The Prettiest (and Smartest!) Small-Space Gardens to Try — Kitchn


Warm weather is here, and with it comes the urge to make your mark outdoors in the garden. This is easy enough if you call a sizable property in the ‘burbs home, but the smaller your square footage, the harder it gets to flex your green thumb. The good news? There are plenty of sunny days ahead because we’ve combed our favorite sites to round up a slew of the smartest, cleverest, and down-right cutest tiny gardens out there.

1. A Pegboard Garden

Okay, so this first one is cheating a little (because it comes from our own site), but we just love it so much. This pegboard garden is perfect for apartment dwellers who don’t have any outdoor space, or available counter space. It just goes on an empty wall and then you’ve got fresh herbs to grab and use while you cook.

2. A Stadium Planter

Think of this garden as bleacher seating for your plants. The DIY tiered garden is the brainchild of blogger Michelle from Décor and The Dog, and it’s a great way to showcase some of your prettiest perennials and herbs. Because it’s a total DIY project (you will need some carpentry skills!), you can scale it large or small as your patio or balcony allows.

Get the instructions: DIY Tiered Herb Garden Tutorial at Décor and The Dog

3. Hanging (Shoe) Garden

We’re all about smart ways to reuse household staples, so we’re loving the way blogger Kelly Moore hung an over-the-door shoe rack over her fence instead. The 16-pocket organizer (in a breathable and drainable burlap material) is perfect for housing a variety of small herbs, succulents, and plants. Even if you don’t have a fence, we’re guessing you have a door.

Buy a similar organizer: 58-Inch Tan Over-the-Door Shoe Organizer, $11 at The Home Depot

4. Cinder Block Garden

Like most big city apartments, Sofia’s Brooklyn place was short on outdoor space. In order to make the most of her square footage (and channel that trademark cool Brooklyn charm), Sofia stacked a cinderblock display against her back fence, filling the holes of cinderblocks with plants. Use as many (or as few) as you want to build a custom creation to fit your space.

Tour the rest of her space: Sofia’s DIY Garden Apartment in Brooklyn at Apartment Therapy

5. A DIY Indoor Herb Wall

Tabitha Blue over at Fresh Mommy Blog hung this totally custom herb wall in her kitchen, and we can’t stop obsessing over it. We love the idea of dedicating a shelf for each type of herb or taking it one step further and categorizing them by taste profile (i.e., Italian herbs like parsley and basil on one shelf, and Mexican-style herbs on another).

6. A Gutter Garden

Home gardener Suzanne Forsling wanted to grow veggies in her snug outdoor space, so she took to the walls — of her house! By attaching gutters (found at any hardware store) to the side of her home, Suzanne maxed out her available space and created a statement-worthy living wall that’s as pretty as it is practical. Of course, this works with whatever size wall you’ve got.

7. Hanging Basket Garden

The gals over at A Beautiful Mess are always great at seeing the potential in everyday objects — and this stacked hanging basket planter is proof of that. Originally used by contributor Rachel Denbow as a solution to keep a curious pet and handsy toddler out of the dirt, we think it’s also a great way to add interest to a porch, balcony, or even the corner of a room.

Get the how-to: Hanging Basket DIY at A Beautiful Mess

8. Slim Bookcase Garden

Leave it to IKEA to come up with this small-space solution: Just use a skinny bookshelf as a vertical garden. This idea is especially well-suited to an apartment terrace, where the piece can also double as storage for extra gardening supplies.

Buy: LÄCKÖ Shelving Unit, $50 at IKEA

9. Chicken Wire Garden Wall

Shannon of A.K.A. Designs found that, when strung between two posts, chicken wire makes for an easy place to attach tiny terra-cotta pots. Simply wind wire around the necks of each pot, then twist onto the fence to secure, creating a stylish display of greens.

See all the steps: DIY Vertical Garden at A.K.A. Design

10. A Mini Greenhouse

Protect plants from the elements and curious critters with a mini greenhouse like this one featured in Pure Green Magazine. You can recreate this look in your home or outside with any repurposed hutch. Just be sure to weather-proof the wood first if you’re keeping it outside.

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