Posts Tagged ‘containers’

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


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.

A London Rooftop Vegetable Garden


Check out Dom’s rooftop garden in Hackney, London. This is his first year in this building, so he call this vegetable garden “a big experiment.”

Dom’s tomatoes are growing in grow bags — “really just bags full of peat/compost/growing soil that are specially designed for vegetables and fruit,” he explained. “They’re great for vegetables in confined spaces but their one major drawback is that you can never tell how dry or wet they are.”

We haven’t had any problems with rodents in our garden here in NYC, but Dom’s not so lucky. “Rocket, spinach and lobelia all failed because the squirrels tampered with the soil, sending seeds everywhere. Grey squirrels are a real problem in London.”

For more pictures of Dom’s London garden, check out his Flickr page.

Use Shoe Organizers to Create a Wall Garden


Could a shoe organizer make a comfortable home for a bunch of plants? We found this whimsical planter on Apartment Therapy.


Then we found step-by-step instructions on how to make a shoe organizer garden on Time Out NY and Instructables. We’re wondering how these look after a full growing season, so we’re going toscour the web for more pictures.

Help Us Pick Plants: One More Rooftop Perennial Container


Hey, so we’re adding one more container to our roof garden … and we really need your help.  We’re hoping to put bold flowers and lush-looking plants that will be able to handle  rooftop conditions .

I’m just about ready to push the buy button on this cart from White Flower Farm, but I’d like your advice on my choices first. How did I do?

  • We already have a red salvia that’s going gangbusters on the roof, so I thought adding a purple salvia would be smart.
  • Heuchera is my new favorite plant and I’d like to try one in our garden. Heuchera Obsidian can tolerate full sun and the near black leaves look exciting and low maintenance.
  • The Ganzania kerbasiana Tanager has bright flowers with dark centers that would set off the heuchera. But it might clash with the purple salvia?

I want to place the order tomorrow, so we can hopefully pot them this weekend. What do you think? The salvia would be a thriller, the heuchera a filler . . . but I don’t think the Tanager is really a “spiller.” I could try Creeping Jenny, or can you suggest another spiller?

The Sedum Mr. Goodbud would live in a different container, under more dry condditions. Mr. Goodbud should look good in the late fall, after most other things have died back.

It feels like we’ve already spent a small fortune on plants and keep saying we’re going to stop buying plants . . . then we keep going back for “just one more.” Is this a sensible purchase or are there some better options for us? Thanks for any help!

Wall Gardening: A Small Space Solution


We’ve got just enough room for people, plants, and patio table in our Brooklyn roof garden, but I’m wondering if we could squeeze in a wall garden? If we could push everything out 10 inches, we could turn the stairwell shed into a wall garden using this stackable wall garden from Lee Valley. Too bad the large wall garden unit is sold out.

You Grow Girl says gardeners must be wary of strawberry pots: “They have poor water distribution and tend to dry out quickly. Sometimes they’re ugly. Or the pockets are too small.” I wonder if that warning would apply to this wall garden container, with strawberry pot style pockets, too?


Smith & Hawken sells a wall garden too. And this wall garden from Oregon is just the inspiration I need to try it out next year:


Images: Lee Valley, Smith & Hawken,

The Stack and Grow Planter

Woolly Pocket: A mini-meadow for your roof garden


This San Francisco roof garden was built with the Woolly Meadow.

We haven’t tested Woolly Pockets (or even seen one of these in person yet), but they seem to fill a great roof gardening niche: they’re pretty affordable ($247, hey… one plastic pot at Home Depot is twenty bucks!), lined to protect the roof, and fold-able for winter storage. The containers is light, but be sure your roof can support the weight of soil + plants + water + the Woolly.


Starting out with this $45 Woolly Patch might be the way to go … and I love this sedum.

Via Apartment Therapy

Images: Woolly Pocket Garden Company, used with permission

Early Summer Roof Garden Inspiration from Bearsky


Brooklyn terrace and roof gardener Bearsky has more photos to share. (Thanks, Bearsky!)


Spring green sprouts look amazing in concrete troughs, though concrete would be booted off my roof — too heavy! The lion garden sculpture is amazing. Where’d you get it, Bearsky?

I blogged Bearsky’s rooftop vines too.

Images: Bearsky, via Flickr