For many years, buying a new home was a no-brainer for many people. It was part of the growing-up process: Get out of college, get a job, save money, buy a house. But the real estate market has shifted in the past couple of years, and more home buyers are considering condo living than ever before. Part of the reason for this may be because condos, especially trendy ones built in re-purposed warehouses, are located in the heart of the city, close to nightlife and entertainment options.
While some condo-dwellers welcome the opportunity to give up yard work, many still appreciate having a place to sit, relax, and enjoy beautiful spring days when they roll around. Condos feature a much smaller footprint, so designers can use their skills to create intimate outdoor spaces that deliver a big impact. Here are 4 design ideas for small outdoor gardens to get you started.
Idea #1: Think vertically
It’s a good bet that the space you’re working with has a wall on at least one side. That provides a great space to work with. Take advantage of it by lining the wall with a row of container trees. Think about planting a row of crape myrtles or dwarf conifers in beautiful contemporary planters like the PurePots Square Cuboid from PureModern. This fiberglass planter comes in a large selection of colors, allowing you to coordinate the planter not only with what’s inside it, but also with an outdoor color scheme. Positioning the trees against the wall of the condo hides the wall and creates a beautiful backdrop for a seating area.
Idea #2: Punch up the Color Scheme
Although the space may be smallish, a punch of color is always welcome. Sprinkle flowers in various colors throughout the space. Fill a corner with roses in varying sizes and colors. Start some honeysuckle on the balcony railing; not only will you fill the space with beauty, but the fragrance is divine, as well. A slick array of colored planters is always welcome in this setting, and complements seat cushions, awnings, and umbrella colors. PureModern’s Burke Bowl Planter comes in 4 different sizes, and is available in charcoal grey or 80 different RAL/British Standard colors. This planter can create a splash of color to brighten up even the dreariest day.
Idea #3: Create a Focal Point
A rooftop lends itself well to a variety of unique design ideas. Create a focal point that draws people in by using a water element such as a fountain or small pond in the center of the space. Create a seating area around the outside of the space and fill corners with a variety of plants in unusually-shaped planters. Today’s contemporary planters provide many options and stimulate interest all on their own: everything from ovals to globes to twists is available. There are even asymmetrical planters such as the Element 16 and Element 44 fiberglass planters from PureModern. Group planters with clean lines to mirror the city skyline for a fantastic outdoor space.
Idea #4: Go Farm to Table
Another trendy option is follow the farm to table fad and plant a vegetable garden. Small spaces can yield a delightful crop. Tomatoes and peppers grow well in pots, as do onions, lettuce, and herbs. Scatter planters full of geraniums around the edges of the garden to keep bugs away and add some color. Fiberglass planters are great for gardening because the lightweight design allows them to be moved around easily, and their durability makes them practical year after year.
PureModern offers custom fiberglass planters that add pizzazz to any small outdoor space. If you’re interested in a quote for your small-space project, click here to get started.