Perfect plants for small gardens

Plants have to work extra hard to earn their keep in a small garden. Where space is limited, it’s important to think about what they contribute to the overall design – hopefully colour, structure and a long season of interest. 

Don’t fall into the trap of buying a range of dwarf plants, or you’ll end up recreating Lilliput, with the garden flowering gaily around your ankles! Although it’s important to bear in mind a plant’s eventual height and spread, you can always keep their size in check by annual pruning. Instead, choose a range of palnts that will create layers of interest, with tall shrubs and climbers to make the most of the vertical space, and smaller plants that will flower for ages, in shade where required.  

Our top 10 plants


1. Hydrangea quercifolia

2. Erysimum cheiri

3. Clematis ‘Picardy’

4. Euphorbia amygdaloides 

5. Trachylospermum jasminoides

6. Geranium ‘Rozanne’

7. Lamium maculatum

8. Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata’

9. Liriope muscari

10. Lamprocapnos spectabilis


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