The smaller the space the more important each element becomes. This is true with both interior and exterior spaces, with the difference in the outside being the ceiling height; i.e, the sky that is gloriously endless. At Gardens to Love, we start with the architecture, whether it be a gate, a wall or a pathway.
We improve it if that is needed and then we start the plant selection process. Each plant plays a critical role in a small space. The color, texture, and shape must be considered carefully because every plant can become a focal point or a major player in the supporting cast.
Container plantings are a great way to create change and interest in small spaces. Remember to choose the container with thought to its size and relationship to the overall design scheme. If it is not the perfect pot with the perfect plant, don’t use it. Yet, I wouldn’t rule out the occasional item of whimsy.