Gardens do not have to be big to be spectacular. On the contrary, some of the most impressive planters and plots are extraordinarily small. Some are even miniscule by conventional standards. Do something different when planning a tiny garden for a small deck or porch. Size really does not matter. Use one or more of these four ideas when decorating your outdoor living area. You can transform it into something phenomenal, even if it is on a much smaller scale than most.
Create a Vertical Pallet Garden to Lean against a Sturdy Rail
Old wooden pallets are good for more than just making rustic furniture. When placed in a vertical position, they make fantastic outdoor planters. They are ideal for a tiny garden on a small deck or porch. Paint or stain it first to improve the appearance of the rough wood. Stand the pallet vertically against the house or a sturdy rail. Secure it to the siding or the rail to prevent tipping. Fill the openings with fertile soil. Add petunias, impatiens, strawberries and other low-growing flowers and plants. Use the first photo for inspiration. A pallet garden will add privacy and beauty to your small outdoor living area.
Mount Mini Planters Made from Wine Corks on a Deck Post or Wall
If a wooden pallet is not your idea of a tiny garden, go with something considerably smaller. Save wine corks, and carefully hollow them out with a small utility knife or a similar tool. Fill the finger-size opening with soil and a tiny succulent or another small plant. As the second photo shows, you can mount several wine cork planters on a deck or porch post or the siding of your home. They are certain to become conversation pieces as well as unique decorations.
Create a Tiny Garden in a Clay Saucer
The third photo depicts a tiny garden in a clay saucer, and it is ideal for a small deck or porch. Create one, two, three or as many as desired to line the perimeter. Fill them with miniature ivy, strings of pearls, miniature daisies, moss and dwarf plants of your choice. If desired, add tiny outdoor furnishings. They can be found where fairy garden accessories are sold.
Hang a Burlap Bag Planter Next to the Door
Not all hanging outdoor planters are made from wire and shredded coconut husk liners or plastic and vintage macrame. When planning a tiny garden on a small porch or deck, consider hanging a series of burlap bags next to the entryway door. The fourth photo is a lovely example of what you can create. Fill the bags with rich organic soil, miniature vines, asparagus ferns and low-growing flowers of your choice. Excess water will naturally drain through the burlap. With proper care, your tiny garden will produces beautiful blooms and gorgeous foliage throughout the spring, summer and fall.
Source: Advanced Crafting and Professional Home Decorating Experience