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40+ Small Garden Ideas – Small Garden Designs


small garden ideas, small yard landscaping ideas

Buff Strickland

You don’t have to call Versailles home to design a stunning outdoor space. Even with a petite patch of green, these creative planters, patio decorations, and unique ideas will make your small yard or garden fit for a king.

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.

1 of 40

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 »

3 of 40

Potting Table With Storage

Leisure Season
wayfair.com

$232.99

With roomy cabinets underneath, this red cedar piece doubles as a mini garden “shed” for storage. Plus you can hang tools up top so they’re right at hand when you need to do a little repotting.

4 of 40

Zinc Wall Planter

Anthropologie
anthropologie.com

$88.00

Vertical gardening doesn’t get any easier than this. Pick from one, three, or 18 cube versions depending on how green your thumb is. 

5 of 40

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

6 of 40

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

7 of 40

AMAZON BEST SELLER

Mid Century Plant Stands

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.)

8 of 40

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. 

RELATED: 5 Mistakes You’re Making With Your Succulents

10 of 40

Trained Trees

You can actually prune certain types of fruit trees to grow against a wall, a process called espalier. Start with a 1- or 2-year-old tree and attach two supple branches to the wire about 18 inches off the ground, advises the Oregon State University Extension Service. Then take time as the seasons go on to prune your tree carefully.

11 of 40

Porch Plants

If you don’t have space on the ground for the garden of your dreams, use porch ceilings to display your plant babies in hanging baskets.

14 of 40

AMAZON BEST SELLER

Wooden Plant Display Stand

Not all scaffolding is an eyesore. You’ll get six levels of greenery and blooms with this stained pine plant stand. It maxes out at 37 inches long, 10 inches wide, and 37 inches tall, and can hold up to 44 pounds altogether. 

16 of 40

Repurposed Shutters

SHOP SUCCULENTS

Lean louvers (old or new) against an exterior wall and fill slots with hearty plants such as succulents or mosses. Succulents are nearly indestructible, but can get scorched in direct sunlight, so put them on the shady side of your home.

17 of 40

Galvanized Tubs

To create contrast with terracotta pots, transform inexpensive galvanized-steel washtubs into planters. This long, low oval version, with drainage holes poked in the bottom, shows off a basil crop.

18 of 40

Lorelei Quatrefoil Garden Stool

Beachcrest Home
wayfair.com

$87.99

It doubles as a seat or side table depending on what you need at the moment. Bring the stool inside during the winter and use it as a perch in the bathroom, or as an end table in the living room. 

19 of 40

Pallet Garden

SHOP POTS

Attach clay pots to a pallet with nails and stainless steel cable ties for a living art display that keeps your rosemary and basil at the ready. Space out the pots so your plants have room to grow

20 of 40

Hanging Earthenware Bowl

Those plastic hanging pots from the nursery don’t exactly add much to the equation. Swap them out for a pretty bowl like this one. 

21 of 40

Window Boxes

You don’t even need a yard to wake up to a view of blooming flowers every morning. Flowering annuals like geraniums, marigolds, wax begonias, coleus, scarlet sage, and flowering tobacco are all good choices.

22 of 40

ASKHOLMEN Plant Stand

Easily stack pots of herbs or flowers with this wooden plant stand that tucks neatly into the corner. 

23 of 40

Shoe Organizer Garden

SHOP SHOE ORGANIZERS

Hang an old canvas over-the-door shoe organizer on a fence or wall, then fill the compartments with dirt and wispy ferns or vines.

24 of 40

Marisella Beach Chair

Anthropologie
anthropologie.com

$149.95

Folding furniture is key when you need to move chairs aside for an impromptu yard game. 

25 of 40

Ladder Garden

Turn a wooden ladder into a space-saving stand for flowers, veggies, and herbs with just a few boards and a coat of paint.

Get the tutorial »

26 of 40

Unusual Planters

Just about anything can hold plants if it’s got sufficient drainage (i.e., a few holes drilled in the bottom). The handle on this vintage toolbox makes relocating succulents to a shadier spot a snap.

27 of 40

Climbing Plants

Train wisteria to grow over the front door, liven up a bare wall with bougainvillea, or let clematis climb up a mailbox. A simple stake in the dirt is all the trellis you’ll need.

28 of 40

Gilded Lantern

Anthropologie
anthropologie.com

$48.00

Add a little mood lighting to a deck or outdoor space with flickering candles set in gilded glass. 

29 of 40

Plant-Filled Furniture

This clever table works hard for your yard: Not only is it a neat way to showcase plants, but it’s also a nice spot to place your book as you sip lemonade.

