Utilise your space and get creative with explorer plants that love to climb and crawl. There is still plenty of gardening to be done in compact gardens, on the patio, and all around your balcony. Don’t let space restrictions limit your green fingers this new year.
Best trellis trailers
Creepers and climbers will go to town on any wall, pillar, or arch where trellis support is possible. Consider these indigenous showstoppers that are low maintenance and naturally adapted to our climate.
- Pink trumpet vine (Podranea ricasoliana) in full sun. They boast an abundance of fragrant lilac-pink flowers.
- Flame creeper (Combretum microphyllum) in full sun. They are truly spectacular with flaming crimson flowers.
- Cape honeysuckle (Tecomaria capensis) in full sun. They bare tubular blooms in red, orange, yellow, and salmon.
Top tip: Arches, beams and pillars are a climber’s dream. Secure some wire around these structures and let your explorer plants do the rest. This is gardening and living décor achieved with simplicity and style.
Grow a gallery
If you’ve got a barren wall, decorate it with life! Get the look:
- Secure a few vertical growing containers against a wall.
- Upcycle some large frames with character and texture, secure them around the containers.
- Half fill your pots with compost and potting soil from your nursery.
- While you’re there, grab these lovelies to grow in your gallery:
Shaded babes - fuchsias, wild iris, September bush, and impatiens.
Sun lovers - black-eyed Susan, climbing snapdragons, verbena, and geraniums.
Try this: Go for a sophisticated succulent look by pairing potted rock roses with elegant white frames. Scatter white pebbles around your succulents to really bring out their eyes.
Hacks to upsize your small space
- Outdoor mirrors will help make your area appear larger.
- Suspend your furniture to save floor space.