Tiny garden? Why not get tiny plants! Dwarf shrubs and flowers are a really cute way to brighten up your backyard and take up hardly any space.
If you’re finding you’re struggling for space to fit in all the plants and colours you want in your small back garden, then a dwarf variety might be the best way to go.
There are loads of different types to choose from – everything from flowers to trees. But what are the best ways to use smaller plants? We’ve put together a great how to guide to make sure you can have a beautiful garden – however small!
Types of plants
Believe it or not there are a huge range of smaller sized plants that can fit into your plot. A few shrubs only grow up to 150cm tall. These include the very pretty Cutleaf Japanese Maple which is a dark red colour or the aptly named Dwarf Burningbush which has a scarlet colour. If you want to add scent to your garden but don’t want an overpoweringly large bush, go for dwarf Lilac or Fragrant Viburnum.
You can also keep your garden going all year round with a brilliant selection of dwarf evergreens. There is a Dwarf Alberta Spruce, Bristlecone Pine and Adams Columnar Yew which are slow growing and stay vibrant all year. But for a “mini tree” look go for a Dwarf White Pine or Globe Blue Spruce.
Perennial flowers can also be grown in small spaces but you have to make sure to choose types that don’t spread easily or you may find your garden is overtaken. Choose a Bergenia, Primula, Liriope or Dwarf Iris to add some colour without losing too much space. And if you want to mix grasses in between your blooms choose a Japanese Blood Grass or a Blue Fescue.
How to create a great looking display
Creating a pretty back garden is just the same no matter how big the space or what plants you use. Always stick to the simple rules: balance, repetition and variety.
In a smaller garden, try not to choose hundreds of varieties of plants as it will look overcrowded and cramped. It is far better to plant the same types of flowers in clumps surrounded by grasses or small evergreens to break up the colour.
If you’re wanting to create more planting space, think about banking up the soil at the edges of your plot and making a rockery with dwarf plants peeking out from behind slate or stone. You can also used tiered pots or even hanging baskets to make sure you can pack as many plants in as possible.
Where you should you plant dwarf types
Like with any planting, make sure you know how big your chosen flower or shrub will grow before you plant it. It can be tempting to cram plants close together when they are new and small as it closes up gaps. But remember, as these plants grow they will need room to expand so while your garden may look a little gappy when you first plant they will soon grow to fill those spaces.