Inspiration: Small Outdoor Gardens

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Sometimes inspiration is right under your nose. And in my case, it was all right there back at my childhood home, where my mom grows a small nursery of potted cacti and succulents that is her pride and joy. My mom has always been a green thumbed wonder, her gardens lush with flowers and our house was always filled with a forest of green.

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With age, she's slowed down and focused in on growing smaller succulent and xeric plants in pots, since they're more easily manageable, requiring less physical work and care. A reminder that you don't necessarily need a large garden to enjoy a garden. All you need is a little space, a few potted plants and a little know-how, and you could brighten up that stoop or balcony to similar effect. Mom always did know best.