Today’s photos are from Betsy Thompson in East Greenbush, New York, in Zone 5.
Betsy lives in a townhouse and so has a narrow space for gardening. As you’ll see, however, she makes the absolute most of her small space!
An impressive Brugmansia (Zones 9–12) blooms by the back steps. Loaded with flowers, it fills the air with a lovely scent.
Containers are a great way to fill a small garden with beauty. Here an assortment of tender succulents makes a great centerpiece on the table.
A dark-leaved dahlia (Dahlia × variabilis, Zones 8–10 or as a tender bulb) adds beauty from flowers and foliage to this container.
Dramatic dark leaves from a canna (Canna hybrid, Zones 7–10 or as a tender bulb) set off the pale yellow blooms of a Calibrachoa (Zones 8–10 or as an annual).
A blue pot and lavender bacopa (Sutera cordata, Zones 9–10 or as an annual) set off a beautiful, large-leaved coleus (Coleus scutellarioides, Zones 9–11 or as an annual).
Another beautiful coleus is the variety ‘Golden Dreams’, with its contrasting dark veins. A backdrop of all white flowers allows it to shine.
Another dark-leaved dahlia takes center stage in this container.
Lobelia (Lobelia erinus, annual) brings delicate sky blue to this container planting, echoing the colors of the garden plantings around it.
Blue Corydalis elata (Zones 5–8) in the garden seemed to call for a tall blue pot.
Another yellow-blue arrangement for the garden room features the same colors.
An arrangement of pots with plants that mirror each other flanks the garage door and echoes the new door color. The garage has become a combination office and garden tool shed, so cars are banned.