Insider Guide: small gardens

April 22, 2017 / DECORATING, Insider Guides
Phoenix Garden

Small gardens (outdoors or in) made simple

 

Isabelle Palmer, founder of The Balcony Gardener, which creates and supplies ready-made indoor or outdoor container gardens for small spaces, gives us her top tips for planting your own little oasis 

 

1 Compact gardens benefit from a simple design. Stick to a limited palette of three or four colours for planting and use complementary containers. Layering tall plants such as bamboo and grasses at the back, with smaller plants like delphiniums or hydrangea at the front, will create the illusion of space.

 

2 Improve your view instantly with a window box. Plant it with a mix of flowers to give a natural, organic look that captures the essence of a landscape.

 

Garden of Solitude, designed by Alexandra Froggatt Photo courtesy RHS and Tim Sandall

Garden of Solitude, a case study in natural, organic-style planting, designed by Alexandra Froggatt Photo courtesy RHS and Tim Sandall

 

Houseplants ‘Kronos’ steel and iron planters, from £61 each, CB2 (cb2.com)

Houseplants ‘Kronos’ steel and iron planters, from £61 each, CB2 (cb2.com)

 

3 Choose plants that suit your garden’s soil and aspect. For year-round greenery, plant a selection of hardy evergreens, such as laurel, camelia, rosemary and lavender.

 

4 Don’t have any outside space? Create mini gardens indoors using terrariums or bowls of succulents, planted with cacti or kalenchoe. And check out IKEA’s ‘Satsuma’ collection designed for indoor planting.

Style up an indoor garden with a little help from the new ‘Satsumas’ collection by Ikea.

Style up an indoor garden with a little help from the new ‘Satsumas’ collection by Ikea.

 

‘Cube’ terrarium by West Elm

‘Cube’ terrarium by West Elm

 

See also Insider Guide: terrariums for all the info you need to make one of these easy indoor gardens.

And check out Solutions: houseplants for our top five ways to display plants at home!

 

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