Eight Pretty Ideas for Small Gardens

We live on small property lots on Lido Isle in Newport Beach, California 
so we try to make the most of our little gardens.

 1.  Vintage Cement Pots (for a French Provençal look)
I collect aged cement pots and fill them with succulents 
and herbs.  They are placed on pea gravel below a Meyer lemon tree.
Uh oh.  Rocky is hitting the bottle.  Let's take him for a walk for more garden ideas.

2. Espalier vines with different designs
This is an apple tree in one of my favorite gardens.

Diamond and criss-cross patterns.

3. Porch Open Air Window
A peek through the window reveals an interesting bird cage...
Below the window is closed (they must have seen us peeking).
Lido Isle is traversed with small sidewalks called stradas in the backs of the houses.
Originally, entrances to the homes were intended to be on the stradas
but today, people generally use the street where their garages are.

4. Using varying shades of green
This terracotta pot looks great tucked in the roses.

5.  Bird Baths

I like the simplicity and antique feel of these.
6. Pops of Color
The pink really adds life to the landscape.
7. Charming Gates

Below is the entrance to our last house on Lido (Rocky remembers it).
8.  Garden spheres
and other ornaments like statues and signs add interest.
Almost home.

Hope you enjoyed our walk as much as we did!
Thank you SO much for coming along.

Best Wishes,
Mary Ann


  1. This are beautiful ideas for the garden and yard and I've been wanted to make a diamond trellis on our fence. I'm going to show my hubby your post and then maybe he'll do it for me!

  2. I think I need to live there, Mary Ann! At least come for a visit. You live in such a beautiful area. My little dogs would be in heaven too walking through your neighborhood. Who am I kidding, I'd be in heaven! I adore your aged pots under the lime tree. Picture perfect. xo

  3. Beautiful garden ideas! I love the formality of the espalliered trees. Love the diamond trellis idea! So pretty! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Lovely walk - love all the inspirations - the espaliers are beautiful - I adore the pots! Great gardening inspirations!

  5. I loved going on this walk with you!
    We live on 12 acres - not huge by any means - but I love small gardens like this .They are just so cute! And creative.
    Have a PRETTY day!

  6. beautiful garden ideas. Love the diamond trellis and the cement pots! So pretty! I adore your lemon tree, the thought of having fresh lemons from my garden...I'd be in heaven!

  7. Mary Ann,

    I feel refreshed after that inspriational walk and soon it will be time to celebrate again!


  8. OMGoodness This is the first time I have seen a gate that looks like our gate LOVE IT
    soooo cute Lovely post and fabulous walk
    xxoo Pam

  9. Great ideas and pictures! I love walking around Balboa looking at the jewel box gardens. Each one unique!

  10. This is beautiful!!!!
    So different!

  11. Lovely, I need a Meyer lemon tree:)

  12. Each photo was more beautiful than the last! Love those diamond trained vines. So elegant. Thanks for sharing such great eye candy.

  13. I am seriously jealous! Fruit trees, and such beautiful roses and succulents.
    Thank you for sharing your walk with us.
    We had boston terriers. Sweetest days ever.

  14. Your home is just gorgeous...love every single element but especially the criss cross/diamond patterns made of ivy and the antique planters. Stunning..thanks for sharing your gorgeous garden!

  15. Dear Mary Ann,

    Great post.

    I love doors!

    I'm going to take a guess and imagine that you do too.

    I have a "Doors of Cape Cod" print framed
    in my kitchen.

    I would think that one exists for your Favorite Place as well. I know that you have many.


    Coastal Blue Ocean

  16. What pretty pictures and lovely ideas! My favourite is your cement pots under your lemon tree. Very Provencial looking! Gorgeous. x Sharon

  17. Hi Mary Ann, Thank you for sharing your walk with Rocky at my party. The lido looks like such a beautiful place to live and the gardens are fabulous.

  18. This is y ideal kind of garden! I love gardens but I'm freak out about bugs! I have almost 2 acres here and a huge garden and I also have garden snacks! yes, you heard me right! So, I'm always scared of doing anything here. We live by the river, only a block from the ocean and we have a huge forest beside us, so you can imagine the bugs! LOL

    I'm taking a break this year since I'm pregnant. I don't want to be running and screaming every time I see something I'm scared of (yes, I do that! I'm sure one of my neighbors will put me on youtube one of these days). So, my husband is in charge... and the weeds too! :-)

    Wishing you a wonderful day!


