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Planting ideas for small spaces

No matter what size space you have there's always room to grow, as these trade stands at Chatsworth Flower Show 2018 demonstrated

Glamorous and green: the outdoors indoors


Extend your garden by inviting it indoors. Mix floral soft furnishings with bold green plants such as; Ficus benjamina (weeping fig), Chlorophytum comosum (spider plant) and Epipremnum aureum (devil's ivy). Add a touch of glamour to your summer house with regal decor and Phalaenopsis (moth orchid) as seen at the Malvern Collection trade stand.

Uplifting planters

Play with height in your planters to maximise the growing space, like Bramblecrest Garden Furniture's designers did. The Laurus nobilis (bay tree) in the centre adds prominence, while the lavender and HeucheraIndian Summer’ flowers fill the space above the overhanging Festuca, extending the depth of the planting.

Growing up: vertical planting


Engineer this novel idea, seen at the Gabriel Ash trade stand. If you're limited on floor space, decorate the wooden rungs of a propped up ladder with a spectrum of succulents, including Sempervivum and Echeveria, to create an unusual focal point. Succulents require minimal upkeep as they love dry soil and sunny spots.

Portable planters


Adopt the resourcefulness demonstrated on the Gaze Burvill show stand and grow your plants in lightweight, moveable crates, enabling you to quickly redesign your space to suit your garden and lifestyle needs. Euphorbia, Nepeta 'Six Hills Giant', Alchemilla mollis (lady's mantle), Allium, Knautia and Acer were all grown in plastic crates stacked on polystyrene and wrapped in wooden sleepers.

Tough plants for tough places


Cultivate one of the most inhospitable of outdoor spaces – the base of external walls – which, due to shade, drought and heat is a notoriously tough place to establish planting. Follow the example of the Hartley Botanic and grow hardy plants like Yucca elephantipes 'Jewel', Hosta 'Halcyon', Dryopteris, Asplenium, Blechnum, Phormium tenax, Carex oshimensis 'Everillo' to green up every inch.

Bountiful beams: maximise your 'roof space'

Go all out with hanging baskets, a sure way to get growing when you have a confined space and, as the RHS Hub showed, you don't need have to have any outdoor space.

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