About the Small Spot Gardens blog

An incredible garden wall inside an Irish pub in Bogota, Colombia

For the gardens I work on I need new ideas for small areas all the time.  I’m inspired by creative use of colors, space, natural resources and materials and awhile ago I started taking photos of great little gardens so I could refer to them later when I was designing for clients.

At first the photos weren’t really organized in a way that I could use them so I started categorizing them and then I started making notes about each.  Now I can recall and combine multiple inspirations to make something new and special for each client.

Rather than continuing with a sort of personal photo journal I’ve decided to share what I’ve seen in the hope that others will be inspired by creative projects or that they’ll share similar ideas – especially designs that help make small space gardening more sustainable.

Cape oxalis that works?

For the moment I’ll be posting about any great small spot that catches my eye for aesthetic reasons but I’ll be particularly looking for:

  • good reuse of materials that would have otherwise gone into a landfill
  • low or no toxicity construction materials and techniques
  • designs that help with water issues – either by helping manage stormwater so runoff doesn’t pollute nearby bodies of water or by reducing the amount of water needed in a landscape
  • plants that thrive with minimal inputs
  • plants that thrive despite being in full shade in the winter and full to part sun in the summer (a common issue when the garden is surrounded by tall buildings)
  • designs that make good use of tight spaces
  • gardens that can handle drought and still look good, or better yet awesome combinations that embrace the browns, golds and yellows of a summer dry climate

designed by Small Spot Gardens

I’ll also show you projects that I’m working on, share plants that grow particularly well in difficult areas in my gardens, and report back on any pest management strategies that seem to work well.  The plants will be for my climate (San Francisco, CA) but the hardscape ideas will probably be appropriate for anyone.

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