Small plants and gardens that pack a punch
We are the Big Plant Nursery but as you know, we have plants of all different shapes and sizes. This month we have been thinking about small plants that pack a punch.
Small to mid- size plants are great for borders and complimenting larger plants/focal points. When selecting plants always check what size they are expected to grow to as of course, some of the plants we sell have not yet reached maturity.
There are a number of smaller versions of larger plants that could be used in smaller spaces. Dwarf Nandinas will only get to half the size of their full-sized parents. There are some lovely dwarf Japanese Maples that provide the same stunning qualities but on smaller plants. Acer palmatum ‘Kiyohime’ is a good one to go for.
Alternatively, herbaceous plants are smaller but can still provide impact with foliage colour, such as Senecio ‘Angel Wings’ and Vinca minor ‘Ralph Shugert’ or long flowering periods like Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’.
These are our top smaller plant picks (in no particular order):
- Nandina domestica ‘Sieka’ (Obsession)
- Cordyline australis ‘Torbay Dazzler’
- Vinca minor ‘Ralph Shugert’
- Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’
- Mahonia ‘Soft Caress’
- Senecio candicans ‘Angel Wings’
- Festuca glauca ‘Intense Blue’
- Japanese Maples
- Small evergreen conifers
Pocket Rocket Gardens
Small gardens can have a huge impact. With a smaller garden you can dedicate all your time, energy and budget into a space that shouts WOW! Sticking to one theme suits a smaller garden best. For example, you could choose a traditional cottage garden style in the middle of town, create an urban jungle or go sleek and modern in a small cottage garden. If you have a courtyard or low maintenance garden, why not surround yourself with tall architectural plants in raised beds and pots. The options are endless, so consider what will fit in with your life style as well as what you like the look of.
If you have a large garden, you can take inspiration from this and create separate zones within the one garden. Imagine it being like a city made up by different boroughs.
Here is our guide to getting the most of your small garden <click here>