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A Complete List Of Fall Plants

Summer might be drawing to a close, but that doesn’t mean your gardening efforts have to follow suit. Just as there are plants that thrive in the summer, there are plants that thrive in the fall. The key to successful fall planting is to start early before the fall season begins in earnest. Here is a list of flowers and vegetables that will give you the most success in planting your fall garden.

Fall Plants

  1. Michaelmas Daisy
    This flower comes in shades of white, flower, blue, purple and pink. They start blooming in late August and continue until the start of winter. They blend especially well with other flowers, so if you’re looking for variety then this is a good pick.
  2. Blue Mist Shrub
    Blue Mist Shrubs are often found in perennial gardens. It starts to blossom in August and is particularly attractive to insects. They also come in yellow and other varieties.
  3. Turtlehead
    This flower gets its name from its shape when in blossom (like a turtlehead). It doesn’t thrive in dry conditions, but it comes into its own once things get damp. Fall showers will provide the perfect conditions for that.
  4. Chrysanthemums
    These are the staple flowers for any autumn garden. It’s a tough plant that is capable of thriving in most climates and can bloom at the end of the season. They respond pretty well to cutting and come in different varieties.
  5. Eupatorium
    This plant variety is considered weed, but newer varieties can be adapted to fit a garden. It makes a good backdrop for the rest of the garden bed. The “domesticated” variety doesn’t have the aggression of the wild varieties—it also comes in white.
  6. Helenium
    These flowers grow tall and hardy and they thrive best in cool soil and plenty of sun. These plants are ideal for areas with poor drainage.
  7. Perennial Sunflower
    This flower is best known for its brilliant gold and blooms in late summer or early fall. They are a tough variety and generally last long. They need lots of sun (5 hours per day), but can so well even in poor soil.
  8. False Sunflower
    As the name implies, the false sunflower looks very much like the perennial sunflower, but is not. It does bloom a bit earlier than its genuine counterpart and lasts for up to eight weeks.
  9. Stone Crop
    If you’re looking for a low-maintenance plant, the Stone Crop is as good as it gets. It maintains its look all year round with few problems (except deer). It’s a great addition to your garden and won’t cost much to maintain.
  10. Solidago
    This is one plant variety you don’t have to worry about getting too tall. When it reaches full bloom it begins to flop, but there are other varieties that are much sturdier.
  11. Broccoli
    This nutritious vegetable can be harvested in the fall. It is best to plant the seed in late summer for the best results.
  12. Brussels Sprouts
    This vegetable does well in chilly conditions, so it’s a pretty good addition to your garden—and your dinner table.
  13. Celeriac
    As with others, this root vegetable is best planted in late summer; what it lacks in attractiveness it makes up for in taste.
  14. Collards
    Collards are a green vegetable you shouldn’t leave out. For the best taste, harvest after frost exposure.
  15. Green Onions
    If you’re looking for a durable plant, green onions are a good bet. You don’t have to harvest them right away, as they can survive the winter.
  16. Kohlrabi
    This purple plant is a fast grower and thrives best in cool weather. It can become mature in as little as six weeks.
  17. Lettuce
    If you like to stock up on your salads, lettuce is a good option. Lettuce does pretty well in cool weather and makes a great addition to your dinner plate.
  18. Beets
    Beets are a good choice for fall harvest, but be sure to soak the seeds for quicker germination.
  19. Pumpkin
    What’s Halloween without pumpkin? This is another vegetable that can be planted in late summer for a fall harvest.
  20. Peas
    Another plant that thrives in cool weather, they can also grow pretty quickly.

Cool weather brings a great harvest if you plant the right stuff. Each plant variety has its own season and if you plant the right varieties, you can have a thriving garden for most of the year. Gardening takes work and you will also need tools. At Infinity Gardens, we have the tools and the advice to help you. Get in touch with us today to see how we can help your garden thrive, fall cleanup, or visit our website to check out our catalogue of products.

