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A Garden for Your Small Porch

By Simon Crowther @prestigeflower

A garden for your small porch

If you have a small porch, patio, or balcony, you might not know exactly how to go about decorating this space. Small spaces are a challenge but they are not impossible. There are plenty of ways to add some colour and greenery to these areas.

Hanging plants

There are plenty of plants that are suitable for hanging instead of simply placing them on tables or the floor. You can even create your own vertical planters to hold a variety of plants. Many people enjoy using vertical planters for their fresh herbs. There is nothing like the taste of fresh herbs in your favourite dishes. Fresh parsley, dill, rosemary, thyme, basil and other herbs look great, smell amazing and they are easy to grow.

Choosing plants

Apart from herbs, there are also other plants that you can easily grow in smaller areas. These include strawberries, tomatoes and leafy greens. Consider the variety of the plant before purchasing any seeds or seedlings. Tomatoes are available in a number of varieties. Find out how large the plants usually grow before deciding whether or not you would like to cultivate it.


If you want to add some colour, you can consider flowering plants such as chrysanthemums, calendula, bergonia and impatients. Mini varieties of plants are also great for small spaces.

Make sure that you plan your space before planting too many flowers and plants. You don't want to completely overcrowd the area. You also want to consider the weather throughout the year. Some plants are perennials and other are annuals. Which means that some plants will become dormant in the winter while others will perish and require replanting. Finally, don't forget about potential pests and how to keep them at bay. Companion planting and natural repellents are available if you want to avoid chemicals.

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