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These Lovely Gardens Will Inspire You To Start Your Own

You don't need a lot of space to create a pocket of greenery in your home.

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Photography: Dairy Darilag | Jilson Tiu (Main Photo)

It’s proven that plants have a lot of benefits, such as purifying the air or helping us sleep better. But with small-space living becoming the new norm, fewer homeowners are setting aside a space where they can grow their own food or take care of a few decorative greens. They think they don’t have enough space—but that’s simply not the case! Whether your live in a big lot or a small condo, you can still create a gorgeous garden that speaks to you. Take inspiration from these 5 gardens from real homes we’ve featured on the site:

An angled ladder shelf in the shade


In this renovated home in Pasig, smaller plants take up residence in a ladder shelf by the back door. Plants that love shade will thrive well in this spot, which only gets sun for a few hours each day. This is also a great setup for gardeners with back pain, as they wouldn’t need to bend over as often.  

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READ: A Renovated 1970s House in Pasig

An artist’s sanctuary filled with greens


Set in an artist’s home, this garden-cum-workspace is evidence that overgrown plants can look great in the right space. In this case, it meshes well with the rough textures of live-edge wood and cement. Interesting details include the toilet repurposed as a planter, and the multi-layered macramé holder hanging beside the table.   

READ: A Small Space Turned Into An Artistic, Two-Storey Family Home

 A spacious, landscaped garden next to a pool


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There’s a lot you can do with a 3000sqm lot, but if you’re anything like this homeowner from Zambales, you’ll dedicate a large chunk of the land to your outdoor area. A stone path meanders through the yard, taking you on a tour of the beautiful garden filled with tall trees and carefully-maintained hedges. Now that’s a nature vacation we’d like to go on.  

READ: A Relaxing Tropical-Asian Home In Zambales

Vertical shelves for urban gardening


The plants in this newlyweds’ pocket garden may be faux, but it’s still a great idea for growing greens inside a condo. Get a streamlined look by selecting planters of similar size and texture, and fill them with easy-to-maintain plants like succulents or aloe vera.

READ: A Calming Tropical-Inspired Dream Home for a Young Couple

Lush greens and herbs on a vertical garden wall

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In congested areas like Metro Manila, lot sizes tend to be smaller and homeowners would rather prioritize indoor space over outdoor areas. But a small yard doesn’t mean you can’t start a garden, as proven by this cozy townhouse in QC. Not only does a vertical garden save valuable floor space, it saves water, too—as excess moisture from the top plants will drip down on the lower rows.

READ: A Cozy and Modern Family Home in Quezon City

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