Corner Garden Ideas

Corner spaces are often overlooked areas of the yard that can be dressed up to create a small showplace or peaceful retreat. By nature, a corner garden will often be visible to a neighbor and abut the line that separates your properties. Be a good neighbor by keeping in mind any maintenance issues that could arise in the spot and respect the view from your neighbor's perspective when possible.

Eye Candy

Choose a large focal point for display--a unique tree specimen or piece of art--that catches the eye or adds something unique to the landscape. Decorate beneath with flowers or foliage plants like hostas. Look for flowers with a bloom pattern that provides flowering specimens throughout the growing season. Your flowers might not all bloom at the same time, but there will always be something to enjoy. An alternative is to have plants with overlapping bloom times, so most of your flowers are showy and colorful at the same time. This should render a continuous display within a certain time frame.

Mountain of Flowers

A lavish display of tiers of flowers is a fairly straightforward effect to create. If you choose plants instead of growing from seed, it might be easier to plan your layout. Select healthy specimens and avoid the wait for germination. If your corner is visible from all sides, add tall flowers in the center, ringed by flowers of moderate height, then low-growing flowers in the outermost ring. If your corner is hemmed in by a fence or other growth, place the flowers with height in the back of the display. Depending on the angle of the sun, this could prevent them from shading low-growing plants in front. Their height won't block the line of vision, shielding other flowers from view. For an elongated space, place taller flowers toward the extreme ends of the space, where they break up the line and add visual interest with their height.

Gazebo Sanctuary

Create a small sanctuary. A mini gazebo--or if your space is smaller, a simple trellis--can give a bit of privacy and act as an anchor point for vining flowers like roses or clematis. If your corner is bordered by a fence, try using the fence as a trellis. Plan other additions according to the conditions your plants will face. Ground-hugging phlox is often chosen to line walkways or act as edging because it is low growing--passers-by do not damage the flowers and it does not impede travel through the area. It also helps soften the transition from one space to the next. Use it to cover mistakes or clean up uneven lines with its spreading growth.

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Alice Moon is a freelance writer with more than 10 years' experience. She was chosen as a Smithsonian Institute intern, working for the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., and has traveled throughout Asia. Moon holds a Bachelor of Science in political science from Ball State University.