Get the tutorial at Today’s Nest »

30 of 40


small garden ideas, small yard landscaping ideas

Buff Strickland

You don’t have to call Versailles home to design a stunning outdoor space. Even with a petite patch of green, these creative planters, patio decorations, and unique ideas will make your small yard or garden fit for a king.

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.

1 of 40

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 »

3 of 40

Potting Table With Storage

Leisure Season
wayfair.com

$232.99

With roomy cabinets underneath, this red cedar piece doubles as a mini garden “shed” for storage. Plus you can hang tools up top so they’re right at hand when you need to do a little repotting.

4 of 40

Zinc Wall Planter

Anthropologie
anthropologie.com

$88.00

Vertical gardening doesn’t get any easier than this. Pick from one, three, or 18 cube versions depending on how green your thumb is. 

5 of 40

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

6 of 40

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

7 of 40

AMAZON BEST SELLER

Mid Century Plant Stands

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.)

8 of 40

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. 

RELATED: 5 Mistakes You’re Making With Your Succulents

10 of 40

Trained Trees

You can actually prune certain types of fruit trees to grow against a wall, a process called espalier. Start with a 1- or 2-year-old tree and attach two supple branches to the wire about 18 inches off the ground, advises the Oregon State University Extension Service. Then take time as the seasons go on to prune your tree carefully.

11 of 40

Porch Plants

If you don’t have space on the ground for the garden of your dreams, use porch ceilings to display your plant babies in hanging baskets.

14 of 40

AMAZON BEST SELLER

Wooden Plant Display Stand

Not all scaffolding is an eyesore. You’ll get six levels of greenery and blooms with this stained pine plant stand. It maxes out at 37 inches long, 10 inches wide, and 37 inches tall, and can hold up to 44 pounds altogether. 

16 of 40

Repurposed Shutters

SHOP SUCCULENTS

Lean louvers (old or new) against an exterior wall and fill slots with hearty plants such as succulents or mosses. Succulents are nearly indestructible, but can get scorched in direct sunlight, so put them on the shady side of your home.

17 of 40

Galvanized Tubs

To create contrast with terracotta pots, transform inexpensive galvanized-steel washtubs into planters. This long, low oval version, with drainage holes poked in the bottom, shows off a basil crop.

18 of 40

Lorelei Quatrefoil Garden Stool

Beachcrest Home
wayfair.com

$87.99

It doubles as a seat or side table depending on what you need at the moment. Bring the stool inside during the winter and use it as a perch in the bathroom, or as an end table in the living room. 

19 of 40

Pallet Garden

SHOP POTS

Attach clay pots to a pallet with nails and stainless steel cable ties for a living art display that keeps your rosemary and basil at the ready. Space out the pots so your plants have room to grow

20 of 40

Hanging Earthenware Bowl

Those plastic hanging pots from the nursery don’t exactly add much to the equation. Swap them out for a pretty bowl like this one. 

21 of 40

Window Boxes

You don’t even need a yard to wake up to a view of blooming flowers every morning. Flowering annuals like geraniums, marigolds, wax begonias, coleus, scarlet sage, and flowering tobacco are all good choices.

22 of 40

ASKHOLMEN Plant Stand

Easily stack pots of herbs or flowers with this wooden plant stand that tucks neatly into the corner. 

23 of 40

Shoe Organizer Garden

SHOP SHOE ORGANIZERS

Hang an old canvas over-the-door shoe organizer on a fence or wall, then fill the compartments with dirt and wispy ferns or vines.

24 of 40

Marisella Beach Chair

Anthropologie
anthropologie.com

$149.95

Folding furniture is key when you need to move chairs aside for an impromptu yard game. 

25 of 40

Ladder Garden

Turn a wooden ladder into a space-saving stand for flowers, veggies, and herbs with just a few boards and a coat of paint.

Get the tutorial »

26 of 40

Unusual Planters

Just about anything can hold plants if it’s got sufficient drainage (i.e., a few holes drilled in the bottom). The handle on this vintage toolbox makes relocating succulents to a shadier spot a snap.

27 of 40

Climbing Plants

Train wisteria to grow over the front door, liven up a bare wall with bougainvillea, or let clematis climb up a mailbox. A simple stake in the dirt is all the trellis you’ll need.

28 of 40

Gilded Lantern

Anthropologie
anthropologie.com

$48.00

Add a little mood lighting to a deck or outdoor space with flickering candles set in gilded glass. 

29 of 40

Plant-Filled Furniture

This clever table works hard for your yard: Not only is it a neat way to showcase plants, but it’s also a nice spot to place your book as you sip lemonade.

