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50+ Genius Ways to Make Your Small Garden Picture-Perfect

There's space to show off your style with these budget-friendly ideas.

small garden ideas, potted plants and chairs in garden
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While outfitting a small outdoor space can be challenging, it's certainly achievable. With a little creativity and a few clever design tricks to maximize space, there are so many small garden ideas to be inspired by. Double-duty patio furniture, vertical gardens and unique planters are just some of the simple and budget-friendly ways to make the most of your small garden.

If you're not sure where to begin before the warm weather arrives in your area, you'll appreciate this selection of inspirational landscaping tips and hacks that are too good not to try. Bonus: We've included an impressive range of DIY small garden projects from some of our favorite lifestyle bloggers. This list is full of genius ideas for balconies, tiny backyards, petite patios — you name it! In short, you don't have to call Versailles home to design a stunning outdoor space: Even with a small patch of green, the plants, flowers and landscaping ideas here will make your small garden fit for a queen.

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A Beautiful Mess
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Vertical Herb Garden

Whether you have a small yard or lack outdoor space altogether, a vertical garden can be a charming addition. You can create one on your own with landscape fabric and copper pipe.

Get the tutorial at A Beautiful Mess »

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Bless'er House
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Repurposed Shelf Garden Box

If you're partial to vintage-inspired decor and happen to have an old shelf that's been collecting dust in your home, consider turning it into a garden box. It's the perfect spot for herbs like mint, thyme and parsley.

Get the tutorial at Bless'er House »

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Scared Thoughts of a Crafty Mom
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DIY Bubble Fountain

With just a few supplies, including a submersible pump, a waterproof pot and decorative river rocks, you can make your garden more zen with an eye-catching DIY bubble fountain.

Get the tutorial at Scared Thoughts of a Crafty Mom »

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Rolf 2-Piece Galvanized Iron Wall Planter Set
Mistana

If you've been longing to give vertical gardening a try, now's your chance. Go for one or two planters, depending on just how green your thumb is.

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Large Metal Candle Lantern
H&M

Lighting is important for an outdoor space, especially if it's on the small side. Illuminate yours with this stylish metal lantern that fits one large pillar candle.

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A Beautiful Mess
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Herb Garden

There's something special about an orderly display of potted plants, especially when they're in vibrant colors that showcase the beauty of the season.

Get the tutorial at A Beautiful Mess »

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Sugar & Cloth
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Faux Grass Stepping Stones

You might not have a huge lawn, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy a bit of grass — even if it's faux. These faux grass stepping stones are inexpensive to make on your own.

Get the tutorial at Sugar & Cloth »

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Crafts by Amanda
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Mason Jar Planters

Add a country-chic touch to your garden with these mason jar planters (pint or quart size), which are perfect for herbs of all kinds.

Get the tutorial at Crafts by Amanda »

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Stella Glazed Ceramic Decorative Garden Stool
Safavieh

You can't go wrong with a versatile piece of decor like this garden stool that works for resting drinks, reading material or even a plant or two. Plus, it's designed to withstand the elements, which means you'll be able to use it season after season.

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Canvas Carry-All Garden Stool
Terrain

Small gardens call for double-duty essentials. The perfect example? This nifty tool bag that doubles as a foldable chair.

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Lattice Green Wall

Obsessed with lattice? For an unexpected touch to your garden, let the pattern set the foundation for a green wall.

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Lisa Romerein
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Fold-Out Shelf

You can't go wrong with taking advantage of outdoor wall space. A simple fold-out shelf can serve as the perfect spot to display small plants and outdoor entertaining essentials.

RELATED: 12 Best Amazon Outdoor Decor Items for the Backyard of Your Dreams

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Brian Woodcock
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Patterned Hanging Planters

Enhance greenery or statement floral arrangements with a pair of potted hanging planters.

RELATED: The Best Indoor Plant Stands for Every Decor Style

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Hammock

Play up your garden's cozy factor with a stylish hammock, designed for an afternoon nap or getting lost in a good book.

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Globe String Lights

Any outdoor gathering would be so much more fun if classic string lights are in the mix, whether you choose to hang them on a fence or under a pergola.

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Fence Planters

Window boxes can be used in so many creative ways. Fill one with vibrant blooms—a great match for a white picket fence.

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Vibrant Chairs

Outfitting a small space doesn't mean you have to settle for drab furniture. The brighter, the better is the way to go to bring your space to life.

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Aanya Hardwood Dark Red Meranti Potting Bench
Sol 72 Outdoor

With a roomy shelf underneath, this wood piece doubles as a mini garden "shed" for storage.

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Floral Still Life Sling Chair
Society6

When it comes to an impromptu yard game, consider folding furniture, like this floral style, to easily free up space in an instant.

Square foot gardening by planting flowers, herbs and vegetables in wooden box on balcony
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Square Foot Gardening

This highly efficient method divides raised beds into a grid. Vegetables then get planted in one or more squares at a density based on plant size (e.g., you’d plant about 16 radish seeds per square, but only one tomato plant).

RELATED: The Pros and Cons of Square Foot Gardening

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Buy Ecopots Hanging Pot

Ditch those unsightly plastic hanging pots for a sleek bowl like this waterproof design that's available in four colors: charcoal, stone, clay and slate.

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Mike Garten
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Flower-Filled Planters

Instantly boost your home’s curb appeal with bright blooms on each side of your front door. Expecting guests? Steal these tricks
from our home team: Add stems from a supermarket bouquet for extra fullness and mint for a fragrant burst.

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Buff Strickland
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Container Gardening

SHOP POTS

Green up your patio or deck with oversized terracotta or plastic planters overflowing with anything from tomatoes to wildflowers. (The lush lineup here creates a pretty privacy wall!)

RELATED: Everything You Need to Know About Container Gardening

Little orange tree
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Potted Fruit Trees

SHOP ORANGE TREES

If you've got a tiny patio or balcony, you can grow a fruit tree. Calamondin orange or fig trees especially do well in pots at least 1 foot in diameter and 1 foot deep. Just watch out: Choose a variety that can survive at least two zones colder than where you live, because planters will freeze faster than the ground.

RELATED: 8 Fruit Trees You Can Grow Right on Your Porch

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Companion Planting

Placing flowers and veggies together in the same beds doesn't just save space. It'll help boost your yields and keep plants happy by attracting more pollinators.

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Mike Garten
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Fairy Garden

Think small — really small — with this adorable project. Outfitted with a mini birdhouse, rustic stones, and teeny-tiny accessories, this planter is the perfect thing to make with kids.

Get the tutorial »

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The Backyard Homestead

If you have ¼ acre of land (or even less!), you can produce your own vegetables, fruits, grains, eggs, and more — this book shares garden plans, landscaping tips, planting tricks, chicken coop ideas, and more.

pink camellia trees in full bloom
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Dwarf Trees

Averaging about 15 feet tall and wide, many ornamental or dwarf tree varieties can handle tiny spaces. Crowd-pleasers like dogwoods, camellias, crepe myrtle, and crabapples offer both flowers and foliage too.

RELATED: The 9 Best Trees for Small Yards

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Mid Century Plant Stands
Mkono
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Amazon shoppers are obsessed with this cute wooden plant stand that can fit just about anywhere. Consider your yard officially Instagrammable. (Note: The plant and pot is not included.)

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Habit + Form Rectangle Trough

If your outdoor dining spot could use a little green, try adding one of these long planters to the table. The cold-rolled steel can stand up to the elements, and succulents will adapt to even the shallowest containers.

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