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Small Garden Wooden Wall Planters

Even the tiniest coastal patios can have beautiful gardens. All you need are a few cuttings and some wood slices to add a touch of personality to your wall. A little love and water a few times a week and your garden wall will flourish. 

Repurposed Bar Cart Garden

This repurposed bar cart patio garden is a great way to fit the garden life into your small outdoor living space.

Coastal Patio Garden Railing

Think outside the box when space is limited. This garden on the balcony railing is a great way to infuse your outdoor space with green. 

Coastal Planter Privacy Wall

Create a privacy wall with plants. Build vertical planter walls to provide a lush barrier for your outdoor space.

Pretty and practical dwarf fruit trees

Want to get more bang for your buck with your small-space garden? Be pretty and practical with dwarf citrus trees. They thrive in container gardens, providing vibrant color as well as fruit!

Some of the most popular dwarf citrus trees to grow in containers are: Meyer lemon: First imported from China in 1908, it is believed to be a cross between a lemon and a mandarin. The fruit has a very sweet flavor and is less acidic than a true lemon. Calamondin: Prized for its attractive shape and foliage, it produces fragrant flowers nearly year-round. It is grown primarily for aesthetics and less for actual, edible fruit. Dwarf Kaffa lime tree: The rind of the fruit and the unique double-lobed, aromatic leaves are often used in cooking.

Stepped Planters

Stepped planters maximize space in narrow garden, the raised beds set in copper containers offer a modern twist to a tiny garden.

Succulent Wall Art

Cover your patio walls with living green like these succulent wall planters to create art on the wall. This is such a beautiful way to have a garden in a small space. 

Coastal window box gardens

A two-foot-wide box will easily host four to six large herb plants or a small crop of salad greens. Try to choose plants with a variety of shapes and colors, such as purple basil, tall lemon verbena, and chives, to make the display attractive. Herbs are particularly good choices for urban window boxes, since they can be maintained with just a watering can and a pair of shears. Most herbs require minimal fertilizing. In fact, overfed herbs lose essential oils in their leaves, making them less flavorful.

Furniture Garden

Take the repurposed bar cart idea one step further and use an old dresser as tiered garden with big style. 

Vertical Shoe Garden

Vertical show garden. A shoe organizer is a great way to build a vertical garden. Not only does this garden look great and save space, it helps to keep those critters and pets out of your herbs and vegetables. You just have to fill each of the shoe spaces with potting soil or compost and then add your plants. Be sure that you choose a place for your hanger that gets enough sunlight for the plants and if there is protection overhead from rain, you will need to water them occasionally as well.

Don't let a lack of space get you down. Small coastal spaces with beautiful gardens.Try these short cuts for making the best garden choices in a compact space.


Wooden Wall Planters Photo by Viva Terra

Repurposed Bar Cart Garden

Coastal Patio Garden Railing

Coastal Planter Privacy Wall

Dwarf Fruit Trees

Stepped Planters

Succulent Wall Art

Coastal Window Box Gardening

Furniture Garden

Vertical Shoe Garden

With summer just around the corner,  adding fresh coastal touches to your home is a simple way to reflect the seaside mood. 

Coastal living room with wicker accent chairs

1. WICKER VIBE.  From hanging lights to accent chairs, wicker is summer's favorite material. It adds in texture and natural hues to your coastal space. This beach house living room with wicker accent chairs and coastal sea fan framed art is a great example.

Coastal bedroom with wall hanging drifwood

2. COASTAL ART. Add in some beachy style that screams summertime with a framed ocean print or a seaside treasure like this sea fan. Maybe hang a driftwood specimen or a ship painting to evoke memories of Summer.

Coastal pop of color

3. POP OF COLOR. A pop of color  in your coastal white space can add a touch of summer with ease. Summer is all about bright bold and fun colors. Take a note from Summer by painting hanging coastal lanterns a bright pop of color, check out how it brightens up this beach house kitchen.