Get the tutorial at Today’s Nest »

30 of 40


small garden ideas, small yard landscaping ideas

Buff Strickland

You don’t have to call Versailles home to design a stunning outdoor space. Even with a petite patch of green, these creative planters, patio decorations, and unique ideas will make your small yard or garden fit for a king.

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.

1 of 40

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 »

3 of 40

Potting Table With Storage

Leisure Season
wayfair.com

$232.99

With roomy cabinets underneath, this red cedar piece doubles as a mini garden “shed” for storage. Plus you can hang tools up top so they’re right at hand when you need to do a little repotting.

4 of 40

Zinc Wall Planter

Anthropologie
anthropologie.com

$88.00

Vertical gardening doesn’t get any easier than this. Pick from one, three, or 18 cube versions depending on how green your thumb is. 

5 of 40

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

6 of 40

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

7 of 40

AMAZON BEST SELLER

Mid Century Plant Stands

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.)

8 of 40

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. 

RELATED: 5 Mistakes You’re Making With Your Succulents

10 of 40

Trained Trees

You can actually prune certain types of fruit trees to grow against a wall, a process called espalier. Start with a 1- or 2-year-old tree and attach two supple branches to the wire about 18 inches off the ground, advises the Oregon State University Extension Service. Then take time as the seasons go on to prune your tree carefully.

11 of 40

Porch Plants

If you don’t have space on the ground for the garden of your dreams, use porch ceilings to display your plant babies in hanging baskets.

14 of 40

AMAZON BEST SELLER

Wooden Plant Display Stand

Not all scaffolding is an eyesore. You’ll get six levels of greenery and blooms with this stained pine plant stand. It maxes out at 37 inches long, 10 inches wide, and 37 inches tall, and can hold up to 44 pounds altogether. 

16 of 40

Repurposed Shutters

SHOP SUCCULENTS

Lean louvers (old or new) against an exterior wall and fill slots with hearty plants such as succulents or mosses. Succulents are nearly indestructible, but can get scorched in direct sunlight, so put them on the shady side of your home.

17 of 40

Galvanized Tubs

To create contrast with terracotta pots, transform inexpensive galvanized-steel washtubs into planters. This long, low oval version, with drainage holes poked in the bottom, shows off a basil crop.

18 of 40

Lorelei Quatrefoil Garden Stool

Beachcrest Home
wayfair.com

$87.99

It doubles as a seat or side table depending on what you need at the moment. Bring the stool inside during the winter and use it as a perch in the bathroom, or as an end table in the living room. 

19 of 40

Pallet Garden

SHOP POTS

Attach clay pots to a pallet with nails and stainless steel cable ties for a living art display that keeps your rosemary and basil at the ready. Space out the pots so your plants have room to grow

20 of 40

Hanging Earthenware Bowl

Those plastic hanging pots from the nursery don’t exactly add much to the equation. Swap them out for a pretty bowl like this one. 

21 of 40

Window Boxes

You don’t even need a yard to wake up to a view of blooming flowers every morning. Flowering annuals like geraniums, marigolds, wax begonias, coleus, scarlet sage, and flowering tobacco are all good choices.

22 of 40

ASKHOLMEN Plant Stand

Easily stack pots of herbs or flowers with this wooden plant stand that tucks neatly into the corner. 

23 of 40

Shoe Organizer Garden

SHOP SHOE ORGANIZERS

Hang an old canvas over-the-door shoe organizer on a fence or wall, then fill the compartments with dirt and wispy ferns or vines.

24 of 40

Marisella Beach Chair

Anthropologie
anthropologie.com

$149.95

Folding furniture is key when you need to move chairs aside for an impromptu yard game. 

25 of 40

Ladder Garden

Turn a wooden ladder into a space-saving stand for flowers, veggies, and herbs with just a few boards and a coat of paint.

Get the tutorial »

26 of 40

Unusual Planters

Just about anything can hold plants if it’s got sufficient drainage (i.e., a few holes drilled in the bottom). The handle on this vintage toolbox makes relocating succulents to a shadier spot a snap.

27 of 40

Climbing Plants

Train wisteria to grow over the front door, liven up a bare wall with bougainvillea, or let clematis climb up a mailbox. A simple stake in the dirt is all the trellis you’ll need.

28 of 40

Gilded Lantern

Anthropologie
anthropologie.com

$48.00

Add a little mood lighting to a deck or outdoor space with flickering candles set in gilded glass. 

29 of 40

Plant-Filled Furniture

This clever table works hard for your yard: Not only is it a neat way to showcase plants, but it’s also a nice spot to place your book as you sip lemonade.

