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Small-Space Gardening in Texas

Flower-forward gardening

a bouquet of spring blooming plants

Today we’re off to Texas to visit a gardener who makes the most of a small garden space, filling it with a collection of lovely, cottage-style blooms.

small garden beds filled with flowers along a fenceA small garden space doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful and filled with flowers. This garden leans heavily on classic favorites like roses to make a romantic space.

a bouquet of spring blooming plantsA little bouquet of early bloomers, picked before a recent freeze, includes daffodils (Narcissus hybrids, Zones 3–8) and hyacinths (Hyacinthus orientalis, Zones 3–8).

bouquet of roses on a garden benchIn the summer, the rose bushes provide romantic bouquets as well. This one includes the blooms of the roses ‘Quick Silver’ and ‘Blue Girl’, both of which have flowers in that elusive lavender color that is so rare in roses. No true blue rose exists, but these come close.

bareroot rose bush in a bagGardeners know that unassuming starts like this bareroot rose bush, looking thorny and vicious, can turn into the most beautiful parts of a garden.

large peachy-pink colored flowerDahlias are a favorite too, including this dinner-plate variety, ‘Belle of Barmera’ (Zones 8–10 or as a tender bulb), which produces truly enormous, deliciously colored blooms.

magenta and white flowerDahlia ‘Pennhill Dark Monarch’ is another stunning, huge-flowered variety, with informal petals in a mix of colors.

shrub with bright red flowersFlowering quince (Chaenomeles speciosa, Zones 4–8) is an early flowering shrub. This one produces huge numbers of double red flowers to get the gardening season going with a bang.

bouquet of summer flowers in various colors and formsHere’s another garden bouquet, this one including Oriental poppies (Lilium hybrid, Oriental group, Zones 3–9), which give it a rich, powerful fragrance.

If you want to see more of this garden, check out instagram: @redcherryontop


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    simplesue 03/21/2022

    So true how you mention " thorny and vicious, can turn into the most beautiful parts of a garden"!
    You've really grown some pretty flowers, and your perennial border with birdbath looks great!

  2. btucker9675 03/21/2022

    So pretty and that Belle of Barmera dahlia is the most gorgeous color! My flowering quince is in full bloom right now and never fails to amaze each Spring. I'm trying peonies here in NC for the first time this year and delighted to say that they are coming up nicely so far.

  3. user-5117752 03/21/2022

    Simply delightful! Such wonderful combinations and colors. The bouquet on that very pretty bench made me sigh with delight. Happy new season of gardening to you!

  4. cheryl_c 03/21/2022

    Your red quince is amazing! and I love the way you've turned your little corner into a jam-packed garden of delights! Your little birdbath is perfectly in scale.
    Thanks so much for sharing with us!

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