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Small and narrow space - need ideas!

Hello dear everyone,

my name is Greta and I am new here. I was looking for a great forum and I think I found one! I am renting a house which has a relatively small garden. In the pictures attached you can see how much space I have got to be creative. :/ Not so much, huh? Looking at other threads I got a bit discouraged, so many of you are lucky to have spacious gardens. Can you please help me to chose the plants for this space? It is in shadows for most of the day.

Thanks to all of you in advance and I am happy to be a part of community here! 





P.S. Here's a photo of what I think of planting in by the fence, do you think it will be fine? 





  • Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

    I wonder how big those yews grow eventually? Many a time I've planted a dwarf species only to find it's turned into a monster a few years later!!

  • Hello,Greta

    What about a small Fountain?

    Water features always look nice,specialy in summer!

  • Hi Greta,

    You're renting, so do you want to concentrate on containers and things that you can take with you when you move?

    I'm fairly new to gardening, but I've quickly learnt that it's possible to spend an absolute fortune on 'stuff', so it's vital to have a plan and a budget!


  • If the garden doesnt have too much sun there are plenty of Hostas out there with some brilliant foliage.  Beware of slugs or you will end up with some very lacy leaves.

  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,577

    Hi Greta,

    I was also thinking about that fact that you might move and want to take your plants with you rather than benefit the landlord. My daughter has a very narrow front garden and has used galvanised incinerators as containers. They are in the shade for a lot of the day and last summer had a wonderful display of plants. You could use a mulch in between containers and could grow almost anything you fancy such as the conifers you have illustrated, rhubarb, climbers. 




  • Pretty, Ceres! image

  • Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

    That's interesting Verdun thanks.

  • I am pleasantly overwhelmed with the responses!  I am so so thankful for you advice and ideas - I am putting down the names you've mentioned and will see what I can come up with! 

    Thank you for reminding me to consider planting in containers - I forgot about them completely! 

    I love dahlias, but am still in my early research and search for a seller. Has any of you tried buying the plants online? 

    Thank you my dear Gardening Pen Pals and speak with you soon! 


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