Top 10 Plants For Small Spaces

By Teo Spengler | February 17, 2018
by Teo Spengler
February 17, 2018

Small gardens are not unusual these days, especially in big cities, so exceptional plants for small spaces are much in demand. One of the advantages of a cozy garden is the close focus on each plant, encouraging you to admire details of blossoms or foliage that might be lost in a mass planting.

You can make a big statement in a small backyard by bringing in unusual colors, textures and fragrances. Whether your goal is to dress up a patio area, dramatize a courtyard or just add to a container garden, you’ll find oodles of options with plants. Here are ten great smaller-footprint plants that deserve a separate look.

1. Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum) – Graceful and charming, these small maples are popular for their lobed leaves and dramatic fall color. Japanese maples do best in filtered sunlight.

2. Loquat (Eriobotrya japonica) – This little fruit tree is a broad-leaved evergreen with attractive shiny leaves and white winter flowers. The loquat fruit ripens from April to June.

3. Oakleaf hydrangea – The compact Ruby Slippers oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Ruby Slippers’) won’t grow taller than you are, but it produces spectacular upright flower clusters that open white in early summer, blush a pale pink before maturing into deep rose.

4. Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’ – This Agastache offers dusty blue spikes of blossoms and spicy, anise-scented foliage.

5. Bleeding Heart ‘Red Fountain’ (Dicentra spectabilis) – A garden perennial with some of the most intricately beautiful flowers, heart-shaped and delicate is the bleeding heart. The foliage is an attractive blue-green.

6. Fountain Grass Karley Rose (Pennisetum orientale) – Ornamental grasses are wonderful backdrops for flowering shrubs. Karley Rose has unusual rose-colored plumes that grow to 3 feet (.9m) as they mature.

7. Weeping Yaupon Holly (Ilex vomitoria ‘Pendula’) – Here’s a holly with an unusual and graceful growth habit. It has small, shiny leaves and white flowers followed by the familiar red berries.

8. Forsythia x intermedia Show Off – This compact version of early blooming forsythia produces egg-yolk yellow flowers that ae brighter, larger and packed more densely than the specimen plant, ideal for a tight hedge or sunny corner.

9. Fairy Rose Shrub – Look for wave after wave of small, fully double flowers in frank pink all summer and into autumn. It’s a great ground cover, perfect for a hedge.

10. Veronica ‘Purpleicious’ – This veronica’s royal-purple spikes make a bold statement in the backyard garden. The flowers are sweetly fragrant and the color contrasts dramatically with the deep green foliage.

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