Classic Small-Space Garden

Visual elements like arches, urns, and lamp posts can add personality and pizzazz to your garden space.

  It's simple to create a petite paradise. With the use of visual elements such as brick walls and wide beds you can prevent the eyes from taking in the whole garden at once. The design is an effective visual trick that helps a small garden appear larger. It also forces one to slow down and observe while walking through the space.   Plant List PERENNIALS A-

Ladybells (Adenophora confusa) (5)

 

Zones 3-8. Nodding blue bells in mid-late summer, vigorous. 3' tall.

 

Alternative Plant Monkshood (Aconitum x. bicolor 'Eleonora') Zones 3-7. Blue and white color combination, dark green foliage, blooms midsummer to fall. 3 to 3-1/2' tall.

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Hollyhock (Alcea rosea 'Single Mix') (4)

 

Zones 4-8. Old-fashioned favorite, range of colors, reseeding biennial. 4-6' tall.

 

Alternative Plant Gayfeather (Liatris spicata 'Floristan White') Zones 4-8. Bottlebrush flowers in late summer, white, good cut flower. 3-4' tall.

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Wormwood (Artemisia l. 'Valerie Finnis') (6)

 

Zones 5-9. Fragrant foliage is silver. 18-24" tall.

 

Alternative Plant Dwarf Russian Sage (Perovskia 'Little Spire') Zones 4-9. Lavender-blue flower spikes and silvery foliage all summer. 24" tall.

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False Spirea (Astilbe a. 'Bridal Veil') (6)

 

Zones 3-7. White, gently drooping plumes, dark green foliage, summer blooms. 28" tall.

 

Alternative Plant Goat's Beard (Aruncus aethusifolius) Zones 3-8. Creamy plumes in early summer. 12" tall.

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Boltonia (Boltonia asteroids 'Snowbank') (1)

 

Zones 4-8. Small white daisies late in summer and into fall, prolific, good cut flower. 48" tall.

 

Alternative Plant Culvers Root (Veronicastrum virginicum 'Fascination') Zones 3-8. Spikes of purple and lilac, late summer. 40" tall.

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Calamint (Calamintha nepeta) (6)

 

Zones 5-7. Foliage has minty fragrance, dainty white flowers in late summer and fall. 18" tall.

 

Alternative Plant Sedum (Sedum 'Frosty Morn') Zones 3-8. Fleshy foliage with white edges, pink flower in fall. 12-15" tall.

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Sweet Autumn Clematis (Clematis ternifolia) (1)

 

Zones 4-9. Clouds of fragrant white flowers late summer and fall, vining.

 

Alternative Plant Variegated Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquifolia 'Variegated')Zones 5-9. Foliage is speckled green and white, hot pink fall color. 8' tall.

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Delphinium (Delphinium 'Pacific Giant Mix') (3)

 

Zones 3-7. Double blossoms on spikes in summer, mixed colors of blue, pink, white, and violet. 4-5' tall.

 

Alternative Plant Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea 'Alba') Zones 4-8. White bell-shaped flowers in early summer, biennual that reseeds. 4-5' tall.

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Bleeding Heart (Dicentra spectabilis 'Alba') (1)

 

Zones 3-8. White, heart-shaped flowers along arching stems, blooms in early spring. 30" tall.

 

Alternative Plant Doll's Eyes (Actea pachypoda) Zones 3-8. Small clustered white flowers in spring, ivory fruit summer and fall, all parts are poisonous. 30" tall.

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Cranesbill (Geranium sanguineum 'Alba') (6)

 

Zones 3-8. White flowers in early summer, lightly through fall, nice foliage. 15" tall.

 

Alternative Plant Bee Balm (Monarda 'Petite Delight') Zones 4-9. Compact habit, rosy-pink flowers in summer. 15" tall.

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Hosta (Hosta 'Patriot') (6)

 

Zones 3-8. Dark green foliage is edged with white. 22" tall.

 

Alternative Plant Japanese Painted Fern (Athyrium 'Nipovicum') Zones 3-8. Upright hybrid with silvery foliage. 24-30" tall.

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Siberian Iris (Iris siberica 'Crème Chantilly') (4)

 

Zones 3-8. Creamy white blooms in early summer, grass- like foliage. 36" tall.

 

Alternative Plant Yellow Flag (Iris pseudacorus 'Alba') Zones 4-9. Off white and pale, yellow flowers and purple lines, choice but not as vigorous as the species. 36" tall.

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Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum 'Crazy Daisy') (4)

 

Zones 4-9. Frilly white blooms. 24" tall.

 

Alternative Plant Coneflower (Echincea purpurea 'White Swan') Zones 3-8. White rays with a prominent cone center blooms mid- to late-summer. 36" tall.   Back To Top N-

Fountain Grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light') (1)

 

Zones 5-7. Fine variegated blades, vase shape, silvery plumes in fall. 4-5' tall.

