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No matter what the size of your growing area, you can have a beautiful and bountiful garden. Maybe you’re limited to growing plants on a balcony, or you’re trying to brighten up a corner near your front door. Or perhaps time constraints prevent you from expanding your gardens. Whatever the reason, here are some plant suggestions and gardening techniques to help you make the most of your garden space.
Plants described as “dwarf,” “compact,” “tidy” or “clump-forming,” and those with “an upright habit” are good choices for gardeners with limited space. Avoid those with descriptors like “sprawling,” “multiplies readily” or “good for naturalizing” as these may overrun your small space.
Plant breeders have done wonders taking large species and creating smaller-stature varieties. Stella D’Oro Daylily, for example, grows about 16″ tall; compare that to the Original Orange Daylily at 48″ tall. Similarly, Brim Cup Hosta grows a manageable 16″ tall and wide, while Sum and Substance Hosta grows 4′ tall and up to 9′ wide! So it pays to plant descriptions carefully.
Here’s a list of plants that are compact, long-blooming and/or have attractive foliage: Recommended Perennial Plants for Small-Space Gardens.