Small Gardens 39 Ideabooks

With just a patch of soil and sunlight, you can create a mini kitchen garden. It won’t feed your family for the summer, but it can make your meals more interesting, and perhaps get kids interested in growing food or at least help them understand where it comes from. The trick is to choose the right crops. Varieties should...
The Art of the Espalier
With garden spaces becoming smaller around our urban and suburban homes, the espalier is enjoying a revival. To espalier is to train trees, shrubs and vines on a frame (also called an...
Container Garden Basics: How and When to Water Potted Plants
“How often do I need to water?” is usually the first question I get from clients after finishing their container gardens. It’s an important question, and the simple, honest answer is that you should water as often as the plant requires. But determining...
Crazy for Colorful Cones: 5 Container Plantings Beyond the Bowl
Hanging baskets have been a feature of British gardens for generations. Usually planted with an array of summer-flowering annuals and half-hardy perennials, they put that extra something into even a small garden. Traditional hanging baskets were...
Container Gardening Basics: The Dirt on Soil
The right soil or potting medium is essential for a successful container garden. The right soil will feed your plants and encourage strong root systems; the wrong soil can result in failure. It may sound simple, but it takes a variety of ingredients to...
5 Structural Plants to Frame Your Garden Beautifully
First and foremost a plantsman, I have always been lured by rarity, charmed by botanical minutiae and enthralled by novelty. As I turned my attention to art and design, I learned to look at and think of plants in broader terms — size and silhouette,...
How to Make a Window Garden Grow
What's more quaint and charming than a window box filled with flowers? I love these boxes, but I admit it took me a while to include them in my gardening — probably because I was intimidated by their installation and didn't want to risk doing it incorrectly....
Small Garden? You Can Still Do Bamboo
Bamboo is amazing. There are few other plants that provide such an elegant screen for unsightly views while requiring very little horizontal space to flourish. The plethora of varieties, sizes, colors and growth habits ensures that there is a bamboo that...
7 Deer-Resistant Flowers for Your Summer Containers
Deer are the bane of many gardeners' existences. For good reason, too — it's an awful feeling to wake up in the morning and find nothing but stems and dirt where a perfect garden once sat. But before you're tempted to give up gardening entirely,...
See Chelsea Flower Show Ideas Flourishing in a Real Backyard
In May 2013 the renowned RHS Chelsea Flower Show celebrated its centenary and once again gave us a wonderful spectacle of horticulture and garden design at its best. But do...
Step Up Your Garden Game With Terraced Plantings
There are many points to consider when planting terraced beds: the materials used for the retaining walls, the right plants for the conditions created and the balance of the plantings in relation to the hardscaping. By getting the plantings right, not...
Discover an Intimate Garden Nestled on a Manhattan Rooftop
The Manhattan skyline offers some of the world’s most dramatic and recognizable architectural icons, and city dwellers with access to those exclusive views highlight them in any way possible. In the shadow of the Empire State Building, architect
5 Container Gardens for the Holidays and Beyond
Whoever suggested we "deck the halls with boughs of holly" clearly wasn't also trying to cook a turkey, wrap gifts and bake dozens of cookies. Planting a container garden is rarely on the holiday to-do list, yet it is such a perfect way to welcome friends...
9 Fresh Herbs for Crowd-Pleasing Thanksgiving Dishes
Many favorite recipes for a Thanksgiving dinner call for fresh herbs. But instead of rushing to market to find what you need, wouldn’t it be nice to just step outside your door? Fresh herbs not only pack a more flavorful punch than their dry counterparts,...
Weirdly Wonderful Planters Give Stuffy Style the Boot
Freshman gardeners sometimes think they need to do everything "correctly" — like buying new state-of-the-art tools, planters and soil. The secret that veteran gardeners know is that creative gardening can be done with a little humor, a little money...
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