 

Alternative Plant Goat's Beard (Cimicifuga racemosa) Zones 3-8. Spikes of white flowers in late summer, 30" foliage with 5-7' flower stalks.   Back To Top O-

Garden Phlox (Phlox paniculata 'David') (3)

 

Zones 4-8. Large clusters of white flower in midsummer and into fall. 40" tall.

 

Alternative Plant Phlox (Phlox maculata 'Miss Lingard') Zones 3-8. Old-fashioned favorite with fragrant white flowers all summer. 24" tall.

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Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum oderatum 'Variegatum') (4)

 

Zones 3-9. Green and white foliage on arching stems, bell-shaped flowers. 24" tall.

 

Alternative Plant Japanese Toad Lily (Tricytis hirta 'Miyazaki') White and lilac orchid like flowers late in summer. 30" tall.

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Green Velvet Boxwood (Buxus 'Green Velvet') (44)

 

Zones 5-9. Dark green, glossy broadleaf evergreen. 2-3' tall.

 

Alternative Plant Wintergreen Littleleaf Boxwood (Buxus microphylla 'Wintergreen') Zones 4-9. Bright green foliage turns copper in winter. 2' tall.

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Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis) (1)

 

Zones 5-9. Small pink flowers in early spring, heart-shaped foliage turns yellow in fall. 20-30' tall.

 

Alternative Plant White Fringe Tree (Chionanthus virginicus) Zones 4-9. Fragrant white flowers in early spring, dark blue fruit in late summer. 12-20' tall.

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Annabelle Hydrangea (Hydrangea a. 'Annabelle') (2)

 

Zones 4-9. Large balls of white flowers much of summer green foliage. 4' tall.

 

Alternative Plant Variegated Bigleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla 'Vareigata') Zones 6-9. Large clusters of flowers will be blue in acid soil, green foliage has creamy edge. 4-5' tall.

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Dwarf Alberta Spruce (Picea glauca 'Conica') (2)

 

Zones 4-6. Slow-growing miniature form of spruce. 5' tall.

 

Alternative Plant Holmstrup Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis 'Holmstrup') Zones 3-8. Upright habit, bright green bushy foliage. 4-5' tall.

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Pink Beauty Doublefile viburnum (Viburnum plicatum 'Pink Beauty') (1)

 

Zones 5-7. Upright form, white flowers mature to pink, red fruit, reddish-purple fall color. 5-8' tall.

 

Alternative Plant Erie Linden Viburnum (Viburnum dilatum 'Erie') Zones 5-8. White flat-topped flowers in late spring, red fruits turn coral after frost, yellow to red fall color. 6' tall.

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Eden Climbing Rose (Rosa 'Eden') (2)

 

Zones 5-9. Softly fragrant cream to pale pink flowers. 8' tall 5' wide.

 

Alternative Plant Aloha Climbing Rose (Rosa 'Aloha') Zones 6-9. Recurrent blooms in pink. 8-12' tall.

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Iceberg Rose (Rosa 'Iceberg' or 'Schneewittchen') (2)

 

Zones 4-9. Fragrant white flowers in clusters, 3' tall, 2-3' wide.

 

Alternative Plant Fairy Rose (Rosa 'The Fairy') Zones 4-9. Clusters of pink flowers. 3' tall and wide.

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Pearl Sevillana Rose (Rosa 'Pearl Sevillana') [Meichor] (2)

 

Zones 5-9. Semi-double flowers are white blushed with pink, dark green foliage. 4-6' tall, 4' wide.

 

Alternative Plant White Lights Azalea (Rhododendron 'White Lights') Zones 4-7. Pale pink to nearly white flowers, dark green foliage turns bronze in winter. 5-6' tall.

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'White' Heliotrope (Heliotrope ssp 'White form') (6)

 

Flat heads of very fragrant flowers. 15-20" tall.

 

Alternative Plant Impatiens (Balsaminaceae ssp. 'White') White flowers keep blooming to frost. 12" tall.

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Flowering Tobacco (Nicotiana alata) (3)

 

White, tube-shaped flowers are especially fragrant in evening. 36" tall.

 

Alternative Plant Spider Flower (Cleome h. 'White Queen') Globe-shaped flowers look delicate but are tough. 36-48" tall.

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Dusty Miller (Centaurea cineraria 'Colchester White') (7)

 

Silver, finely dissected foliage. 30" tall.

 

Alternative Plant Caladium (Caladium 'Aaron') Silvery-white foliage with a green edge. 18" tall.

