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Vince’s Small Magical Garden

Small space, no problem!

close up of light pink rose with light purple clematis

Today’s photos are from Vince in Sussex, United Kingdom.

Just before COVID, I started the Instagram account @small_magical_gardens.

The account has always been a hobby and faceless, as it’s about gardens and not me. It is not for personal gain. Drawing on my previous horticultural experience, I have a passion for sharing practical, realistically attainable ideas for smaller spaces.

I started the account initially as a bit of a journey following our move to the country. We purchased a tiny neglected Victorian cottage in a small Sussex village on the banks of the river Rother. Life now includes beekeeping and campanology in the little church next door. COVID was really the time when the garden revamp took place after house renovations had taken their toll on the previously neglected garden.

Here are some shots from our small garden.

narrow graveled area in the garden with lots of potted plantsThis view of part of the garden space shows that even a narrow area can be full of flowers and romance.

close up of light pink rose with light purple clematisA climbing rose (Rosa hybrid, Zones 6–9) and clematis (Clematis, large-flowered hybrid group, Zones 4–10) grow together backed up by the colorful foliage of a kiwi vine (Actinidia kolomikta, Zones 4–8).

climbing roses growing up the wall of a house with potted plants belowOne key way to make the most of a small space is to grow up. Climbing roses turn walls into additional garden space.

purple flowers paired with yellow foliage plantAn ornamental onion (Allium hybrid, Zones 4–9) stands in the foreground of a beautiful garden scene.

small patio seating area in the gardenEven a small garden still needs a space to sit and enjoy the beauty.

garden structure with shelves to hold lots of potted plantsWhat a beautiful way to add color and interest—a small structure with a variety of potted plants growing on the shelves, with petunias (Petunia hybrid, annual) providing lots of flowers.

gravel paths lined with lots of plants

Every surface and edge of the path is a spot to put a plant to make the most of the garden space.

a growing gourd in foreground and purple clematis flowers in the backgroundA developing gourd (Cucurbita pepo, annual) is surrounded by a cloud of clematis.

close up of tall verbena flowersAiry tall verbena (Verbena bonariensis, Zones 7–10 or as annual)

The front of the cottage—with an unusual sight in an English village: Buddhist monks from the nearby Chithurst monastery.


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    simplesue 03/28/2023

    I'm just in love with your garden! You created a fabulous space with gorgeous plant choices and great looking garden art and outdoor furniture!
    It's intimate and intricate and I just want to walk around there and explore the magic!

  2. drterrie 03/28/2023

    Wow! So inspired by what you have done! I have an urban garden which I tend to think of as 'large' because compared to my neighbors, I have a great deal of space. Compared with those who have almost unlimited space, I am reminded that my garden is teeny. I will be motivated to keep things tidy yet exciting this spring as I navigate the never-ending changes that gardening offers me.

  3. janetsydoruk 03/28/2023

    It truly is magical. It’s like a perfect place. Small English village and cottage even monks. But your garden is dreamlike and heavenly! Love your flower combinations. Love it all.

  4. sheila_schultz 03/28/2023

    Your gardens and plantings are charming, Vince. Two things really caught my eye, the intermingling of the climbing pink rose and purple clematis and the shape of the structure mimicking the roof line of your back door. Both are brilliant!

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    vanhatalosuomi 03/28/2023

    Looking brilliant Vince! Even though I'm on your side of the pond, it's always a pleasure to see what you southerners are up to :)
    Still pretty snowy out there for us in Finland - ugh sigh :/

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    cynthia2020 03/28/2023

    Vince, I enjoyed looking at all the photos. I hope you will come back and share your combinations from this summer.

  7. btucker9675 03/28/2023

    Utterly charming and beautiful - a perfect garden!

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    bdowen 03/28/2023

    Just beautiful and so inviting. Please do share more as the seasons change.

  9. MohawkValley 03/28/2023

    Very nice ! The pea stone paths make for clean walkways , that's for sure .

  10. janeeliz 03/28/2023

    Every inch is a delight! Thanks for sharing your magical garden.

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    treasuresmom 03/29/2023

    So very, very lovely!

  12. John_Seagle 03/30/2023

    This is great and beautiful. Thank you so much for this kind of information. I like it concrete polish

  13. Dietmar_Knoechelmann 08/04/2023

    I was so happy to finally find this in the web! Also, you might was looking for tile flooring installation

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