Posts Tagged ‘containers’

Two Places To Buy Pots and Containers

We’re looking for a few new containers to spice up our collection. I love the selection at Jayson Home and Garden in Chicago. Take a look. I’ve visited Jayson Home and Garden twice on trips to Chicago and pushed mail order from them as well. I highly recommend them.

A friend from Apartment Therapy also suggested that I check out Pottery Manufacturing, though they may be more of a trade resource?

Do you have a favorite place to buy your pots in Brooklyn, NYC and beyond? Please comment and share your resources!

Image: Jayson Home and Garden

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A Candle To Keep The Bugs Away . . . Naturally


The bug candle we used on our roof garden last summer stinks. Light it up and it throws off a totally overpowering citronella smell. We’re ready for something different and just might try this candle ($56) from Hillhouse Naturals. They promise it will keep the mosquitoes away naturally, with either Eucalyptus, Mint Leaf and Lemongrass; or Wild Mint, Juniper and Tea Tree scents. And when the candle is finished, the concrete planter would be great for a succulent garden.

Image: Hillhouse Naturals

Spring Inspiration: String Gardens

Such a stunning concept.

Yeah, yeah, I know. Unfortunately, this is not the most practical concept for a roof garden. Under the blazing August sun, you’d need to water these every five minutes. Still, this photos and the others on stringgardens.com are perfect inspiration on a cold, gray morning in Brooklyn [discovered via Apartment Therapy].

Image: StringGardens.com

The Vertical Garden

The Vertical Garden ($30 + shipping) creates nine planting areas, stacked on three levels. We found it at the Philadelphia Flower Show and liked how the triple stack of pots is water and space efficient. R* and I are interested in hearing what you think about the “taste level” of this Vertical Garden. The Vertical Garden also includes a hanging chain.

We bought one to test, but it seems a little cheap looking to us and it doesn’t seem to show off the plants very well. The Stack and Grow planter from the old Smith & Hawken certainly was more classy looking.

Small Space Garden Inspiration from the Philadelphia Flower Show

A few weeks ago, we snuck away to Philadelphia for the day to visit the Philadelphia Flower Show. The show was stunning, but honestly we were hoping for more inspiration and ideas for urban small space gardeners. This stand from the Mid Atlantic Horticultural Therapy Network stood out to us. They suggested looking for discarded stairs and turning them into a vertical garden with room for multiple window boxes.

Stoop Sighting: First Flowers on Park Place

Today is the first day of spring!

We don’t know the name of this plant (do you?), but we love how this bush brightens this Brooklyn brownstone stoop.

Our Favorite Brownstone Stoop Container Garden

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We finally snapped a picture of my favorite Brooklyn brownstone stoop gardens this afternoon.

This brownstone planter is simple — just two plants — and elegant. The plants take advantage of their location; passers buy look up into the grass and little blue flowers. If this planting was viewed at ground level, the little flowers might get lost, but here their lacy best can be appreciated at eye level. The plants manage to show off the container without making the container the star.

Unlike some containers that peek and then loose their appeal, this planter has looked great since spring. It breaks the “thriller, spiller, filler rule” with much success. Does anyone recognize the plants in this container?

For another great container garden in the same neighborhood, check out this Brooklyn window box overflowing with petunias.