Small Space Garden Inspiration & Giveaway! (CLOSED)

September 26, 2013

Post and giveaway sponsored by Pennington Vertical Gardens. All opinions are my own.

I definitely used to think that if I didn’t have a huge expanse of land, gardening was out of the question for me. And we didn’t buy our house knowing that I would come to love gardening. Heck, we didn’t even think about how we wanted to interact with our outdoor space! Now that gardening has become one of my favorite hobbies and a way of living for me, I’ve learned to work with the small garden I have. And you can garden in your small space too! Here are a few tips. Plus, share a garden question to enter a giveaway for a $50 Gift Card to Home Depot! Perfect timing to add a little fall accent to your front stoop.

Your outdoor space is an extension of your home. Think of a garden as just another room in your home! Even in a tiny spaces, you guys. We live on 1/5th of an acre and our house takes up half of that! The firepit (above) we added to our backyard makes a really great addition to our tiny backyard. It’s a room and a destination. (And a great place for s’mores with our neighbors.)

Define some spaces. In your home, you have a clearly defined kitchen, eating area and lounging area. Even with the open floor plans that are popular today, these rooms have purpose and definition. Your garden is no different! You can have a seating area, divided by a row of shrubs, that leads to a path. My garden bench (above) has a row of ligustrum shrubs and hydrangeas behind it, when the space opens up again, it’s the flat area for the firepit. You can work in any space you want! I don’t have enough sun for a veggie garden now, but I hope to someday! A vegetable garden, divided by raised planters can be a room all its own, too.

Watch where your eye travels and think about traffic flow. The same way you want to invite friends into your home, you want to invite them into your garden. Make it easy for them to venture out, walk along a defined path, find a bench to sit on. They can sit and admire your green thumb!

Think vertically. In the next couple of weeks, I’m going to show you how you can add interest to a small garden by thinking “up” instead of out. Vertical gardens are a great way to take advantage of the space you do have, especially on a small patio or deck. The Pennington Vertical Gardening structures are a great way to do just that! There are different sizes to fit your space and style, and they’re all tested for great durability. The pieces work together so you can add an element later to change up a style or expand your plant collection! Check out the Pennington Vertical Gardening site, you might want to add a vertical garden to your space!

Now for the fun part! GIVEAWAY! Win a $50 Home Depot Gift Gard!

I’d love for you guys to share any garden questions you have, about specific plants, sun vs. shade, herbs, gardening in the fall… Anything you’re curious about! I’m a novice gardener, but I would love to share the knowledge I do have and answer your questions! Also, I may not know the answer myself, but I’ll ask my gardening mentors and figure it out for you!

Enter a comment on this post with a gardening question and you’ll be entered to win a $50 Home Depot Gift Card! Giveaway ends October 3 at 12am. (If you have trouble commenting, please let me know by email –

Pennington Vertical Gardens partnered with bloggers such as me to help educate us all about their Pennington Vertical Gardening System products. As part of this program, I received compensation. They did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about the use of the products. Pennington Vertical Gardens believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. Pennington Vertical Garden’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations. A winner will be chosen by random and gift card fulfillment will be handled by a third party.

23 thoughts on “Small Space Garden Inspiration & Giveaway! (CLOSED)

  1. kelly

    What are the best winter vegetables for beginning gardeners to plant and have success growing? We just started our garden this spring.

  2. shenandoah kepler

    thanks for your great advice – we have seen gardens on balconies, fire escapes, and window sills. If there is ground to go with our gardens, then plan to use the space for more living! Thanks so much!
    Best to you,

  3. Katie Everett

    We found bulbs in our dirt when digging up some shrubs- we don’t know what they are though- maybe daylilies. What’s best practice for planting unknown bulbs?? Thanks!

  4. Ashley C

    These are such cute ideas! I live in Florida and I feel like its’ really hard for me to enjoy a garden (because of the heat/humidity and all the bugs).


  5. Laurie

    Do those little self watering balls that you stick upside down in a plant really work? I love having plants around but always end up killing them :(

  6. Cheryl A

    Are there any fall flowering plants that you could recommend for full shade or part shade? ( I live in zone 6 if that helps)

  7. mami2jcn

    My son would like to know if we can plant a peach tree in our yard? What time of year would that be best to do? We’re in North Carolina.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

  8. Danielle T

    this is our first year having a garden, we did good with summer plants but what do you suggest for best winter veggies to grow?

    daniellex at gmail dot com

  9. jillian

    what a fun giveaway! we have a few house plants but i’d like to start growing herbs for cooking — what are the easiest herbs to grow (AND can you plant multiple herbs in one pot?) thanks jillian


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