Spring is finally here (well, Cape Town is still undecided) and it means more time for pottering around in the garden and enjoying the sunshine.

But what if your garden is so tiny a mouse would scoff at it? Or your “garden” is actually the balcony of your shared flat? Well, we asked Gundula Deutschlander and Constance Stuurman, gardeners at Babylonstoren, for a few tips on how to best enjoy a small garden in the run up to Garden Day on 9 October.

Choose your plants wisely

Some plants like the butterfly bush (gauras) or roses have beautiful flowering times, but need high maintenance. Others involve using technical skills like espaliering of fruit trees, but it is so rewarding. There are plants that stay evergreen and grow slowly like the popular spekboom or many kinds of aloes. Do some research and see what grows well in your area to make sure every plant that you choose has a functional role in your garden.

They make beautiful displays and you can play with the collection of plants you use in them. Also, they can add height when placed inside flower beds.

Think out of the box

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Vertical or hanging plants can be an interesting addition in small spaces.

Invite nature in

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Use your garden to create a haven for butterflies, birds, bees and other insects by using things like water. The sound of running water is so soothing and little creatures like frogs can help you control those mosquitoes and flies in the summer.

Enjoy the space

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Place a table and chair outside and take pleasure in your outside room.

Did you know Sunday 9 October is Garden Day? Whether you’re a newbie or a veteran gardener, in the lead-up to Garden Day, get connected to a library of gardening information, suggestions and direct access to gardening experts.  Download the app Gardening with Bablyonstoren on your mobile phone from the Garden Day website. It’s free.