Sources:
15 Vegetables You Can Plant Now For Fall Harvest
Top Fall Blooming Flowers For Your Garden

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Getting Your Garden Ready For Fall And Winter

Summer is over and you will have to start preparing your garden for the cold weather. Cool temperatures don’t mean the end of harvesting—lots of plants thrive in the fall season. You can also take steps to ensure that you have some fertile ground for the next planting season. Here are some tips to help you get the best out of your garden in the coming fall and help it survive the cold winter.

Prepare Your Garden For Fall And Winter

Preparing For Autumn

Compost Correctly

Avoid composting pepper and tomato plants. They might still carry diseases and you don’t want it being passed into the soil. Also avoid composting damaged fruit seeds still on plants. What you should compost are chopped leaves and any other well-degraded organic material you have kept. In addition, the leaves can help prevent the soil from eroding. Use all the compost you have from the previous year (provided it’s safe) before you use new compost.

Get rid of weeds as soon as you can. If you leave them they will dig deeper roots and be even harder to remove next year.

Sweep out Your Garden

It’s important to clean your garden of debris. First remove the plants, then tackle any fallen leaves or branches and then disinfect. This keeps your garden free of disease.

Plant Cover Crops

Cover crops (also known as green manure) are plants that can actually preserve your garden until you are ready to plant. They control weeds, pests and diseases, as well as enriching the soil. They are easy to plant and require little care, but be sure to water them in times of draught and get rid of them before they become difficult to remove.

Plant Fall Vegetables

You can plant vegetables that thrive in cool temperatures and have a short growing season. There is a wide variety: beets, lettuce, broccoli … the list goes on. Pick the ones you prefer to eat.

Plant Evergreens

Evergreens make your garden look good year-round and give you something more than just snow. Sarcococca and Daphne are a couple plants you can look at—especially if you want flowers in the winter.

Net Ponds

If you have a pond, then make sure to cover it up from falling leaves. Neglecting this can turn your pond into a swamp, not to mention the work it takes to clean it up. Mesh and bricks are all you need to have the perfect covering.

Preparing For Winter

Winter can help or hurt your garden. The snow acts an insulator for the soil, much like mulch. On the other hand, if too much slow piles on evergreen branches then breakage occurs. Remove snow from the lower branches and let the snow piled on the upper ones melt.

Perennials

Trim perennials to soil-level after frost. This helps to remove pest eggs and disease. Don’t forget the compost. It acts as a valuable soil conditioner to kill pathogens and weed seeds. Also, prune diseased foliage from plants and make sure they are gathered and discarded.

Trees

If you’ve got young trees, protect the bark by surrounding them with wire or use commercial guard products. For evergreen trees use burlap screens to protect from the dry winter wind and sun.

Roses

Roses can be an especially complex job—how much you prepare depends on the severity of the winter. The first thing you need to do is to remove all mulch from beneath the roses, then spread fresh mulch around the base. To prevent rodents from nesting in the mulch, wait until the ground freezes to spread the mulch. Give the rose plenty of water. Pick roses that can survive the winter such as Chicago Peach or Double Delight.

Preserve Your Tools

When not in use, put away your garden tools in a safe place. This fall is the best time to carry out repairs and replace tools if necessary. If your shed is not secure, do some repairs and consider upgrading the security around it—this could include stronger locks or even an alarm system.

Preparing for the fall and winter is just as important as planting and harvesting. The more you prepare in the fall and winter, the better your harvest will be next year. Clear away all diseased shrubs and branches and use organic compost to get rich soil for next year. Plant the right crops that will last through the cool temperatures and harvest them at the right time. It’s good to get advice from a garden supplier about new tools and methods for gardening. For more information, visit our website and take a look at our product catalogue or send us a message. The best thing to do is to come in for a visit and talk to one of our staff.

Sources:
Preparing Your Garden For Winter
How To Plan an Autumn Kitchen Garden
Top Ten Autumn Tips to Prepare Your Garden For Winter

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Watering Your Garden: Are You Doing It Right?

