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!

plantings along garden stepsAn impressive Brugmansia (Zones 9–12) blooms by the back steps. Loaded with flowers, it fills the air with a lovely scent.


succulents in a small containerContainers are a great way to fill a small garden with beauty. Here an assortment of tender succulents makes a great centerpiece on the table.


container with chartreuse and dark foliage and pink flowersA dark-leaved dahlia (Dahlia × variabilis, Zones 8–10 or as a tender bulb) adds beauty from flowers and foliage to this container.


container with yellow flowers and dark foliageDramatic 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).


container with small blue flowers and variegated foliageA 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).


container with with flowers and colorful foliageAnother beautiful coleus is the variety ‘Golden Dreams’, with its contrasting dark veins. A backdrop of all white flowers allows it to shine.


container with dark foliage and yellow and peach flowersAnother dark-leaved dahlia takes center stage in this container.


container with yellow white and blue flowersLobelia (Lobelia erinus, annual) brings delicate sky blue to this container planting, echoing the colors of the garden plantings around it.


blue container surrounded by blue plantsBlue Corydalis elata (Zones 5–8) in the garden seemed to call for a tall blue pot.


container with yellow and blue flowersAnother yellow-blue arrangement for the garden room features the same colors.


container display around a garage door

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.


Betsy’s Townhouse Garden


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