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
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
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
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.
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