When it comes to watering your garden, there are no hard and fast rules that can be applied to all gardens. That said, the amount of water you use will depend on the specifics of your garden, such as the type of plants, the type of soil, and the climatic conditions in which your garden is situated. It is always important to pay careful attention when watering your plants, as too much or too little water can have a negative impact on plants’ growth.

How To Water Your Garden

Water According to Soil Type and Condition

How much water you apply depends both on the type of soil your plant is situated in, as well as the amount of soil present. A good practice is to feel the weight of the pot before you water it. Generally the heavier the pot, the more moisture it contains. Therefore if your pot feels light, then water slowly. Feel the pot’s weight again and continue until it weighs just about right. Make sure you target the roots, as this is where the plants need water the most.

The soil type in your garden determines how much water you should apply. Clay soil holds much more moisture (and for a longer period) than say, sandy soil. Also, the healthier your soil, the more water it can retain. Therefore it’s a good idea to apply mulch or some other soil fertilizer. If you are having the opposite problem, where the soil is absorbing water too fast, adding compost might be good to slow it down.

A useful tool to measure the level of moisture in your plant is a soil moisture sensor. If you want to go low-tech, then simply stick a spade in the soil and pull it back out to determine the level of moisture. The deeper you water, the stronger the growth of your plants. One to two inches of water per week is considered to be the general rule of thumb among gardeners.

Ways to Water Your Garden

There are several ways to water your garden, and each method is best suited for different plant or garden types.

  • Hand Watering

    Hand watering is not always the best option, but it depends on whether you are watering individual plants or an entire garden. In the case of the latter, you risk distributing the water unevenly. Therefore it is best to reserve hand watering (either by hose or watering can) for individual plants.

  • Soaker Hoses

    Soaker hoses are one of the more efficient ways to water a garden, as they focus on the soil than the plants themselves. This reduces the amount of water wasted, and helps for a more even distribution.

  • Drip Irrigation

    This is similar to a soaker hose and even more efficient. It drives water close to the roots and performs the same job using less water. This option, though, is slightly more expensive. But, if your garden is part of a business or you have a large garden, then it’s worth the investment.

  • Sprinklers

    Sprinklers should be used with caution. They can potentially waste a lot of water if not done correctly. With a sprinkler, you risk over-watering your plants and setting them up for diseases. On the other hand, sprinklers add a great deal of moisture to the soil. It is best to limit sprinkler use to morning and evening.

When and How Much to Water Your Plants

  • Early morning and late afternoon are usually the best times to water your garden, as the cooler temperature will result in less water loss.
  • Sometimes wilting leaves are a sign that your plants need water—but not always. Some plants—like eggplant—will wilt under hot conditions.
  • The life cycle of your plants are also an indicator of when you should water them and how much. If your plants are recently transplanted then you only need light, steady watering. When there is flowering and fruit formation, light watering is also critical. When vegetables reach maturity, watering should be reduced to prevent splitting.

Conclusion

When watering plants, there are many variables to consider: soil type, time of day, the size of your garden, the life cycle of the plant, and the ultimate purpose of your garden. Efficient watering aims at the root, and uses less water to moisturize the soil. The hotter the conditions, the more you will have to water your garden, but over-watering is a real danger. Check the soil regularly and know what type of soil you have.

For more advice on watering your garden, you can speak to a professional or garden supply store. If there are tools available to make your garden more efficient and fruitful, they will certainly be able to tell you about it.

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Tips To Get Your Garden Ready For Fall

Before the first hint of a chill hits the air, before you get out the sweaters and pumpkin spice lattés, you should get your garden ready for fall. If you’re not sure how, try our tips to prepare your garden for that crisp autumn air.

Tips To Get Your Garden Ready For Fall

Spring into autumn

Before the ground freezes, you should plant your spring bulbs. Spring bulbs need to be planted early so that they are able to grow properly. For best results, ensure that your spring bulbs are planted at the end of summer or at least by mid-October. After that you risk dealing with frozen ground and soil that is less than kind.