Get the tutorial at Today’s Nest »

30 of 40


small garden ideas, small yard landscaping ideas

Buff Strickland

You don’t have to call Versailles home to design a stunning outdoor space. Even with a petite patch of green, these creative planters, patio decorations, and unique ideas will make your small yard or garden fit for a king.

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.

1 of 40

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 »

3 of 40

Potting Table With Storage

Leisure Season
wayfair.com

$232.99

With roomy cabinets underneath, this red cedar piece doubles as a mini garden “shed” for storage. Plus you can hang tools up top so they’re right at hand when you need to do a little repotting.

4 of 40

Zinc Wall Planter

Anthropologie
anthropologie.com

$88.00

Vertical gardening doesn’t get any easier than this. Pick from one, three, or 18 cube versions depending on how green your thumb is. 

5 of 40

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

6 of 40

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

7 of 40

AMAZON BEST SELLER

Mid Century Plant Stands

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.)

8 of 40

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. 

RELATED: 5 Mistakes You’re Making With Your Succulents

10 of 40

Trained Trees

You can actually prune certain types of fruit trees to grow against a wall, a process called espalier. Start with a 1- or 2-year-old tree and attach two supple branches to the wire about 18 inches off the ground, advises the Oregon State University Extension Service. Then take time as the seasons go on to prune your tree carefully.

11 of 40

Porch Plants

If you don’t have space on the ground for the garden of your dreams, use porch ceilings to display your plant babies in hanging baskets.

14 of 40

AMAZON BEST SELLER

Wooden Plant Display Stand

Not all scaffolding is an eyesore. You’ll get six levels of greenery and blooms with this stained pine plant stand. It maxes out at 37 inches long, 10 inches wide, and 37 inches tall, and can hold up to 44 pounds altogether. 

16 of 40

Repurposed Shutters

SHOP SUCCULENTS

Lean louvers (old or new) against an exterior wall and fill slots with hearty plants such as succulents or mosses. Succulents are nearly indestructible, but can get scorched in direct sunlight, so put them on the shady side of your home.

17 of 40

Galvanized Tubs

To create contrast with terracotta pots, transform inexpensive galvanized-steel washtubs into planters. This long, low oval version, with drainage holes poked in the bottom, shows off a basil crop.

18 of 40

Lorelei Quatrefoil Garden Stool

Beachcrest Home
wayfair.com

$87.99

It doubles as a seat or side table depending on what you need at the moment. Bring the stool inside during the winter and use it as a perch in the bathroom, or as an end table in the living room. 

19 of 40

Pallet Garden

SHOP POTS

Attach clay pots to a pallet with nails and stainless steel cable ties for a living art display that keeps your rosemary and basil at the ready. Space out the pots so your plants have room to grow

20 of 40

Hanging Earthenware Bowl

Those plastic hanging pots from the nursery don’t exactly add much to the equation. Swap them out for a pretty bowl like this one. 

21 of 40

Window Boxes

You don’t even need a yard to wake up to a view of blooming flowers every morning. Flowering annuals like geraniums, marigolds, wax begonias, coleus, scarlet sage, and flowering tobacco are all good choices.

22 of 40

ASKHOLMEN Plant Stand

Easily stack pots of herbs or flowers with this wooden plant stand that tucks neatly into the corner. 

23 of 40

Shoe Organizer Garden

SHOP SHOE ORGANIZERS

Hang an old canvas over-the-door shoe organizer on a fence or wall, then fill the compartments with dirt and wispy ferns or vines.

24 of 40

Marisella Beach Chair

Anthropologie
anthropologie.com

$149.95

Folding furniture is key when you need to move chairs aside for an impromptu yard game. 

25 of 40

Ladder Garden

Turn a wooden ladder into a space-saving stand for flowers, veggies, and herbs with just a few boards and a coat of paint.

Get the tutorial »

26 of 40

Unusual Planters

Just about anything can hold plants if it’s got sufficient drainage (i.e., a few holes drilled in the bottom). The handle on this vintage toolbox makes relocating succulents to a shadier spot a snap.

27 of 40

Climbing Plants

Train wisteria to grow over the front door, liven up a bare wall with bougainvillea, or let clematis climb up a mailbox. A simple stake in the dirt is all the trellis you’ll need.

28 of 40

Gilded Lantern

Anthropologie
anthropologie.com

$48.00

Add a little mood lighting to a deck or outdoor space with flickering candles set in gilded glass. 

29 of 40

Plant-Filled Furniture

This clever table works hard for your yard: Not only is it a neat way to showcase plants, but it’s also a nice spot to place your book as you sip lemonade.