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  It's simple to create a petite paradise. With the use of visual elements such as brick walls and wide beds you can prevent the eyes from taking in the whole garden at once. The design is an effective visual trick that helps a small garden appear larger. It also forces one to slow down and observe while walking through the space.   Plant List PERENNIALS A-

Ladybells (Adenophora confusa) (5)

 

Zones 3-8. Nodding blue bells in mid-late summer, vigorous. 3' tall.

 

Alternative Plant Monkshood (Aconitum x. bicolor 'Eleonora') Zones 3-7. Blue and white color combination, dark green foliage, blooms midsummer to fall. 3 to 3-1/2' tall.

  Back To Top B-

Hollyhock (Alcea rosea 'Single Mix') (4)

 

Zones 4-8. Old-fashioned favorite, range of colors, reseeding biennial. 4-6' tall.

 

Alternative Plant Gayfeather (Liatris spicata 'Floristan White') Zones 4-8. Bottlebrush flowers in late summer, white, good cut flower. 3-4' tall.

  Back To Top C-

Wormwood (Artemisia l. 'Valerie Finnis') (6)

 

Zones 5-9. Fragrant foliage is silver. 18-24" tall.

 

Alternative Plant Dwarf Russian Sage (Perovskia 'Little Spire') Zones 4-9. Lavender-blue flower spikes and silvery foliage all summer. 24" tall.

  Back To Top D-

False Spirea (Astilbe a. 'Bridal Veil') (6)

 

Zones 3-7. White, gently drooping plumes, dark green foliage, summer blooms. 28" tall.

 

Alternative Plant Goat's Beard (Aruncus aethusifolius) Zones 3-8. Creamy plumes in early summer. 12" tall.

  Back To Top E-

Boltonia (Boltonia asteroids 'Snowbank') (1)

 

Zones 4-8. Small white daisies late in summer and into fall, prolific, good cut flower. 48" tall.

 

Alternative Plant Culvers Root (Veronicastrum virginicum 'Fascination') Zones 3-8. Spikes of purple and lilac, late summer. 40" tall.

  Back To Top F-

Calamint (Calamintha nepeta) (6)

 

Zones 5-7. Foliage has minty fragrance, dainty white flowers in late summer and fall. 18" tall.

 

Alternative Plant Sedum (Sedum 'Frosty Morn') Zones 3-8. Fleshy foliage with white edges, pink flower in fall. 12-15" tall.

  Back To Top G-

Sweet Autumn Clematis (Clematis ternifolia) (1)

 

Zones 4-9. Clouds of fragrant white flowers late summer and fall, vining.

 

Alternative Plant Variegated Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquifolia 'Variegated')Zones 5-9. Foliage is speckled green and white, hot pink fall color. 8' tall.

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Delphinium (Delphinium 'Pacific Giant Mix') (3)

 

Zones 3-7. Double blossoms on spikes in summer, mixed colors of blue, pink, white, and violet. 4-5' tall.

 

Alternative Plant Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea 'Alba') Zones 4-8. White bell-shaped flowers in early summer, biennual that reseeds. 4-5' tall.

  Back To Top I-

Bleeding Heart (Dicentra spectabilis 'Alba') (1)

 

Zones 3-8. White, heart-shaped flowers along arching stems, blooms in early spring. 30" tall.

 

Alternative Plant Doll's Eyes (Actea pachypoda) Zones 3-8. Small clustered white flowers in spring, ivory fruit summer and fall, all parts are poisonous. 30" tall.

  Back To Top J-

Cranesbill (Geranium sanguineum 'Alba') (6)

 

Zones 3-8. White flowers in early summer, lightly through fall, nice foliage. 15" tall.

 

Alternative Plant Bee Balm (Monarda 'Petite Delight') Zones 4-9. Compact habit, rosy-pink flowers in summer. 15" tall.

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Hosta (Hosta 'Patriot') (6)

 

Zones 3-8. Dark green foliage is edged with white. 22" tall.

 

Alternative Plant Japanese Painted Fern (Athyrium 'Nipovicum') Zones 3-8. Upright hybrid with silvery foliage. 24-30" tall.

  Back To Top L-

Siberian Iris (Iris siberica 'Crème Chantilly') (4)

 

Zones 3-8. Creamy white blooms in early summer, grass- like foliage. 36" tall.

 

Alternative Plant Yellow Flag (Iris pseudacorus 'Alba') Zones 4-9. Off white and pale, yellow flowers and purple lines, choice but not as vigorous as the species. 36" tall.

  Back To Top M-

Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum 'Crazy Daisy') (4)

 

Zones 4-9. Frilly white blooms. 24" tall.

 

Alternative Plant Coneflower (Echincea purpurea 'White Swan') Zones 3-8. White rays with a prominent cone center blooms mid- to late-summer. 36" tall.   Back To Top N-

Fountain Grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light') (1)

 

Zones 5-7. Fine variegated blades, vase shape, silvery plumes in fall. 4-5'.

