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

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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 2–Trees

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 Stimulate Your Creative Juices!

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 6 Tips for Container Gardens