The desire to have a garden does not need to be confined to only those folks fortunate to have plenty of outdoor space with their home. In fact for the novice gardener a small space can seem less daunting and for the more experienced one a good challenge! So either way it’s a positive scenario if you do some careful planning and thinking in advance. So before you rush out and buy all your favorite plants think about a few important factors.

Perhaps one of the first things that should be considered is the type of climate that you will be dealing with. The soil type in your region will also be a big factor when deciding which plants to purchase. Once you have determined the kind of plants that will thrive well in the conditions that you have you can begin to narrow the list of things you would like to plant. The kind of conditions that exist in your area may will determine whether you will be planting essentially perennial plants or annuals so make sure that you do your homework before you go to the nursery. Also a good idea at this early planning stage is to be realistic about what kind of maintenance you’re able to give your garden. If you are the kind of person that likes to be in the garden every weekend then it will be easy to maintain even an elaborate design. If maintenance might be an issue, or you travel on a regular basis, opt for something that requires far less attention. Typically perennials that will grow larger and require dividing year after year are going to take more of your time then planting annuals year to year.

Next it’s a good idea to take a look at the budget. Even the smallest garden will present an initial expense that you may not be expecting. You need to factor in whether you will have to add to or bring in extra soil in order to plant the flowers or vegetables of your choice. At this planning stage it’s a good idea to decide whether your garden will feature any existing plants or whether your design will be featuring new ones. Also at this stage you can plan for the expansion of the planting in the garden and for see how the garden will mature and grow overtime. If you are going to feature existing trees or bushes you may have to determine which flowers or plants will complement those existing features both aesthetically and in terms of their ability to thrive. Next you might consider the style of the garden you’d like to design. A part of this will be a preference for certain colors perhaps or a certain style maybe a more minimalist or country garden. If it’s important that you have a certain style be it Woodland, Country, Asian inspired or something else, then consider the type of plants that will enhance that style and also go well together. It is probably best to limit your choice of colors to two or three in a small garden and fewer types of plants can prevent your design from looking overly busy. At this stage it’s also a good idea to consider things like fragrance, if scent is important to you check out what the plants are going to actually smell like before deciding on what to plant.

Finally it’s a good idea to decide whether you want to allow the garden to mature gradually or create that look instantly. If you want a full, mature looking garden straightaway be prepared to spend more money and buy more, or bigger plants, that will give it that appearance. This process will involve the consideration of texture and height of different plants so that you can create the look that you are going for. During this process it might be a good idea to draw out various designs on graph paper so that you can see what some of these will look like. However at the end of the day you will need to get started and just digging in and putting those ideas into practice will soon realize the small garden of your dreams.