Creative Ways to Enjoy Tiny Gardens

Teacup Gardens by The Inspired Room


While I admitted my plant challenges with the tale of my Fiddle Leaf Fig troubles, I still adore creative gardening in small spaces. It doesn’t matter whether the small garden is in a tea cup on my window sill, an old box on my porch, a pot on the deck, a pallet or even a little courtyard or small patio in my backyard. I just love being creative with plants in small spaces! I am not a plant or garden expert at all, it is just something I find therapeutic and fun! I look forward to creating more little spaces for plants every year. Eeek, I’m excited for spring!

front porch decorating ideas spring

This front garden near where I used to live in Lake Oswego used to always intrigue me. Such a small space, but so charming with all the plants! It was gazing and dreaming about gardens like this that inspired me to find creative ways to have my own tiny gardens inside and out!

back yard stone patio

This was one of my own small backyards, where we lived about 12 years ago in the Eastmoreland neighborhood of Portland. I designed the patio and planted the gardens myself and it is still one of my most favorite memories.

pea gravel patio progress

Last summer we created our own pea gravel patio and it is just begging me for a tiny garden with pots and plants! WOO HOO! I can’t wait! I’m going to have so much fun with this.

Whether you have space for a small backyard garden or only enough room for a tabletop variety, I’m rounding up some of my own little garden creations for you today!

potting table vegetable garden

I love using this old cement table for potted plants and herbs! I even grew some tomatoes! You really don’t need much space.

pallet garden

You might remember my pallet garden, it is fun to find new creative ways to showcase plants and flowers and gain a little privacy too!

teacart patio planter

Last year I used my teak teacart to show off herbs and plants. It provided plenty of room for plants but also brought lots of personality to the deck.


I loved how cute the succulents were peeking out the bottom of the cart!

flowers in the kitchen

Just one sweet potted plant in a unique container  is like a small flower garden!

Small Container Fairy Garden in a Wood Crate

Of course, I am always a sucker for a little fairy garden! FAIRY GARDENERS, UNITE!

Fairy Garden planted in a Crate

tabletop garden centerpiece in a crate

I loved putting together these sweet little boxed gardens in a crate, too. The crate had six sections so I just stuck some plants and random things in each section.

Glass terrarium with plants rocks and small chair

A terrarium is also a fun way to have a little tabletop garden and they are so easy to make!

backyard secret garden planting

You might remember we started planting a very small secret garden in my backyard last summer! Soon this will be my very own space to hide away.
Well, I guess I’ll actually be sharing it with Jack & Lily if they get any say in the matter! They can’t resist a small garden either.
I cannot wait to do more planting here!

Front Porch

A front porch is a perfect place to create a small garden — a few plants make such a welcoming place to come home to.

autumn porch

A dresser or table top is a fun place for tiny gardens, too! We set  an old dresser outside and it’s a unique statement for plants on our porch.

front porch 2 (1)

Look for unexpected containers for your plants, you can put plants in just about anything! We used our fireplace log holder for mums this fall.

front porch

And, who can resist a funny little owl with purple hair? No one.
Happy Gardening!

Do you love tiny gardens?

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