Australia has a desirable climate that allows us to spend time outdoors enjoying our own space. Not all of us have a traditional backyard with many people living in smaller living areas.
Plants are known to have positive effects on our mental health, so it makes sense to surround ourselves with them. Do not let a smaller outdoor space limit your imagination and deter you from creating the garden you want.
Courtyards, balconies and indoor entertaining areas are great places to get creative and design small gardens whilst maximising space. You could create a vertical garden or add some lattice for climbing plants. Hanging pots, bench top terrariums, planter boxes and container plants are options that can be easily moved if you are in a rental property.
Library members have loaned small garden-themed items 15,407 times! Find out how to transform your big ideas into your small garden space with these great titles.
Libraries love these eBooks:
- My Tiny Indoor Garden: Houseplant heroes and terrific terrariums in small spaces by Lia Leendertz
- Fairy Gardening: Creating your own magical miniature garden by Julie Bawden-Davis
- Vertical Vegetables and Fruit by Rhonda Massingham Hart
- Urban Gardening for Dummies by The National Gardening Association
- Wild at Home: How to style and care for beautiful plants by Hilton Carter.
To get started download the cloudLibrary and Libby apps. Select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and passwords.
Libraries love these eMagazines:
- ABC Organic Gardener Magazine
- Amateur Gardening
- Australian House & Garden
- Backyard and Outdoor Living
- Better Homes and Gardens Australia.
Get started using free eMagazines online or download the Libby app. Select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and password.
Libraries love these garden-themed eAudiobooks:
- The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman
- Seed to Dust: A gardener’s story by Marc Hamer
- Earthly Joys by Philippa Gregory
- Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener by M.C. Beaton
To get started, download the BorrowBox and Libby apps, select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and password.
Listen on the go to these podcasts:
- All the Dirt with Steve Wood and Deryn Thorpe
- Gardening Australia with Costa Georgiadis ABC (Podbean)
- The Hungry Gardener with Fabian Capomolla.
Search for these free podcast titles from your preferred podcast provider.
On the web
- 25 Small Garden Design Ideas - Australian House & Garden | Homes to Love
- A guide to making the most of a small outdoor entertaining space | Domain
- Pots and small spaces | ABC Gardening Australia
- Turning your small apartment balcony into a serene green space | Domain.
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