Garden Photo of the Day

Small Space, No Problem

Containers let you make a garden anywhere

Today’s photos are of Caroline Williams’s Louisiana garden. (Check out her earlier post featuring a wonderful collection of tulips here.)

Caroline sent in these photos of some of her container plantings, which show that even if you only have a little space, you can still make a beautiful garden! You don’t need much room, or even any actual ground, to fill some containers with flowers and other plants. A tiny garden can be just as beautiful as a huge one, and it requires a lot less work and expense.

Gerbera daisies (Gerbera jamesonii, Zones 9–11 or as an annual) used to just be seen as cut flowers at the florist, but new varieties are perfect for growing in containers as flowering annuals. They don’t love superhot weather, so partial shade will keep them growing more happily in the areas with hot summers.

A view of Caroline’s containers. Massing pots together allows you to create the effect of a mini-garden, and one that you can rearrange any time you like.

A ‘black’ bearded iris (Iris germanica, Zones 3–9). There are quite a few varieties of bearded iris marketed as black, and though they are all actually just a very dark purple, they’re very beautiful.

A miniature rose blooming happily in a container. Miniature versions of plants, be they roses or tomatoes, are always a great choice if you are container gardening in a small space. You get all the beauty but in a much smaller package. There are countless varieties of miniature roses, with all the diversity of form, color, and fragrance of their larger cousins.

A view of how the pot of roses fits into the larger garden. Don’t let a small space hold you back! You can create a garden anywhere.

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    meander_michaele 04/26/2019

    The massing of containers really does give a great effect. It allows the elevation of a plant to be better seen and appreciated and yet complimented by something in a lower the delicate miniature pink rose with the trailing purple verbena (?) brushing up near it. It they were both planted in the ground, the rose might be smothered. Very nice job, Caroline.

    1. carolineyoungwilliams 04/28/2019

      Thank you so much Meander ?

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    simplesue 04/26/2019

    Love your container garden! It really inspires me to plant some pot and squeeze in some more beauty as you have. That purple Iris is so gorgeous! And the pink min-rose...oh so pretty in the pot!

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      simplesue 04/26/2019

      oops not plant some "pot" but plant some "pots" LOL!

      1. carolineyoungwilliams 04/28/2019

        Lol? I knew what you meant

    2. carolineyoungwilliams 04/28/2019

      Thank you so much SimpleSue ?
      Just to know that I inspired you to plant put
      Joy in my heart??

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    treasuresmom 04/29/2019

    I don't know how I missed this. Those roses are divine!

    1. carolineyoungwilliams 04/29/2019

      :-) Thank you so much treasuresmom

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