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 →

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 →

Designing Your Balcony Garden

Steve Whysall writes a garden column for The Vancouver Sun, and this week's column is on balcony gardens. I was just talking with my friend yesterday about using the Client Site Analysis for her own balcony space, so this column is timely.And apologies for so many LINKS!

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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