Get the tutorial at Today’s Nest »

30 of 40


small garden ideas, small yard landscaping ideas

Buff Strickland

You don’t have to call Versailles home to design a stunning outdoor space. Even with a petite patch of green, these creative planters, patio decorations, and unique ideas will make your small yard or garden fit for a king.

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.

1 of 40

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 »

3 of 40

Potting Table With Storage

Leisure Season
wayfair.com

$232.99

With roomy cabinets underneath, this red cedar piece doubles as a mini garden “shed” for storage. Plus you can hang tools up top so they’re right at hand when you need to do a little repotting.

4 of 40

Zinc Wall Planter

Anthropologie
anthropologie.com

$88.00

Vertical gardening doesn’t get any easier than this. Pick from one, three, or 18 cube versions depending on how green your thumb is. 

5 of 40

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

6 of 40

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

7 of 40

AMAZON BEST SELLER

Mid Century Plant Stands

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.)

8 of 40

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. 

RELATED: 5 Mistakes You’re Making With Your Succulents

10 of 40

Trained Trees

You can actually prune certain types of fruit trees to grow against a wall, a process called espalier. Start with a 1- or 2-year-old tree and attach two supple branches to the wire about 18 inches off the ground, advises the Oregon State University Extension Service. Then take time as the seasons go on to prune your tree carefully.

11 of 40

Porch Plants

If you don’t have space on the ground for the garden of your dreams, use porch ceilings to display your plant babies in hanging baskets.

14 of 40

AMAZON BEST SELLER

Wooden Plant Display Stand

Not all scaffolding is an eyesore. You’ll get six levels of greenery and blooms with this stained pine plant stand. It maxes out at 37 inches long, 10 inches wide, and 37 inches tall, and can hold up to 44 pounds altogether. 

16 of 40

Repurposed Shutters

SHOP SUCCULENTS

Lean louvers (old or new) against an exterior wall and fill slots with hearty plants such as succulents or mosses. Succulents are nearly indestructible, but can get scorched in direct sunlight, so put them on the shady side of your home.

17 of 40

Galvanized Tubs

To create contrast with terracotta pots, transform inexpensive galvanized-steel washtubs into planters. This long, low oval version, with drainage holes poked in the bottom, shows off a basil crop.

18 of 40

Lorelei Quatrefoil Garden Stool

Beachcrest Home
wayfair.com

$87.99

It doubles as a seat or side table depending on what you need at the moment. Bring the stool inside during the winter and use it as a perch in the bathroom, or as an end table in the living room. 

19 of 40

Pallet Garden

SHOP POTS

Attach clay pots to a pallet with nails and stainless steel cable ties for a living art display that keeps your rosemary and basil at the ready. Space out the pots so your plants have room to grow

20 of 40

Hanging Earthenware Bowl

Those plastic hanging pots from the nursery don’t exactly add much to the equation. Swap them out for a pretty bowl like this one. 

21 of 40

Window Boxes

You don’t even need a yard to wake up to a view of blooming flowers every morning. Flowering annuals like geraniums, marigolds, wax begonias, coleus, scarlet sage, and flowering tobacco are all good choices.

22 of 40

ASKHOLMEN Plant Stand

Easily stack pots of herbs or flowers with this wooden plant stand that tucks neatly into the corner. 

23 of 40

Shoe Organizer Garden

SHOP SHOE ORGANIZERS

Hang an old canvas over-the-door shoe organizer on a fence or wall, then fill the compartments with dirt and wispy ferns or vines.

24 of 40

Marisella Beach Chair

Anthropologie
anthropologie.com

$149.95

Folding furniture is key when you need to move chairs aside for an impromptu yard game. 

25 of 40

Ladder Garden

Turn a wooden ladder into a space-saving stand for flowers, veggies, and herbs with just a few boards and a coat of paint.

Get the tutorial »

26 of 40

Unusual Planters

Just about anything can hold plants if it’s got sufficient drainage (i.e., a few holes drilled in the bottom). The handle on this vintage toolbox makes relocating succulents to a shadier spot a snap.

27 of 40

Climbing Plants

Train wisteria to grow over the front door, liven up a bare wall with bougainvillea, or let clematis climb up a mailbox. A simple stake in the dirt is all the trellis you’ll need.

28 of 40

Gilded Lantern

Anthropologie
anthropologie.com

$48.00

Add a little mood lighting to a deck or outdoor space with flickering candles set in gilded glass. 

29 of 40

Plant-Filled Furniture

This clever table works hard for your yard: Not only is it a neat way to showcase plants, but it’s also a nice spot to place your book as you sip lemonade.

