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Posted by on Jul 9, 2014 | 2 comments

Summer Color in a Small-Space Garden

Summer Color in a Small-Space Garden

As many already know, you don’t need a large garden to enjoy bright summer colors. My backyard is about 16 feet wide by 16 feet deep, most of that space taken up by a deck, but we pack in the color as best we can.

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For reference, here’s an aerial shot from early last spring to see the size of our planting space.

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This year we planted a mix of perennials and annuals — alstroemeria, zinnia, daisies and daylillies. So far the alstroemeria is a standout. The leaves are thick and the petals may look delicate but they are strong.

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We’re the lucky benefactors of the vibrant purple clematis my neighbor grows every year — it cascades down our side of the fence. It’s so lush that one year a bird found a place inside to built a nest and lay eggs. It blooms all summer long.

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In addition to the flowers, we’re also growing hot peppers and herbs (in the garden and in containers).

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And at my children’s request, broccoli. We warned them broccoli is a cold-weather plant and probably won’t do well, but who’s to say no when your kids want to grow broccoli.

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The plants are large, have tiny yellow flowers on the overgrown stalks and so far have produced two bright green heads of broccoli. I doubt we’ll see more, but it was fun to try.

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And the best reason to grow flowers of course is having a fresh cut bouquet anytime you want. The more you cut, the more they grow.

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2 Comments

  1. Know the name of the clematis?

    • I’ll ask my neighbor and report back!

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