Aqua beach house living room

4. AQUA HUES. Ocean blues and aqua hues speak the Summertime language. Hang an aqua beaded chandelier , paint a wall a soft ocean tone or add a throw pillow to an all white slipcover sofa to add that Summer touch.

Blue and white coastal living room

5. BOAT STRIPES.  Coastal blue and white boathouse stripes give a nautical feeling to your space, making us think of sailing the ocean in the Summer breeze. Add your own touch of Summer with a coastal blue and white boat stripe area rug or a striped club chair for the same effect.

Beach house slipcover decor

6. SLIPCOVER LIVING. Coastal white slipcover sofas make us think of big white beach towels hugging you after a dip in the ocean. They give that comfy coastal feel of the Summer. Slipcover furnishings are a casual beachy design that will give your space a Summer feel.

7. ROPE & TEXTURE. Natural textures like rope and jute give a sense of sandy beaches. Add a little beach to your space with a jute area rug or a couple rope lamps for some Summer design.

Coastal dining room with mirror

8. REFLECT THE SUMMER LIGHT.  A great coastal mirror hung in the right spot will spread the Summer sun throughout your space lighting it with that warm glow. A mirror can also give the illusion of a bigger space so it's a win win.

 Basket Of Beach Towels

9. BASKET OF SUMMER. Fill a great wicker basket with fluffy beach towels by the door for grab and go Summer fun.

Coastal Outdoor Living

10. SUMMER LOUNGE. Create an area to take in the sun or just enjoy the coastal breeze outdoors. This outdoor coastal living room with fire table is the perfect design example.

10 ways to add a coastal Summer touch to your living space. Give your beach house a coveted Summer design with these 10 tips.


Coastal Living Room With Wicker Accent Chairs

Coastal Bedroom With Driftwood Wall Hanging

Beach House Kitchen With Painted Hanging Lanterns

Aqua Beach House Living Room

Blue And White Stripe Coastal Living

Slipcover Beach House Furnishings

Coastal Dining Room With Boat Oar Mirror

Outdoor Coastal Living Room With Fire Pit

1. Hanging Coastal Lanterns-  Create a coastal chandelier of your collected ship lanterns for some great lighting for your party, fill them with candles.

Coastal hanging lanters

2. Champagne & Popcicles- Slip your favorite pops into your champagne flute. Add a delish kick to a bit of bubbly, and look pretty doing it. Basil leaves, mint sprigs and fresh fruit garnishes will make your cocktails look fabulously fresh. But make sure you save some popcicles for the kids, they are always a hit on a hot Summer day!

Summer popcicles

3. Garden Decorations- Use plants and flowers from around your home to create table place settings.

Coastal table place setting

4. Seashell Decor- This giant clam shell makes a great floral arrangement planter. Going back to what we said before about using grennery and flowers from your yard.

Giant clam shell filled with greenry anf florals

5. Outdoor Coastal Seating- These wicker benches are a great coastal design and add lots of seating room around the teak outdoor dining table.

6. Pull some of your indoor seating outside-  Make your guests feel at home in style by bringing out some indoor seating for a grand coastal design.

Outdoor coastal seating

7. Food Bars or Stations-  Set up a cool chip & salsa station or a mak your own fish taco bar. It is sure to be a hit at the party.

Summer party food stations

8. Music- Have your guests send you a list of their 3 favorite songs and create your party playlist from your guests suggestions. This is a fun way to have hopefully a good mix of music your guests will enjoy.

Party song list

9. Party Favors- Create these lovely little succulent summer party favors your guests will love to take home.

Succulent summer party favors

10. Fire Pit- When the sun goes down and the party continues a great way to gather and keep the night going is with a fire pit.

Gathering around a coastal fire pit

10 ways to throw a great outdoor coastal party with seaside style. Outdoor coastal dining with nautical beachy design.

Photo Credits & Links:

Coastal Hanging Lanterns

Champagne Popcicles

Giant Clam Shell Planter

Wicker Benches

Chip & Salsa Station

RSVP Favorite Song

Succulent Summer Party Favors

Gathering Around A Fire Pit

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