If you only have a small yard, growing apples might not be on the cards.
There is one solution though if you want your own fresh picked apples - rent an apple tree!
There are quite a few farms that do it now and at around £30 per tree a year it is very cost effective. You can enjoy the opportunity to inspect your tree at blossom time and then enjoy a harvest day in the autumn.
With our changing climate especially with all the rain in the UK last year, moss is a likely candidate as perfect ground cover in our yards.
This is a display box at Kyoto's Silver Temple in Japan showing a range of mosses that are used in the formal garden there. But I love the format of the display boxes which makes a superb feature in its own right - it would look great with a range of different saxifrages as well.
Clematis armandii is a great early flowering clematis especially for south facing walls or fences.
The large dark green leathery leaves help it to cling onto trellis supports or other plants. Let it ramble amongst other climbers to create year long interest.
What do you do when your hanging basket is just too heavy to hang on the wall bracket?
It seemed a great idea to choose a square gothic looking wire hanging basket for this years summer display. Colour theme was chosen - red and yellow with petunias, golden creeeping jenny, variegated geranium and a gold leaved trailing fuchsia.
Once planted and settled in, it looked super but it was just too heavy. So I emptied out plants and compost and packed the base with polystyrene but it was still too heavy.
It now has pride of place on top of a pillar -looks as if it was made for the position!
We are all familiar with bedding wallflowers, planted out in the autumn in containers and borders ready to provide us with colour in spring. The plants used are biennials that we throw away after flowering. There are though perennial wallflowers such as the variety Fragrant Star as shown above that last for many years and form bushy plants that flower for several weeks each spring. They are perfect for smaller gardens as they keep compact and bushy and don't need a lot of looking after.
I hope you enjoy my blogging scrapbook of all things relating to owning and living with a very small garden.
My own yard is only 5m x 5m so I understand the challenges involved in trying to use this small space to the full.
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