Play doctor with your plants

Any plant that is dead by fall has the chance to infect your entire garden. Get rid of diseased or expired foliage before autumn hits, otherwise you can have an outbreak in your garden that carries over into next season. You don’t have to get rid of the entire infected plant, but you will need to trim away dead or sick stems and leaves. The same goes for weeds. Get rid of them now, otherwise you’ll be dealing with them in the fall.

Stake your trees

If you’ve planted trees in the summer, you’ll need to stake them before fall is upon us. Newly planted trees may not be strong enough to deal with the wind and rain that fall brings, but staking them will help them stay put. Depending on where you live, you may even see snow in the fall. Staking your new trees before autumn is a great way to ensure they remain intact as they grow.

Give your perennials a haircut

Perennials, once they’ve gone dormant, will need to be trimmed. Before fall hits, give your perennials a good pruning. If the stems and leaves of your perennials have not turned brown or yellow yet, you can wait to give them a cut. However, at the onset of any discolouration, it’s time to get out the pruning shears. Now is also a good time to divide up dormant perennials.

Mulch it up

Garden beds need to retain moisture, especially as temperatures drop. Mulch your garden beds at the end of summer so that they’re ready for fall. Also spread compost over your vegetable garden to make sure that it’ll be prepared for the temperature fluctuations that come with autumn. Plus, mulching and compost spreading ensures that your garden will be ready to be dug into come spring.

Don’t stop planting

Just because fall’s around the corner, doesn’t mean you have to stop planting. Many people take a hiatus from their garden as summer dies down, because they feel nothing will grow when the weather changes. This is simply not true. Your garden can be ongoing year-round. Although you don’t have to deal with it during the snowy season, you can still plant in the fall for spring.

Give your tools a bath

Garden tools can rust or stop working as effectively when they’re dirty. Take the time to give your tools a good cleaning before fall. Ideally, you should be cleaning your tools before the onset of each season but many of us forget. So, since you’re already preparing your garden for fall, you might as well give your tools a bath too. Make sure that everything is nice and dry before you leave it for the season.

Set a reminder

Many people neglect to water their garden during fall because they assume the rain will take care of it. If it rains daily where you live, this won’t be a problem. However, if you’re lucky enough to enjoy a warmer than usual fall, then you’ll need to remember to water your garden. Set reminders for yourself so you don’t forget to water your plants. You should also set another reminder to remind yourself to take in any clay pots you have in your garden. You do not want those left outside in the fall or winter. They will become damaged and you’ll have to get new ones. Save yourself the headache and the money by taking your clay pots in before fall.

For the birds

Fall brings beautiful birds with incredible plumage. If you don’t have a bird feeder, you can make your own DIY version or purchase one at your local dollar store. Set up a bird feeder in your backyard and as soon as autumn hits, you’ll notice gorgeous feathered creatures will be flocking to say hello. Just remember to add bird seed regularly, otherwise the birds will stop coming back.

Get your garden ready for fall now, so you don’t have to worry about it when the ground starts to freeze.

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Budget Friendly Garden Design Ideas

There is no need to empty your bank account in order to update your garden. Spruce up your backyard with a few easy and budget-friendly design ideas.

Budget-Friendly Garden Upgrades

Plant With Perennials

Although perennials may cost you a little more in the beginning, they return year after year, making them the essential budget-friendly flower choice. You can fill your garden with these beauties and not have to worry about spending money on new plants each spring. Beautiful perennials that are hearty enough to survive the Calgary climate include: Peony, Bearded Iris, Sea Lavender, Blue Flax, Daylily, the Iceland Poppy, and a variety of succulent rosettes and ornamental grasses.

To start, decide on one of two different design approaches for perennial flowers: a single-color floral garden or a combination-colour garden. Whatever you choose, the financial and visual benefits of planting perennials pay well – annually.

