If you live in an apartment or condo but still love growing things you may believe that your living circumstances prevent you from enjoying gardening. This is absolutely not true! As long as you have even a little space for containers you have enough space for a garden. Even if your space is no more than a postage stamp sized balcony or even just a window you have enough to create a stunning garden with a small garden design using flowering plants, spices, or even vegetables.
If you do have a balcony or patio this is the preferred spot for your container gardening efforts. But you will need to tailor your small garden design to your specific set of circumstances. For example, pay attention to how much light your garden is going to receive, if it does not get direct sun you will need to choose plants that will flourish in the shade. Should your horizontal area be very small using climbing vines might be a good choice over ground hugging plants that spread outward. And be aware of the amount of watering your new garden is going to require as you don’t want to be constantly carrying open containers of water through your apartment. This can be minimized by including peat moss with your potting soil; it will retain moisture and reduce the amount of trips through the apartment to the water faucet.
If you have nothing but a window, you can still improve your living space with growing plants. Again, you must take the specifics into account for light, watering, and the size of the containers you can use. With a little planning and thought even a small table in front of a window can be transformed into a dramatic and beautiful small garden design.
When gardening in small spaces like these the rule is to choose the container first and then select plants that are going to be happy there. This is the reverse of the usual practice of selecting the proper container for the desired plants but the restricted space in most apartment situations really makes the selection of the container first a priority. Don’t worry; you will still be able to combine your choices of both container and plant to provide an eye catching garden. It is just going to take a bit of figuring it out first.
When you start thinking about which containers to include in your small garden design, you should keep a vision of your finished garden in mind. Does your available space offer enough room for a container large enough to provide a good home to the plant sizes you want to see when they are fully mature? If so, that’s great but, if not, then you probably need to rethink what you want the end product to look like. For instance, there isn’t much point to planning on using a couple of Azaleas which spread out about three feet when mature if you only have four feet of space. Each plant needs sufficient room to grow without being restricted.
In the end the space you have is not nearly as important a consideration as is the thought and planning you put into creating your new small garden design.