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.
For reference, here’s an aerial shot from early last spring to see the size of our planting space.
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.
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.
In addition to the flowers, we’re also growing hot peppers and herbs (in the garden and in containers).
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.
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.
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.