Winter Planter

This client's front garden was designed to have a large planter in the centre of a flagstone spiral. But finding the right container took us longer than anticipated, and in the meantime she saw a winter-decorated planter that she loved. So this is what we created, using the original planting plan, modified. Ingredients: Bowl shaped... Continue Reading →

Winter Containers

Winter containers I've lately been looking at Pinterest "Winter containers", and unsurprisingly, a lot of pins are containers designed by Deborah Silver, of Detroit Garden Works. She has a distinctive personal style--you can always identify her designs when you see a page of google images. Here are a few examples:   So I decided to have... Continue Reading →

Window Boxes–A Recipe

I was at a garden clinic on Saturday, where a couple asked about what they might plant in their window boxes. As I think more about it, I'd give them different advice now than I did on Saturday. Not that my advice was necessarily wrong, just not the best for what they actually wanted. Their window boxes... 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 →

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