but it actually looks pretty good if you do it right. Attach soda bottles to the side of the wall and then add soil and your preferred flower or plant to them. If you get a nice geometric pattern going, it can be really nice.
If you stack cinderblocks just the right way, you can actually get a really nice tiered garden that fits right into the corner of your yard or patio. If wanted, you could even paint the cinderblocks to be a fun color!
Stack terra cotta pots of different sizes inside of each other. Then, surround the inside pot with soil and flowers! This makes a great looking cascade of flowers for your garden!
Try using window boxes if you’re super tight on space! They don’t give you a whole lot of room, but you can get a few flowers inside each one! Times that by four or five windows, and you’ve got a nice spread out garden.
Succulents are a super easy way to get green in your backyard without having all the space for a traditional garden. And the best part is you can get the succulent as big or as small as you need and as few or as many as you want!
This requires a bit of planning and construction skills, buy you could also try a spiral garden. As it spirals up, the inside layer is the garden, so it doesn’t take up as much room!
Take your outdoor table and, if possible, cut out the inside section and insert a little mini garden. You won’t be able to grow big plants, but you can have nice and small flowers that add a great color and smell to your table!
If you don’t want to cut up your table, then you can make little terrariums with plants inside that you stick on the tables! It’s like a little garden inside of a glass container.
Make an elevated garden that still gives you space underneath it for storage or other purposes but also gives you a garden! You’ll have to plan the drainage carefully so that water doesn’t get everywhere, but it shouldn’t be too difficult with a bit of foresight.
Kill two birds with one stone by making a bench that doubles as a planter! The planters can be the legs of the bench! Simply fill them with plants and herbs that you like.
Bring a trellis to your backyard to get some vertical growing going on. You’ll be a bit limited with the types of plants and flowers you can grow, but it’s still a garden!
A simple trick to make your garden and backyard look bigger is by mixing flower types and colors! The diversity makes things look more active and larger, which means your limited space won’t seem as small!
Don’t let the hills and slopes in your backyard be wasted space. There are actually tons of plants that grow particularly well on slanted spots. So, track them down and plant them in your backyard to make use of every last square inch!
Do you have a tree stump just sitting in your yard that is too expensive or stubborn to get removed? Well, keep it around and turn it into a little tree stump planter! It’s actually a lot easier than digging the whole thing out of the ground.
Make a living wall that will add color and texture to any spot of your backyard. Simply take the wood, fill and cover it with the plants you want, and then watch them spread! Again, you’ll be limited on plant types, but it still looks good.
Line your patio with plants and flowers to get a great border garden going in! Not only will it act as a visual divider between your patio and the yard, but it also adds a great pop of color and style!
I think these garden towers look SO cool! It’s pretty much like a vertical garden, but a lot more solid. The best part is that you can customize the tower to be any size or shape that you need.
Make your garden look even more expansive by layering and combining some of these ideas. For example, you can do a hanging garden above and then have potted plants below. The layering lets you double the amount of plants you have while keeping the space the same!
Hang a garden from the gutters! You simply string up pieces of gutter beneath each other, fill each one with soil and some plants, and then hang the garden wherever you want, even from the gutter (although that’s not necessary).
Make wooden boxes that you can hang up on your fence or your railing and put plants in them. There are tons of different ways to do this, so find a style and design you like online and then go for it!
Add some shade and some green to your yard by turning your umbrella stand into a planter! You just have to stick the umbrella into the planter, surround it with soil, and then plant flowers in all the empty spots!
If you have a pathway in your backyard, then line it with beautiful flowers! That would probably look weird without the path, but the pathway makes it so that the flowers have shape and order!