Five Great Containers: Part Last!

So I'll recap the story. Ben's wife and little son have been gone all summer and are coming back in two weeks. He wants to do something nice for them and asks for a balcony design. This is one of my favourite balcony pictures: And because of its simplicity, that is the idea I gave... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 2–Trees

A few days ago I blogged about the client who wanted to surprise his wife with a beautiful balcony. And I showed you the first of 5 great containers. Here is the first: The Tree The main plant is of course the Japanese Maple--Acer palmatum 'Viridis'. This is one of the more sun-tolerant Japanese Maples,... Continue Reading →

5 Great Containers, Part 1–The Plan

The Site A client has a small trapezoid-shaped balcony that he wants to beautify with containers for little cost. Specifically he wants to beautify it before his wife returns from visiting family, as a surprise! What's more, he wasn't exactly sure what she would like or not like. The balcony occupies the whole side of... Continue Reading →

Fragrance in the Garden

I'm sitting here in the living room doing some computer work, and intermittently something distracts me. I've just realized it's fragrance! I went outside an hour ago just to get some air, and was drawn into the garden by the scent of the Daphne odora, across from the front steps. Beside the front steps is Skimmia japonica, and... Continue Reading →

Stimulate Your Creative Juices!

When you're looking at your garden/balcony/outdoor space wondering what you should do to make it more beautiful/useful/practical, you can start with asking yourself some basic questions. So for those who want to make some--or a lot of--changes, here's a questionnaire to stimulate your creative juices. CLIENT SITE ANALYSIS This analysis is designed to give an... Continue Reading →

6 Tips for Container Gardens

My garden is my test ground. Most of what I know I learned by screwing up at least once. So here's some tips I've learned through trial and error. 1. PLAN! Typically I've combined plants that I have rather than plants that I've designed to go together. I was given the little Buxus (boxwood), so... Continue Reading →

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