An artful array of colorful plantings burst from vessels large and small, creating a peaceful spot to relax in the midst of the city. Woven seating has a stylish rubbed gold finish, and a modern accent table is a functional spot to set a drink while enjoying this urban oasis.
Protect perennial and evergreen plants in containers with specialized potted plant covers. A drawstring closure ensures gusty winter winds won’t dislodge these decorative covers. For best results, look for plant covers made from spun polypropylene that transmits light and moisture.
This deck is put to great use with space-saving vertical container gardening techniques. Everything from herbs and vegetables to tropical plants grow in the fabric pockets hanging from unique A-frame wood structures.
The pool's elevation is kept flush with the ground in order to take full advantage of the picturesque view. A slim black fence doesn't obstruct the scenery, while container gardens add dimension to the tiled pool deck.
Container-grown plantings are your friend when adding greenery to a terrace or balcony. “When you use typical landscape plants in pots or containers you’ll see them very differently than when they are planted in the ground,” says landscape designer Jeffery Erb. “You’ll see all the details up close and notice textures, vein patterns, the colors on the undersides of the leaves and more. So I like to use a minimal selection of plants in a small terrace or patio because it creates a more calm and serene environment — just what we need in the chaos of a city.” Erb advises choosing slow-growing cultivars that won’t outgrow their pots too quickly.
Sliding doors open the living room up to a covered porch, connecting the spaces and blurring the line between indoors and out. Comfortable seating and ample greenery give the space a welcoming, homey atmosphere.
Winds tunneling through high rises and neighborhoods can be damaging and drying. Adjust watering as needed and provide supports for tall plants or decorative fencing/screening as a wind break, says Melinda Myers, an urban gardener.