Get the tutorial at Today’s Nest »

30 of 40


small garden ideas, small yard landscaping ideas

Buff Strickland

You don’t have to call Versailles home to design a stunning outdoor space. Even with a petite patch of green, these creative planters, patio decorations, and unique ideas will make your small yard or garden fit for a king.

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.

1 of 40

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 »

3 of 40

Potting Table With Storage

Leisure Season
wayfair.com

$232.99

With roomy cabinets underneath, this red cedar piece doubles as a mini garden “shed” for storage. Plus you can hang tools up top so they’re right at hand when you need to do a little repotting.

4 of 40

Zinc Wall Planter

Anthropologie
anthropologie.com

$88.00

Vertical gardening doesn’t get any easier than this. Pick from one, three, or 18 cube versions depending on how green your thumb is. 

5 of 40

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

6 of 40

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

7 of 40

AMAZON BEST SELLER

Mid Century Plant Stands

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.)

8 of 40

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. 

RELATED: 5 Mistakes You’re Making With Your Succulents

10 of 40

Trained Trees

You can actually prune certain types of fruit trees to grow against a wall, a process called espalier. Start with a 1- or 2-year-old tree and attach two supple branches to the wire about 18 inches off the ground, advises the Oregon State University Extension Service. Then take time as the seasons go on to prune your tree carefully.

11 of 40

Porch Plants

If you don’t have space on the ground for the garden of your dreams, use porch ceilings to display your plant babies in hanging baskets.

14 of 40

AMAZON BEST SELLER

Wooden Plant Display Stand

Not all scaffolding is an eyesore. You’ll get six levels of greenery and blooms with this stained pine plant stand. It maxes out at 37 inches long, 10 inches wide, and 37 inches tall, and can hold up to 44 pounds altogether. 

16 of 40

Repurposed Shutters

SHOP SUCCULENTS

Lean louvers (old or new) against an exterior wall and fill slots with hearty plants such as succulents or mosses. Succulents are nearly indestructible, but can get scorched in direct sunlight, so put them on the shady side of your home.

17 of 40

Galvanized Tubs

To create contrast with terracotta pots, transform inexpensive galvanized-steel washtubs into planters. This long, low oval version, with drainage holes poked in the bottom, shows off a basil crop.

18 of 40

Lorelei Quatrefoil Garden Stool

Beachcrest Home
wayfair.com

$87.99

It doubles as a seat or side table depending on what you need at the moment. Bring the stool inside during the winter and use it as a perch in the bathroom, or as an end table in the living room. 

19 of 40

Pallet Garden

SHOP POTS

Attach clay pots to a pallet with nails and stainless steel cable ties for a living art display that keeps your rosemary and basil at the ready. Space out the pots so your plants have room to grow

20 of 40

Hanging Earthenware Bowl

Those plastic hanging pots from the nursery don’t exactly add much to the equation. Swap them out for a pretty bowl like this one. 

21 of 40

Window Boxes

You don’t even need a yard to wake up to a view of blooming flowers every morning. Flowering annuals like geraniums, marigolds, wax begonias, coleus, scarlet sage, and flowering tobacco are all good choices.

22 of 40

ASKHOLMEN Plant Stand

Easily stack pots of herbs or flowers with this wooden plant stand that tucks neatly into the corner. 

23 of 40

Shoe Organizer Garden

SHOP SHOE ORGANIZERS

Hang an old canvas over-the-door shoe organizer on a fence or wall, then fill the compartments with dirt and wispy ferns or vines.

24 of 40

Marisella Beach Chair

Anthropologie
anthropologie.com

$149.95

Folding furniture is key when you need to move chairs aside for an impromptu yard game. 

25 of 40

Ladder Garden

Turn a wooden ladder into a space-saving stand for flowers, veggies, and herbs with just a few boards and a coat of paint.

Get the tutorial »

26 of 40

Unusual Planters

Just about anything can hold plants if it’s got sufficient drainage (i.e., a few holes drilled in the bottom). The handle on this vintage toolbox makes relocating succulents to a shadier spot a snap.

27 of 40

Climbing Plants

Train wisteria to grow over the front door, liven up a bare wall with bougainvillea, or let clematis climb up a mailbox. A simple stake in the dirt is all the trellis you’ll need.

28 of 40

Gilded Lantern

Anthropologie
anthropologie.com

$48.00

Add a little mood lighting to a deck or outdoor space with flickering candles set in gilded glass. 

29 of 40

Plant-Filled Furniture

This clever table works hard for your yard: Not only is it a neat way to showcase plants, but it’s also a nice spot to place your book as you sip lemonade.

