Small gardens, especially in urban areas where an outdoor space is perhaps just a balcony, mean it’s worth trying to use every inch of space to create the perfect ‘outdoor room’ for edibles to thrive.
Caging your peppers
Use these great value and contemporary galvanised wire growing cages to support tomatoes or peppers. Plants can fall over as they get taller so the cage is a great practical way to help them grow upright, let light shine through and make them easy to move from place to place – perfect for a balcony or patio.
Perennials are any plant living for at least three years. The term is also commonly used for herbaceous perennials which grow for many years
Bang on trend wooden ladder
Maximise growing space in tight spots by planting up a vintage ladder
A rustic reclaimed wooden ladder is perfect to offset pale orange terracotta pots filled with scented herbs, especially in a cottage garden theme. Great for a garden corner or near an outdoor cooking area. You can pot up your favourite edible herbs like rosemary, basil, thyme and try a few unusual varieties such as lime mint.
Etagères (furniture with open shelves), have become an incredibly popular way to display lots of pots and use height up a wall or fence. Plant theatres are also great for balconies or garden corners; often metal, they look fantastic year-on-year in all weathers and bring the inside out into your garden.
Fresh take on a herb wheel planter
Grow your own herbs
Herb wheels, made popular in the Victorian era, feature lots of different herbs in a formal circular or hexagonal design. This circular metal planter in a contemporary shade makes the colours of the salad leaves pop out, adding a twist of urban cool. Just snip your salad as you need it, most will grow more leaves for a while before you sow some new seeds. Veg like spring onions can also grow well in small spaces such as this.
Planting pockets mean you can grow almost anywhere
Simple ‘living wall’ planters made from planting pockets are perfect for walls, fences or window ledges, turning blank spaces into havens of foliage and vegetables really quickly. There are so many to choose from in different sizes that are space-saving and stylish. Hang up the planter and fill the pockets with recyclable pots or compost, then plant up with fruit, salad leaves or herbs for colour, scent and taste.
Clever space divider
Grow your own privacy… and salad!
For a more permanent fixture, you can create a bespoke ‘living wall’ from wooden shelves. Painted to fit your garden design, it will really showcase your plants to brilliant effect. This type of shelving could also be used as a space divider, with the structure giving you a natural but substantial screen if your garden is overlooked. You could even put it on castors and move it around for optimum urban chic.