Container and Small-Space Gardening for the South

How to Grow Flowers and Food No Matter Where You Live

By Barbara W. Ellis

Container and Small-Space Gardening for the South

168 pp., 8 x 9, 121 color plates, index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-7829-0
    Published: March 2024
  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-1-4696-7830-6
    Published: March 2024

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Vast flower beds and large summer vegetable gardens are many southern gardeners' pride and joy. But gardening on a large scale isn't—and doesn't need to be—for everyone. In an era when many people would like to grow plants but are challenged by time, space, and lack of other resources, this concise, easy-to-use guide introduces southern gardeners to the art, craft, and science of growing plants in containers and in small spaces. Through friendly, engaging text and beautiful, inspiring photographs, Barbara Ellis demonstrates how to create container and small-space gardens that can withstand southern heat and humidity while still looking gorgeous all season long. Written for gardeners of all ages and experience levels, this book will inspire southerners to add containers brimming with flowers, herbs, vegetables, or a mix of all things green to every yard, garden, and terrace.

  • Features plants that everyone can grow throughout the southeast, with suggestions for overwintering tender plants indoors or replacing them annually.
  • Covers key plant-care basics, including options on container selection, potting mediums, seasonal care, pest and disease control, and more.
  • Identifies plants that support butterflies, hummingbirds, and pollinators.
  • Offers comprehensive lists to help readers select the best plant options for their sites and objectives.
  • Gives advice for readers on tight budgets and on how to create attractive containers from found materials.

About the Author

Barbara W. Ellis is a lifelong gardener and the author of many books on the subject, including Chesapeake Gardening & Landscaping.
For more information about Barbara W. Ellis, visit the Author Page.


"A detailed guide with hands-on techniques for starting and maintaining a garden in small spaces. . . . The book’s tips and ideas are applicable to gardeners everywhere."—Library Journal

"Barbara Ellis's book is the perfect guide to small-space gardening. Her approach includes practical and creative solutions to small-space gardens of all kinds, and her easy-to-follow tips and advice will ensure your dream plantings come to delightful fruition."—David J. Ellis (no relation) is editor of the American Gardener, published by the American Horticultural Society

"This is a terrific resource for those of us limited in growing space but not in gardening ambition. Barbara Ellis clearly and concisely shares lots of ideas, options, and inspirations for container and small-space gardens."—Kathy Jentz, author of Groundcover Revolution and coauthor of The Urban Garden: 101 Ways to Grow Food and Beauty in the City

"Aspiring gardeners often worry, 'I want a garden, but it's so complicated.' The friendly, encouraging style, thorough information, and lovely pictures in this book make readers feel like they are being led by the hand to succeed, especially in limited places."”—Ruth Rogers Clausen, coauthor of Deer-Resistant Native Plants for the Northeast

"Barbara Ellis makes container gardening appealing and approachable. I especially loved the environmentally friendly reminders, particularly how to use paper as a weed barrier, make your own organic fertilizer, and repurpose old milk jugs as watering cans."—Danesha Seth Carley, North Carolina State University, coauthor of Pollinator Gardening for the South

"Barbara Ellis writes with enthusiasm, sharing the inspiring message that creative container gardening is attainable by anyone who wants to give it a try."—Barbara J. Sullivan, author of Climate Change Gardening for the South