Get the tutorial at Today’s Nest »

30 of 40


small garden ideas, small yard landscaping ideas

Buff Strickland

You don’t have to call Versailles home to design a stunning outdoor space. Even with a petite patch of green, these creative planters, patio decorations, and unique ideas will make your small yard or garden fit for a king.

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.

1 of 40

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 »

3 of 40

Potting Table With Storage

Leisure Season
wayfair.com

$232.99

With roomy cabinets underneath, this red cedar piece doubles as a mini garden “shed” for storage. Plus you can hang tools up top so they’re right at hand when you need to do a little repotting.

4 of 40

Zinc Wall Planter

Anthropologie
anthropologie.com

$88.00

Vertical gardening doesn’t get any easier than this. Pick from one, three, or 18 cube versions depending on how green your thumb is. 

5 of 40

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

6 of 40

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

7 of 40

AMAZON BEST SELLER

Mid Century Plant Stands

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.)

8 of 40

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. 

RELATED: 5 Mistakes You’re Making With Your Succulents

10 of 40

Trained Trees

You can actually prune certain types of fruit trees to grow against a wall, a process called espalier. Start with a 1- or 2-year-old tree and attach two supple branches to the wire about 18 inches off the ground, advises the Oregon State University Extension Service. Then take time as the seasons go on to prune your tree carefully.

11 of 40

Porch Plants

If you don’t have space on the ground for the garden of your dreams, use porch ceilings to display your plant babies in hanging baskets.

14 of 40

AMAZON BEST SELLER

Wooden Plant Display Stand

Not all scaffolding is an eyesore. You’ll get six levels of greenery and blooms with this stained pine plant stand. It maxes out at 37 inches long, 10 inches wide, and 37 inches tall, and can hold up to 44 pounds altogether. 

16 of 40

Repurposed Shutters

SHOP SUCCULENTS

Lean louvers (old or new) against an exterior wall and fill slots with hearty plants such as succulents or mosses. Succulents are nearly indestructible, but can get scorched in direct sunlight, so put them on the shady side of your home.

17 of 40

Galvanized Tubs

To create contrast with terracotta pots, transform inexpensive galvanized-steel washtubs into planters. This long, low oval version, with drainage holes poked in the bottom, shows off a basil crop.

18 of 40

Lorelei Quatrefoil Garden Stool

Beachcrest Home
wayfair.com

$87.99

It doubles as a seat or side table depending on what you need at the moment. Bring the stool inside during the winter and use it as a perch in the bathroom, or as an end table in the living room. 

19 of 40

Pallet Garden

SHOP POTS

Attach clay pots to a pallet with nails and stainless steel cable ties for a living art display that keeps your rosemary and basil at the ready. Space out the pots so your plants have room to grow

20 of 40

Hanging Earthenware Bowl

Those plastic hanging pots from the nursery don’t exactly add much to the equation. Swap them out for a pretty bowl like this one. 

21 of 40

Window Boxes

You don’t even need a yard to wake up to a view of blooming flowers every morning. Flowering annuals like geraniums, marigolds, wax begonias, coleus, scarlet sage, and flowering tobacco are all good choices.

22 of 40

ASKHOLMEN Plant Stand

Easily stack pots of herbs or flowers with this wooden plant stand that tucks neatly into the corner. 

23 of 40

Shoe Organizer Garden

SHOP SHOE ORGANIZERS

Hang an old canvas over-the-door shoe organizer on a fence or wall, then fill the compartments with dirt and wispy ferns or vines.

24 of 40

Marisella Beach Chair

Anthropologie
anthropologie.com

$149.95

Folding furniture is key when you need to move chairs aside for an impromptu yard game. 

25 of 40

Ladder Garden

Turn a wooden ladder into a space-saving stand for flowers, veggies, and herbs with just a few boards and a coat of paint.

Get the tutorial »

26 of 40

Unusual Planters

Just about anything can hold plants if it’s got sufficient drainage (i.e., a few holes drilled in the bottom). The handle on this vintage toolbox makes relocating succulents to a shadier spot a snap.

27 of 40

Climbing Plants

Train wisteria to grow over the front door, liven up a bare wall with bougainvillea, or let clematis climb up a mailbox. A simple stake in the dirt is all the trellis you’ll need.

28 of 40

Gilded Lantern

Anthropologie
anthropologie.com

$48.00

Add a little mood lighting to a deck or outdoor space with flickering candles set in gilded glass. 

29 of 40

Plant-Filled Furniture

This clever table works hard for your yard: Not only is it a neat way to showcase plants, but it’s also a nice spot to place your book as you sip lemonade.

