Even a small plot of land can add beauty in all seasons and serve as a pollinator habitat, says Evelyn J. Hadden, author of
"Hellstrip Gardening," (April 2014, Timber Press). This waterwise hellstrip garden in Boise, Idaho, features yucca, lavender, and both white and yellow flowering varieties of buckwheat (Eriogonum).
A mix of ornamental grasses, succulents and foliage plants create a colorful entry to this home. A gravel walkway cuts through the garden, with the low-growing plants, including a mature aloe vera, closest to the edge.
The coastal, pastoral feel of this seaside garden is emphasized with the soft palette of purple and white plants. Lavender and daisies are combined to create a graceful garden against the grey tones of the weathered stone and wood.
The flowering plants are primarily pink, white, yellow and blue, a soft palette that complements the natural shingles of the home. Flowering shrubs, roses, perennials, annuals and spring bulbs ensure that the garden is in bloom from March until late fall. Plants like iris, alliums, echinacea, roses and foxglove emphasize the cottage style of this colorful garden.
Coming up with unique color combinations is one way to make your balcony garden pop as in this mix of evergreen shrubs and eye catching perennials such as purple heather and calibrachoa from Urban Green.
Hard-lined geometric planters are softened with softly textured native grasses and vibrant succulent varieties that either drape over planter walls or act as sculptural pieces, which complement the architecture. The walls throughout the site not only aid in creating more usable space, but absorb the sun’s heat during the day and radiate it out in the cooler coastal evenings.