This gorgeous garden gets less structured and more native the farther you get away from the home. Large square planters contain succulents and flowers in an orderly manner, while native plants and ornamental grasses take over as the land extends in the distance. A wood deck provides a perfect vantage point to enjoy the Japanese-style garden.
Square limestone pavers set on sand contrasts with the decomposed granite used for this garden behind a townhome in San Francisco. The project by St. John Landscapes, based in Berkeley, Calif., won a 2015 Association of Professional Landscape Designer award.
Vessels for spectacular blooms by day, lighting elements by night: These Solar Illuminated Planters, $89.95 each from Gardener’s Supply, are powered by the sun, so you can display them anywhere without worrying about outlet placement. Choose color-changing mode or select a single color to complement your plantings.
Vertical stackable planters are one way to have a micro garden and it suits shallow-rooted edibles like lettuces, flowers, strawberries and herbs, says Anne Gibson, known as The Micro Gardener. This setup also minimizes moisture loss when watering from the top. Group plants with the same water needs together on each tier and add a saucer at the base to collect any water or nutrients.
This home is perched on a gentle hill and offers beautiful vantage points of mountains and rolling landscapes. A walkway meanders its way between garden beds and planters from the street to the front door.
Immediately after planting, water your container garden thoroughly. Use a watering can with a rose or the gentle shower setting on a hose end sprayer. You may have to water the pot several times over the course of a few minutes to completely soak soil. If you’re planting in one area and will display your pots in another, place your pots in their final destination before watering. (Wet soil is heavier to carry.)
Pollution is another aspect of safe food gardening in high traffic areas. Barrier planting may need to be installed as a screen to filter airborne heavy metals and toxic chemicals away from food gardens, says Anne Gibson of TheMicroGardener.com. In the Atlanta condo terrace, Cameron Watkins of C. Watkins Garden Co. designed the landscaping.