Our Tiny Secret Garden

I truly believe that any outdoor space, no matter how small, can be transformed into a perfectly lovely garden. On the side portion of our property we have a small, out-of-the-way,  9′ x 11′ space that we turned into a secret garden…

A small and awkward space on our property was the perfect spot for a cozy secret garden. My younger daughter tells me that fairies have been known to make an appearance here.

Lush plantings on either side of a gravel path occlude the view and create mystery. A small bench at the back of the garden provides seating.

The view from above.

At first glance, not everyone can tell that this little spot holds a secret.

Catmint spills over the path and releases a subtle minty scent when brushed by the legs of those who enter.

Two Viburnum bushes create a thick wall of green on the north side of the garden. I love Viburnum, the flowers turn into berries that are irresistible to birds.

Hostas and English Ivy create greenery underneath.

A few well-placed Boxwood shrubs provide year-round green and add structure to the garden.

A dwarf cherry tree brings lovely spring flowers and vertical green to the space.

Pea gravel (sold by the bag at Home Depot) makes a wonderful covering for a pathway. The look is organic and the crunching sound that it makes underfoot is nice too.

I keep pruning to a minimum in here, I like everything to grow a bit wild.

A happy little spot where the imagination can run off.





  1. Jo  May 17, 2012

    It does look a rather lovely little spot to hide in.

    • camilla  May 17, 2012

      Thanks Jo! Flooding a small space with lots of greenery is my way of opening it up 🙂

  2. AJ Tarrant  May 17, 2012

    Can I come over and meditate in that lovely space?
    Love it as always!

    • camilla  May 17, 2012

      J- it’s the perfect spot to meditate! 🙂 C

  3. Aunt Jenny  May 17, 2012

    Beautiful! I’m getting inspired to do something interesting out back.

    • camilla  May 18, 2012

      Thanks Jen! We’re really enjoying this space. Take care- C

  4. Julie  May 18, 2012

    You have really encouraged me to get busy in my backyard under a huge sapodilla tree…a secret garden area to be made….I hope to put in a little picnic table!!! Thanks for the beautiful photos and sense of wonderment of it all!!!

    • camilla  May 18, 2012

      Julie, Yay!!! I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to hear this! Please shoot me some photos when your space is completed. Thanks for stopping by and commenting 🙂

  5. valerie (poetic chronicles)  May 18, 2012

    Who wants a park or a huge playground, when you can have a secret place to welcome fairies, dream and behold beauty? That’s so lovely!!

  6. james  January 16, 2013

    I was googling secret gardens and came up on this link…you have a nice little space there…lovely…I’m working on creating a secret garden space…looking for inspiration….

    thanks for sharing…hope you enjoy your space.