How to Create a Dry Creek Bed in 5 Not-So-Easy Steps

I used to think the concept of having a dry river bed in your yard was stupid, artificial, a waste of good planting space, pretentious, and lot of other adjectives I don't have to mention. But having had my vision expanded and exposed to lots more interesting features recently, I'm increasingly a fan. Of well … Continue reading How to Create a Dry Creek Bed in 5 Not-So-Easy Steps

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5 Great Containers–Part 4

As promised, here's another instalment of 5 Great Containers, this time a variant on the formula--"One Tree, One small Evergreen, One tall Perennial, One fluffy Perennial, One Grass". I saw this amazing grafted Cotoneaster (some feel this is an artificial-looking device, but what is art but an artificial device?), and had to buy it. My original … Continue reading 5 Great Containers–Part 4

Pocket Gardens, or How to Garden in Even the Tiniest Outdoor Space

It could be a Juliet balcony, an urban front yard, the narrow space between houses, a boulevard you'd like to take under your wing, or any other tiny spot. You want it to be beautiful and functional. You already know how to make a nice container, but you also know there's lots more you could do if … Continue reading Pocket Gardens, or How to Garden in Even the Tiniest Outdoor Space

Make Your Balcony a More Comfortable Place to Enjoy.

In this city of townhouses, condos, and inevitably balconies, making those balconies  inviting, comfy, artistic, creative, useful and green is becoming a key aspect of "landscape" design. Enter Houzz, and their seemingly unlimited collection of everything related to indoor/outdoor living. Like my Pinterest boards, my Houzz Ideabooks are multiplying like rabbits. In my search for small garden ideas, … Continue reading Make Your Balcony a More Comfortable Place to Enjoy.

5 Great Containers–Part III

Another Japanese Maple As promised, here's another container for the balcony garden. Remember, this is a south facing garden on the 7th floor, with a duplicate balcony above it on the 8th floor, so it gets a little shelter from storms, but is therefore in a rain shadow. Don't forget to water your outdoor container garden, … Continue reading 5 Great Containers–Part III