Dig Out a DIY Fire Pit

A fire pit is something the entire family can get behind. S’mores after dinner. Sing-alongs at dusk. You might be asking yourself, ‘why didn’t we build a fire pit sooner?’ They are easy to make and will provide endless amusement all summer long. For the project, you will only need four supplies: Stone pavers, bricks or cinder blocks; sand or gravel; a shovel; and, a rake.

Find a suitable place in your backyard for your new fire pit, one that is both convenient and safe. Make sure that it’s in an open area away from the house, low tree limbs or anything else flammable. Clear away debris and shovel out an area of grass for your fire pit. Arrange the pavers, bricks or cinder blocks in your desired shape. Once assembled, add sand or gravel to the pit. Rake the area to create a smooth surface. Add dry wood. Then, rush to the store and buy marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate.

Create a Pathway

Pavers are an inexpensive design idea that create amazing visual impact. If you have bare earth you would like to cover or unused ground space in your yard, use broken pavers to build a mosaic pattern or whole pavers to create a grid. Place moss between the pavers for added visual impact. This will lend an ethereal vibe to an otherwise unused space. Using both pavers and plant moss means you need less of each, which is also light on your budget.

Build A Graveled Courtyard

Gravel is an inexpensive way to update your garden. Use it to designate a modest courtyard amongst your bushes and flowers to sip refreshments with friends. A gravel floor is almost maintenance-free and completely adaptable, as well as perfect for both relaxing and entertaining. If you like, change the shape or size of the floor with each season. The design is not etched in stone, making the possibilities for your garden inexpensive and numerous.

An Accent Colour

Choose a colour and use it to amplify your garden’s beauty. Paint the colour extensively throughout the space – on doors, fences, pots and garden furniture. Any quality exterior-grade paint that is oil-based or latex-based, in a bucket or spray can, is fine to use in your garden. When painting metal, choose a variety that is rust-resistant.

If you have limited space, painting a few items in the same color creates intensity and serenity. A few colors that look fabulous in gardens include: lavender, magenta, teal, deep purple, lime green, sunny yellow, and reds.

Become a Salvage

Not a Savage. Bring your purging rituals outdoors and upcycle unused household items to use in your garden. Find new use for that old armoire or china cabinet, especially ones with peeling paint. Plus, their drawers make for excellent storage. Adding antique pieces to your garden will not only update its look, but also shed your home of unnecessary clutter.

If you do not have anything you would like to remove from your home, visit a thrift store or flea market. You will find interesting used pieces for far less than you would new – perfect to brave the weather in your garden.

Old and toughened wood also looks striking in a garden. Leftover lumber is easy to convert into a bench or potting table and will feel right at home in your garden.

Updating your garden does not have to be an expensive task. All you need is a little creativity and time. Have fun with the process – that’s what gardens are there for. If you’re still not sure what updates you would like to make, and feel that you need some assistance, Infinity Gardens can help make any garden designs you’d like to accomplish.

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How To Master The Art Of Edible Landscaping

Landscaping doesn’t always have to be a purely aesthetic exercise. Your garden can potentially supplement your food diet and help you to live a healthier lifestyle (not to mention reduce your food bill). Hence the reason why it is good to master the art of edible landscaping. Your garden can have a variety of produce: fruits, herbs and vegetables. Depending on what you plan on growing, you can try different methods and styles. This is a chance for you to be quite creative with your garden.

Edible Landscaping

Vegetable Gardens

Vegetable gardens do not have to be bland; they can be both practical and stylish. You can plant certain vegetables together according to their looks. For example, cabbage and cauliflower go very well together due to their colours. You can plant them in blocks and clusters as opposed to traditional rows. You can also plant them inside containers and boxes.

If you are worried about shade, there are lots of vegetables that grow well without direct exposure to the sun: cabbage, cauliflower, garlic, lettuce, spinach, beans and radishes are all options for you.

You can plant your vegetables in all sorts of spaces. Pole beans, for example, can be planted along arbors and fences.