Get the tutorial at Today’s Nest »

30 of 40


small garden ideas, small yard landscaping ideas

Buff Strickland

You don’t have to call Versailles home to design a stunning outdoor space. Even with a petite patch of green, these creative planters, patio decorations, and unique ideas will make your small yard or garden fit for a king.

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.

1 of 40

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 »

3 of 40

Potting Table With Storage

Leisure Season
wayfair.com

$232.99

With roomy cabinets underneath, this red cedar piece doubles as a mini garden “shed” for storage. Plus you can hang tools up top so they’re right at hand when you need to do a little repotting.

4 of 40

Zinc Wall Planter

Anthropologie
anthropologie.com

$88.00

Vertical gardening doesn’t get any easier than this. Pick from one, three, or 18 cube versions depending on how green your thumb is. 

5 of 40

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

6 of 40

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

7 of 40

AMAZON BEST SELLER

Mid Century Plant Stands

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.)

8 of 40

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. 

RELATED: 5 Mistakes You’re Making With Your Succulents

10 of 40

Trained Trees

You can actually prune certain types of fruit trees to grow against a wall, a process called espalier. Start with a 1- or 2-year-old tree and attach two supple branches to the wire about 18 inches off the ground, advises the Oregon State University Extension Service. Then take time as the seasons go on to prune your tree carefully.

11 of 40

Porch Plants

If you don’t have space on the ground for the garden of your dreams, use porch ceilings to display your plant babies in hanging baskets.

14 of 40

AMAZON BEST SELLER

Wooden Plant Display Stand

Not all scaffolding is an eyesore. You’ll get six levels of greenery and blooms with this stained pine plant stand. It maxes out at 37 inches long, 10 inches wide, and 37 inches tall, and can hold up to 44 pounds altogether. 

16 of 40

Repurposed Shutters

SHOP SUCCULENTS

Lean louvers (old or new) against an exterior wall and fill slots with hearty plants such as succulents or mosses. Succulents are nearly indestructible, but can get scorched in direct sunlight, so put them on the shady side of your home.

17 of 40

Galvanized Tubs

To create contrast with terracotta pots, transform inexpensive galvanized-steel washtubs into planters. This long, low oval version, with drainage holes poked in the bottom, shows off a basil crop.

18 of 40

Lorelei Quatrefoil Garden Stool

Beachcrest Home
wayfair.com

$87.99

It doubles as a seat or side table depending on what you need at the moment. Bring the stool inside during the winter and use it as a perch in the bathroom, or as an end table in the living room. 

19 of 40

Pallet Garden

SHOP POTS

Attach clay pots to a pallet with nails and stainless steel cable ties for a living art display that keeps your rosemary and basil at the ready. Space out the pots so your plants have room to grow

20 of 40

Hanging Earthenware Bowl

Those plastic hanging pots from the nursery don’t exactly add much to the equation. Swap them out for a pretty bowl like this one. 

21 of 40

Window Boxes

You don’t even need a yard to wake up to a view of blooming flowers every morning. Flowering annuals like geraniums, marigolds, wax begonias, coleus, scarlet sage, and flowering tobacco are all good choices.

22 of 40

ASKHOLMEN Plant Stand

Easily stack pots of herbs or flowers with this wooden plant stand that tucks neatly into the corner. 

23 of 40

Shoe Organizer Garden

SHOP SHOE ORGANIZERS

Hang an old canvas over-the-door shoe organizer on a fence or wall, then fill the compartments with dirt and wispy ferns or vines.

24 of 40

Marisella Beach Chair

Anthropologie
anthropologie.com

$149.95

Folding furniture is key when you need to move chairs aside for an impromptu yard game. 

25 of 40

Ladder Garden

Turn a wooden ladder into a space-saving stand for flowers, veggies, and herbs with just a few boards and a coat of paint.

Get the tutorial »

26 of 40

Unusual Planters

Just about anything can hold plants if it’s got sufficient drainage (i.e., a few holes drilled in the bottom). The handle on this vintage toolbox makes relocating succulents to a shadier spot a snap.

27 of 40

Climbing Plants

Train wisteria to grow over the front door, liven up a bare wall with bougainvillea, or let clematis climb up a mailbox. A simple stake in the dirt is all the trellis you’ll need.

28 of 40

Gilded Lantern

Anthropologie
anthropologie.com

$48.00

Add a little mood lighting to a deck or outdoor space with flickering candles set in gilded glass. 

29 of 40

Plant-Filled Furniture

This clever table works hard for your yard: Not only is it a neat way to showcase plants, but it’s also a nice spot to place your book as you sip lemonade.

Get the tutorial at Today’s Nest »

30 of 40

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