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Small space gardening is very doable. There are gorgeous containers, creative ways to place with space and some wonderful dwarf plants to set the stage for a lovely little landscape.
For shrubs, and these CAN be placed in containers, a hydrangea to choose is Paniculata ‘Bobo’ was introduced in Belgium where its compact size was celebrated as a center of interest tucked in smaller garden borders and in containers on terraces. The 3 foot tall plants are covered midsummer to fall with large pale green to white blooms held on strong stems. It’s a Gold medal winner for its innovative size and habit. This hydrangea can be planted inground too!
For some crazy chartreuse color and airy, deeply cut foliage, Sambucus ‘Lemony Lace’ is worth looking into. This elderberry shrub grows from 3 to 5 feet tall and wide. The foliage will catch even the slightest breeze. It creates a vibrant, feathery mound in the garden all season, and its red fruit attracts birds in autumn. This is a Proven Winners® Variety. One thing to mention is, I had two of these, they were both killed by an errant lawn care guy. They are very sensitive to chemicals.
Fruit for your small space! It can happen with ‘Bushel & berry ‘raspberry shortcake’. This zone 5 raspberry grows to just 3 feet tall. It requires full sun for full fruiting! Plants thrive in containers as well as in your garden and require no staking. If you plant in a container, you can overwinter it in a non-heated garage. Just be sure the soil is moist when you put it away.