Fruit Trees

The idea of growing fruit trees might seem a bit impractical if you don’t have a lot of space to work with. But there are now miniature fruit trees commercially available, so it is possible to enjoy fruit even if you don’t have a huge backyard. They can be grown in barrels or pots. Strawberries can be used for edging by just planting them around the flower beds. Strawberries are especially beautiful in spring as they grow white flowers that become russet in fall.

Herbs

Herbs are well known for their medicinal and nutritional benefits, but don’t discount their decorative ability. Herbs now come in a variety of colours other than traditional green and can make good foliage for your garden. Rosemary is a popular herb that can add some flavour to your garden. If you are looking for something that can withstand hot and dry weather then thyme would be a good bet. Not only is it a good plant for groundcover, it also exudes a fragrant smell.

Herbs can be mixed well with flowers and interior decorations. Some examples are basil, tarragon, plants and chives.

With time and practice, you can find out the combination that works best for your garden. For advice or ideas, consult our staff or visit us online for more information. You can find out about new techniques or tools available. There are lots of resources you can utilize to make the most of your gardening project.

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Getting Your Garden Ready For Spring

Spring is just around the corner, and that is good news for garden enthusiasts who want to see beautiful flowers and plants in their backyards instead of snow. But before you jump into the gardening, there are some things you need to do in order to make the most of your garden.

Spring-Ready Garden

Take Stock of Your Tools and Supplies

Make sure that you have adequate supplies for gardening: shovel, hoe, gloves, wheelbarrow and anything else that you know you use or might use to cultivate your garden. Inspect the tools that you do have for any signs of decay or damage. Check metal tools for rust and for wooden tools check for splits and cracks.

Inspect the Garden Bed

The harsh winter weather could easily damage your garden bed, so it is a good idea to repair or replace any damage to the frame. Also check for weeds that might have grown. Weeds can be your garden’s biggest enemy so make sure they are fully uprooted before you begin sowing.

Break up the Ground

The ground would have been frozen solid by the cold winter so you need to loosen it up. This can be hard work but it is important to make sure that your garden has the best environment to grow in. A rototiller would be a good tool for this. Alternatively you can use a hoe, shovel or pick.

Fertilize the Soil

Make sure that your soil is adequately fertilized. You can use commercial fertilizer or compost you might have accumulated. Just spread the compost over the top of the soil.

Shift around Perennials

Spring is a good opportunity to put some variety into your garden by trading plants. Just make sure that whatever plants you trade in are healthy, you don’t want to take the risk of cultivating unhealthy plants as they can ruin your entire garden.

Plant Vegetables Early

Some seeds actually germinate better in cooler weather so make sure you take advantage of the favourable spring conditions. After you sow, prune away any foliage to ensure that the seeds grow successfully.

Protect Your Plants

Spring can still bring on late spates of frost and snow. Prepare your plants for this by covering them in plastic and cloth. Check the weather forecast for any freezing weather and take action early.

Sometimes you might find yourself short of supplies or in need of some advice. If you have a local garden supplier, you can ask them about any new tools or information that can be useful. Our team at Infinity Gardens is available to offer their assistance, guidance and insight.

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Brighten up your Garden With These Winter Flowers

Fresh flowers are some of the best parts of spring and summer, so why stop now that winter’s here? Don’t let the cold weather keep you from having a bright and vibrant garden that’s sure to lift anyone’s mood. We’ve listed some plants that thrive all throughout the year, so let’s get started!

Winter Flower

Rhododendron Barbatum
The barbatum blooms much like other rhododendrons, which is in small clusters formed by even smaller flowers all pointing outwards as if they were arranged carefully by a florist.

A common colour for the barbatum bloom is red, making it just right for the Valentine season amid the white snow. This plant is a bit harder to find, although it’s not so exotic to be banned by law, so take the time to look out for it in stores, or consider asking your local nursery to have it shipped to your location.

Be careful where you plant it though, because it can only take as much as -15℃ of the cold, so if you’re far up North, this plant is better kept indoors.