 

Alternative Plant Goat's Beard (Cimicifuga racemosa) Zones 3-8. Spikes of white flowers in late summer, 30" foliage with 5-7' flower stalks.   Back To Top O-

Garden Phlox (Phlox paniculata 'David') (3)

 

Zones 4-8. Large clusters of white flower in midsummer and into fall. 40" tall.

 

Alternative Plant Phlox (Phlox maculata 'Miss Lingard') Zones 3-8. Old-fashioned favorite with fragrant white flowers all summer. 24" tall.

  Back To Top P-

Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum oderatum 'Variegatum') (4)

 

Zones 3-9. Green and white foliage on arching stems, bell-shaped flowers. 24" tall.

 

Alternative Plant Japanese Toad Lily (Tricytis hirta 'Miyazaki') White and lilac orchid like flowers late in summer. 30" tall.

  Back To Top TREES AND SHRUBS Q-

Green Velvet Boxwood (Buxus 'Green Velvet') (44)

 

Zones 5-9. Dark green, glossy broadleaf evergreen. 2-3' tall.

 

Alternative Plant Wintergreen Littleleaf Boxwood (Buxus microphylla 'Wintergreen') Zones 4-9. Bright green foliage turns copper in winter. 2' tall.

  Back To Top R-

Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis) (1)

 

Zones 5-9. Small pink flowers in early spring, heart-shaped foliage turns yellow in fall. 20-30' tall.

 

Alternative Plant White Fringe Tree (Chionanthus virginicus) Zones 4-9. Fragrant white flowers in early spring, dark blue fruit in late summer. 12-20' tall.

  Back To Top S-

Annabelle Hydrangea (Hydrangea a. 'Annabelle') (2)

 

Zones 4-9. Large balls of white flowers much of summer green foliage. 4' tall.

 

Alternative Plant Variegated Bigleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla 'Vareigata') Zones 6-9. Large clusters of flowers will be blue in acid soil, green foliage has creamy edge. 4-5' tall.

  Back To Top T-

Dwarf Alberta Spruce (Picea glauca 'Conica') (2)

 

Zones 4-6. Slow-growing miniature form of spruce. 5' tall.

 

Alternative Plant Holmstrup Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis 'Holmstrup') Zones 3-8. Upright habit, bright green bushy foliage. 4-5' tall.

  Back To Top U-

Pink Beauty Doublefile viburnum (Viburnum plicatum 'Pink Beauty') (1)

 

Zones 5-7. Upright form, white flowers mature to pink, red fruit, reddish-purple fall color. 5-8' tall.

 

Alternative Plant Erie Linden Viburnum (Viburnum dilatum 'Erie') Zones 5-8. White flat-topped flowers in late spring, red fruits turn coral after frost, yellow to red fall color. 6' tall.

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Eden Climbing Rose (Rosa 'Eden') (2)

 

Zones 5-9. Softly fragrant cream to pale pink flowers. 8' tall 5' wide.

 

Alternative Plant Aloha Climbing Rose (Rosa 'Aloha') Zones 6-9. Recurrent blooms in pink. 8-12' tall.

  Back To Top W-

Iceberg Rose (Rosa 'Iceberg' or 'Schneewittchen') (2)

 

Zones 4-9. Fragrant white flowers in clusters. 3' tall, 2-3' wide.

 

Alternative Plant Fairy Rose (Rosa 'The Fairy') Zones 4-9. Clusters of pink flowers. 3' tall and wide.

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Pearl Sevillana Rose (Rosa 'Pearl Sevillana') [Meichor] (2)

 

Zones 5-9. Semi-double flowers are white blushed with pink, dark green foliage. 4-6' tall, 4' wide.

 

Alternative Plant White Lights Azalea (Rhododendron 'White Lights') Zones 4-7. Pale pink to nearly white flowers, dark green foliage turns bronze in winter. 5-6' tall.

  Back To Top ANNUALS 1-

'White' Heliotrope (Heliotrope ssp 'White form') (6)

 

Flat heads of very fragrant flowers. 15-20" tall.

 

Alternative Plant Impatiens (Balsaminaceae ssp. 'White') White flowers keep blooming to frost. 12" tall.

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Flowering Tobacco (Nicotiana alata) (3)

 

White, tube-shaped flowers are especially fragrant in evening. 36" tall.

 

Alternative Plant Spider Flower (Cleome h. 'White Queen') Globe-shaped flowers look delicate but are tough. 36-48" tall.

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Dusty Miller (Centaurea cineraria 'Colchester White') (7)

 

Silver, finely dissected foliage. 30" tall.

 

Alternative Plant Caladium (Caladium 'Aaron') Silvery-white foliage with a green edge. 18" tall.

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