If you have a small garden it can be a challenge to decide how to make the best use of the space. On the one hand you don’t want it to look cluttered, but equally you do want to be able to accommodate as much as you can. I found an article on the Three Dogs in a Garden blog which is a photo record of several small gardens with commentary on the ways the space has been used to best effect.
The Niagara-on-the-Lake Horticultural Society’s annual garden tour was the perfect excuse to take a weekend off.?Not that we really needed much of an excuse to visit Niagara-on-the-Lake! It has to be one of the prettiest towns in all of southern Ontario. No wonder tourist’s flock to its quaint, but pricey shops, restaurants and hotels.The weather on the weekend was absolutely perfect: not a cloud in the bluest of skies, sunny and hot, but not humid, with the most refreshing of breezes blowing off Lake Ontario.The first of the tour gardens were all tiny courtyard style spaces in the same townhouse complex.These were a group of gardeners, who offered by way of example, an abundance of great ideas for making the most of every square inch of outdoor space.Technically this first garden wasn’t on the tour, but I got permission to photograph it anyway.The “Bay Street” sign clearly demonstrates these homeowners, leading a quiet life in Niagara-on-the-Lake, have a sense of humour.?(Bay Street is the Canadian equivalent of ?”Wall Street” and is the location of the stock exchange in downtown Toronto.)
This version of “Bay Street” has comfortable seating and a cozy cabin atmosphere.
Tip: Hanging baskets don’t eat up precious space at ground level in a small garden.And there are lots of great ways to hang flowers:A metal bracket holds a standard wrought iron hook in place on this fence.