    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

  19. The gardens, espaliers and gates in particular, are amazing... what a beautiful place to call home1 Larry

  20. Love the gardening ideas, specially the pots and pea gravel, thank you for sharing your walk with us. Love your blog, new follower!
    Have a beautiful day!
    XXX Ido

  21. What a pretty walk! Love your vintage pots! And the gates!!

  22. Love the arbour; love anything that climbs, too!


  23. You've really made the most of your garden. I love the old pots filled with succulents.

  24. I really enjoyed the stroll along with you! So many beautiful vignettes and garden ideas. A joy stopping by to visit with you!

    Kindly, Lorraine

  25. What amazing gardens! I especially love the diamond shaped vines, the soft pink climbing roses, and the formal boxwood hedges. You live in a beautiful neighborhood!

  26. I totally agree with all these great suggestions!
    Happy 4th!

  27. So so gorgeous. Inspirational!

  28. What a lovely tour! Thank you, truly.
    I might have to come back and tour again lol.


    first time visitor from fishtail cottage

  29. Love accompanying you on your walk!! I love so many of these wonderful ideas. I just adore gates so that is one of my favorites. We have an espaliered pear tree that actually bore fruit last year but is not doing so well any more.I love how groomed everything is - just lovely!!

  30. I've always wanted some sort of white gate...there is just something so welcoming about them. Thanks for sharing your walk! Have a great July 4th weekend!

  31. Gorgeous!!! Love the diamond/criss-cross patterns on walls. So pretty. Also the pop of color like hot pink. What a pretty walk to take with your pup!
    Happy 4th Mary Ann!

  32. Alright now I'm motivated.

  33. Charming indeed.
    Hope you enjoy a wonderful holiday.

  34. I love beautiful gardens so much!! Love this post!

  35. h, the perfection possible in a small garden. As I get ready to play "Billie goat" on my hillside- my envy of your excellence shall be my companion today):- .

  36. Oh, YES!!! I love it all. Those French Provencal pots are the best.

    I hope you & your family have a wonderful 4th of July weekend.


  37. Great tips for a small garden! Your garden is lovely. I am visiting from Cottage Flora Thursday, and I am your newest follower.

  38. Gorgeous! I am crazy for espaliered trees and diamond shaped vines on the walls. Your garden is breathtaking. Love every little inch!
    Found you this evening through Debra's linky party. I am your newest follower.

  39. These gardens are exquisite! Thanks so much for sharing them! What a tremendous blessing to be surrounded by such beauty!

  40. What lovely images proving small gardens can make a big statement. Beautiful

  41. What lovely gardens! Those pots look wonderful! Have a gorgeous weekend, Kellie xx

  42. Beautiful garden ideas. A unique gate really sets off a garden. Love the examples. I do succulents in pots too, they last forever and don't need the everyday watering most potted plants do. Have a great July 4th!

    Thanks so much for including me on your blog roll.

  43. I love all of this....from the cement pots on pea gravel, to the gates, the porch open air window and then seeing it shuttered. Love the diamond criss- cross patterns...I think I need to incorporate this in my garden, after all it is our last name. What a pretty walk!

  44. What a lovely tour. You showed great control, I would have been tempted to peek in closer.
    Every corner was just perfect, Thanks for sharing.

  45. beautiful garden!!! what is the name of the vine you used for the criss-cross design on the blank wall?? I think I might attempt this and want to make sure to get the right variety! thanks!

  46. I'm visiting from Cottage Flora Thursdays, and your pics are gorgeous!


  47. So many fantastic ideas~ you have a gorgeous home & garden - adoring that unique outdoor bird cage! Thanks for linking up to Cottage Flora Thursday's! xoox, tracie

  48. I totally feel guilty that I did not get around to planting anything this year....now it is just too hot and I might as well wait until fall. All of those small gardens are so beautiful!

  49. Those are beautiful, Mary Ann! Enjoyed that post.

  50. Bonjour!
    What lovely little gardens! Very inspiring, thank you for posting.Come check us out sometime

    -Jessica & Holly

  51. You have beautiful gardens. I really love the trellis on the wall. Blessings, Debbie

  52. Beautiful and interesting in everything you shared. I love the pops of pink and the diamonds and squares. The lovely gates were impressive.
    Hugs, Jeanne

  53. Very Nice work Mary Ann!
    I am glad I stumbled upon your site.


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