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10 Best Solutions to Fill the Extra Space in Your Garden

By Kevin Jefferson October 06, 2020 Lifestyle

Everybody likes a pretty garden. The sights, scents, and sounds of a lovely-looking backyard make us feel happy and calm. It’s almost like having an extra room to relax in while you’re surrounded by beautiful plants and flowers.

Unfortunately, putting every inch of your garden to good use isn’t as easy as it sounds. There’s always some extra space left, and all of us want to make the most out of it in the most meaningful way possible.

If you feel like you’ve run out of ideas, keep reading. Here are a few suggestions on how to effortlessly enhance your outdoor oasis.

Hang String Lights

If you’re often entertaining guests in your garden, think about all that extra space above your head. Put it to good use by hanging outdoor string lights.

string lights in the garden

Placing these above your garden’s sitting area is guaranteed to create the ultimate mood lighting your friends and family will love.

Hang a Hammock

Rare are the things that are as inviting as a hammock on a warm day. Besides the comfort they offer, hammocks are also easy to pack away and take up minimal space.

If you have no trees in your garden to hang the hammock to, try attaching it to your garden wall or porch by using heavy-duty hooks. You could also purchase a freestanding model – these hang from their own frames.

Set up a Small Garden Fountain

Another great way to fill in the extra space is by adding a water feature.

Surprisingly, a do-it-yourself garden fountain isn’t that difficult to make. Create one out of stacked wooden barrels or eye-catching stones. Your garden will undoubtedly benefit from the soothing sound of flowing water.

Turn an Old Tire into a Garden Pond

If you want a bigger water element, consider repurposing an old tire into a compact garden pond.

While this may sound like a challenging and time-consuming project, it’s very easy to complete and it’s undoubtedly one of the best extra-space solutions you can implement.

Once you’ve dug a hole of an appropriate size, place the tire in it, cover everything with thick plastic film, add decorative stones around the hole, and then fill it with water. Make sure to surround the pond with plants, too!

Make DIY Hanging Planters

Beautiful hanging plants like Begonia, Fuchsia, or Lobelia are a great addition to any garden.

However, keep in mind that you don’t need colorful baskets or terracotta pots to show them off. You can always repurpose objects such as old potato chip tins, empty plastic bottles, or even a hanging organizer for your gardening purposes.

Turn an Old Tree Stump into a Planter

If you have an old tree stump in the corner of your garden, don’t think about having it removed just yet.

As it turns out, these make the most beautiful planters. Hollow it out (or ask someone to do this for you), add some potting soil, then plant your favorite flowers. Alternatively, you can simply place a container inside the stump and just plant the seeds in that.

Plant on Wheels

This is yet another example of how you can plant flowers almost anywhere, as well as of how you can always work with what you have.

decorate your garden with wheelbarrow planter

Before throwing your old wheelbarrow away, consider turning it into a decorative plant container. All you’ll need to do here is to drill in a couple of drainage holes, fill the wheelbarrow with soil, and then fill it up with an array of foliage and flowers.

Create a Mini Fairy Garden

Here’s a simple idea that is guaranteed to amuse your grandchildren – fill up your garden’s extra space with a mini fairy garden.

Use pea gravel, moss, and small succulents or air plants to create a miniature house-with-a-garden inside one of your planters. Spice it up with clay-made fairies, gnomes, and other tiny creatures to your grandchildren’s delight. Get creative!

Add a Mini Potting Station

In case the extra space in your garden isn’t big enough for a shed, you can simply add a potting station.

A simple table will do the trick – it’s a place you’ll use only for seeding, planting, and storage of your tools and soils. Make the table taller by adding objects beneath its legs, as an elevated workspace can save your back from unnecessary bending.

Design Succulent Wall Art

Do you have a plain, boring wall on one side of your garden? If so, use that extra space to hang some succulent wall art.

In other words, take a box-shaped plastic tray that’s divided into cells and plant your favorite succulent plants, such as Sedum or Echeveria. Once the tray is filled with greenery, display this enchanting, natural art on your wall.

Whether you’ve just started a garden or have years of experience in gardening, these simple tweaks will help you put every inch of your green oasis to good use.

Do you have a back – or front – yard with some extra space? What are you planning to do with it? Which of the above ideas have you tried or would like to try? Please share with our community!

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Kevin has gone through an extensive home renovation with his son. He has both thoroughly enjoyed the process and dreaded every morning. He is now the proud owner of half his dream house (the other half has been waiting for spring). You can read more of Kevin’s work on

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