Vegetable garden in a small space

Window boxes on the south facing wall are great for strawberries.
I’m thinking about getting three more for basil and other herbs.

For a long time I had given up on the idea of growing veggies. Our back garden doesn’t get enough sun and our two bunnies would get to the plants before I did.

One day I was scrolling though photos of Ulla Molin’s garden when I stumbled upon a picture of here veggie garden. It was small and its structure reminded me of my front entrance.

A couple of cheap raised beds, containers and window boxes later I had a vegetable garden.

Coriander gone to town. These were just 3 small plants a few weeks ago.
Rhubarb was here when we moved in
Raspberry ‘RUBY BEAUTY’ (stays small and produces lots of berries).
Chive starting to bloom in the back.
Entrance turned vegetable garden.

Pergola transformation in the making

There’s one messy area left in the garden: the pergola. It was here when we moved in and we’ve been using it for storage more than anything else. I would like to transform it into a cosy dining area.

This is what it looked like when we moved in.

This is what the area looks like today. We just finished the third and last trellis and now it’s time to paint.

I’m having such a hard time deciding on color. Here are my options.

Japanese Maple “Orange Dream”

This little tree is the centrepiece of my garden. I planted it in the sunny corner of the garden but had to move it since it prefers quite a lot of shade. Today it’s placed in a spot that gets around four hours of sun in the middle of the day and it’s doing wonderfully!

The name Orange Dream describes its spring color. Later in the season it turns lime green and shines all the way though fall.

Japanese maple “Orange dream” (Acer palmatum ‘Orange Dream’), ground cover Sweet woodruff (Galium odoratum), English Yew (Taxus baccata ‘David’) to the left
Japanese maple “Orange dream” (Acer palmatum ‘Orange Dream’), ground cover Sweet woodruff (Galium odoratum), Tulip “Foxtrot” in the background
Japanese maple “Orange dream” (Acer palmatum ‘Orange Dream’), ground cover Sweet woodruff (Galium odoratum), Hakonechloa macra starting to come up, Hosta ‘Ivory Coast’
Japanese maple “Orange dream” (Acer palmatum ‘Orange Dream’), ground cover Sweet woodruff (Galium odoratum)

Simple summer containers

White spruce (Picea glauca ‘Conica’), Sweet potato vine, three Pink Petunias
White spruce (Picea glauca ‘Conica’), Sweet potato vine, Pink Petunias, Creeping Jenny

Here are my summer containers for the front entrance. The centerpiece is a White spruce (Picea glauca ‘Conica’). For summer color I am using Sweet potato vine and pink Petunias.

Since the centrepiece is an evergreen it will look good in the container throughout the whole year. When fall comes I will switch the summer plants for some darker colors and in winter add Christmas lights on the White spruce.

I’ll give you updates as the season progresses.