small space gardening and a mini garden tour

I've missed you!  
My husband decided to take some vacation time last week, and with all of the activities we crammed in, blogging got away from me for a bit.
A beach trip, his birthday, time at the pool, 4th of July festivities.... we had a blast! (no pun intended)

Now that things are back to our regular routine, I thought I'd take you on a tour of our little garden.
And I do mean little.

Every year we do a little more- adding plants in, adding in features we've been planning on.
We have a very small yard.
Most people would scoff, or say there's no yard, but even though it is small, we get everything we want out of it, without being a slave to it every weekend. 
Because we'd rather be doing other things most of the time!


There is really not much difference in gardening and decorating.
Colors, textures, interest, vintage varieties vs. new...

We move around and arrange plants the way a lot of people do with furniture.
Sometimes it's more laborious to move an established plant vs. a piece of furniture!
But you just have to have some knowledge of what grows best where.

We have a very narrow strip of dirt on the side of our house.
It was totally unused, and it seemed like a waste of space. 
But after living here for a couple years, we discovered that it actually got great sunlight all during the summer.
Our last house had a large garden bed, and I missed it.
So we decided to make this our new garden area:

Two years ago we put in wine barrels and planted a few favorites and some hand me downs. ;)
Strawberries, herbs, and tomatoes.

Everything was watered with a bucket- by hand- because we didn't have a water source back there.
This year, we got a splitter attachment for the hose on the deck, drilled a hole through the flooring, and attached a hose hanger.
Life in the garden is so much easier now!!

Last year, we installed some trellises and some jasmine to the fence in our garden.
The trellises sit right below our dining room window, and I love to open these windows during the summer.
 My hope is that as the vines grow and fill out, we can enjoy the scent in the house.
They're growing like crazy!

A couple months ago, I posted about a vintage wicker set I was planning to sell.
During transport, the chair to the set fell out of the truck (yikes- very scary)
and the leg broke.  
Rather than throw it out, I tucked it into the back corner of this area and decided to use it to hold flowers.

I had a vintage window frame that we put on the fence, and yesterday, we installed some wire and a honeysuckle vine to grow up and over the window and the fence.

This also is under / next to our front porch, so I hope the scent from the honeysuckle flowers will be something we can enjoy out front as well.

Our small space now has a mini orchard!

Jon's birthday gift this year was an espalier apple tree.
Espalier is an ancient practice of pruning and training trees to grow on a single plane.
Ours is a 'multitier cordon' style of espalier, but there are several other styles of espalier.  
All very beautiful and amazing!

In a short time, we will have Gravenstein, Fuji, Jonagold, Macintosh, Braeburn, and Gala,
all from this little tree.
It's a great space saver for us and adds a beautiful bit of interest for our garden and an otherwise ugly expanse of gray fence.

I hope to add some pretty flowers, plants or rocks around the base.

We also have blueberry bushes which are giving us an abundance of berries.
We have enough to eat fresh and freeze for later.

In addition to the blueberries, we had 1 1/2 barrels planted with strawberries.


...discovered they could jump onto the barrel of berries and eat them all before mama had a chance to pick any!
I think I ate three from this year's crop.
Next year's agenda will be to put up some protection for the berries!

We continue to enjoy making our little garden functional and pretty.
Our plan for the future is to add some kind of walkway (stone or step-able plants) between the garden barrels.

The rest of our yard is filled with scented flowers and color.
Here are a few more snapshots from our backyard:

Kwanzo Daylily

English lavender

blue hydrangea

our hammock that we enjoy throughout the summer!

Francee Hosta

Sum and Substance Hosta

blue Hydrangea

yellow Lollipop Daylily
I hope you enjoyed the mini tour- you really can grow what you like in any size yard!
See you tomorrow for a furniture post!


  1. Oh how I wish we had blue hydrangeas instead of pink.

    Your garden space is wonderful.

    I just heard about a book by Amanda Thomsen - Kiss My Aster: A Graphic Guide to Creating a Fantastic Yard Totally Tailored to You.

    It seems like you have done just that for your space.

  2. I really enjoyed the tour. Your gardenspace is beautiful.

    Hugs from here

  3. Love that you are putting some "food" in your mini garden. Just got a book, Reinvent Your Garden by Sunset Books that had the most amazing mini garden on Page 113. Must have been an apartment/condo patio. Couldn't believe all they had crammed in there including a shelf on the wood fence. You are well on your way to doing the same but I'm most impressed that you've included edibles.

  4. I've enjoyed my little visit to your sweet little garden. It doesn't need to be big to be beautiful!

  5. Your flowers look fantastic! "Someone" is pretty adorable!

  6. Your garden barrels are great. I love Star Jasmine--I have a huge one on our back deck---it smells up the house! I love the smell. Your tour was great!

  7. I love your small garden area - it's so cozy!

  8. Denise,
    Thanks for the garden tour and I think that you are lucky that it's small. Thanks for the info and pic of the apple tree...that was a new one to me.


  9. You may have a smaller yard but a garden that packs a punch!! Great plants. "Someone" is adorable, that precious little face. Mama he couldn't help him/herself!!



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