Cornus Mas or Cornelian Cherry
The cornus mas is a perennial plant that can withstand temperatures of -25℃, making it a hardy choice for many Canadian gardens. It flowers even when the leaves have fallen off most deciduous trees, causing its bright yellow, trumpet-shaped blooms to stand out in the garden. By the time summer rolls around, the plant will produce clusters of cherries, which actually resemble grapes more, although the taste is still sour like a cherry.

Galanthus Nivalis or Snowdrop
The common snowdrop cultivar probably wouldn’t be considered a perennial because it’s a plant that grows from bulbs. As such, the average height of the plant doesn’t usually grow to be very tall, but instead it’s a delicate flower that can be hard to spot individually. In nature, many bulbs are found in close proximity of each other, carpeting the ground in this lovely flower with an orchid-like bloom: three petals form an outer ring and the centre forms another shape with the inner petals.

Other plants which bloom throughout the cold winter months include:

  • Erica carnea
  • Edgeworthia chrysantha
  • Prunus mume

These are just some of the plants that we’ve seen in bloom outside of summer and in Canada, although there are more to be found. Keep nature and its beauty near you year-round in your garden and in your home with fresh cut flowers and potted plants!

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Making The Most Of Your Small Patio

More and more people are flocking to Canada’s urban centres, making usable yard space (or lack there-of) more of an issue than ever before. Fortunately, there are many innovative ways to make your small patio unique, beautiful, and functional!

Small Patio

Install a Garden

Just because you don’t have a large yard, doesn’t mean you have to go without a garden. There are many ways to incorporate plants into your small patio which will bring an entirely new value to your space.

If you’re looking to get the most out of your dollar, hiring a professional is a must. They’ll be able to create a garden oasis no matter what size area you’re working with. However, if you’re working on a budget, there are still a few small improvements you can create yourself:

  • Mount canning jars on your wall to build an herb garden
  • Use repurposed wooden pallets to house herbs and cascading plants
  • Incorporate vines and cascading plants into the structure of your patio
  • Hang planters to create a vertical garden
  • Use repurposed items like cement blocks, wooden crates, birdcages, pails, and whatever else the flea market has to offer to create unique planters with a vintage vibe
  • Use a small shelving unit to house your potted plants

When building your patio garden, always think vertically to maximize the space. It’s amazing what can be accomplished with a little creativity!

Invest in the Proper Patio Furniture

The amount of patio furniture you can have depends on the size of your patio, and what you’d like to use it for. Benches are a great space saver because they can be built against the wall and create a more open area in the middle.

Here are a few other ideas for compact patio furniture:

  • Multi-tasking furniture:
  • Having a bench or ottoman double as storage for gardening supplies and other small items is a great way economize your space.

  • Collapsible furniture:
  • If your patio is usually used by just one or two people, all you may want is a bench or nook to sit in. However if you have company, you’ll likely need more. Collapsible furniture is useful for those occasions because once you’re done, you can just put it away and still enjoy your space.

Stores that sell patio furniture usually have lots of options for smaller spaces. Do research online and in-store to find what suits your aesthetic, and comfort.

Don’t Forget the Décor

Don’t sacrifice décor just because you have a small space! Like gardens, thinking vertically and using wall space is the key to maximizing your patio’s potential.

  • Repurposed items:
  • Using antiques or other ‘junk’ items is a great way to recycle and give your space a unique look.

  • Hanging items:
  • If you have any sort of ceiling—perhaps lattice or canopy—items like birdcages or wind chimes will hardly take up any space.

  • Mirrors:
  • Incorporating a mirror into your patio will make the space appear larger.

The key to getting the most out of your small patio is creativity and experimentation. Just because your patio is small, doesn’t mean it can’t be the patio of your dreams! For the best results, consult a professional. Companies like Infinity Gardens are able to make a mountain out of the smallest backyard molehills, giving you a beautiful space in even the smallest areas. Contact our team today to find out more!

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Peonies

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Peonies, Paeonia species, whose grandmother did not have some of these?

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