Welcome to the 2018 Patio Container Garden - A Full Tour of My Fairy Garden in the City
A Tour of the Patio Container Garden with Herbs, Flowers, and Succulents Featuring Faerie Garden Accents and Upcycled Furniture
I'm in love. It's real and deep. And we will spend so much time together this Summer! ... It's my patio garden -- and it is amazing.
The Patio Garden - The Overall Effect
|View of my Patio Fairy Grden from the driveway|
|View of the Patio Garden from the back porch|
|My Patio Garden in the City|
If this looks like it was a lot of work, it's because it really really was! Hahaha. But worth every bit of effort because it's like having an extra room of the house, when the weather is nice. I wanted to take pictures that showed what it looks like from the different sides of the patio half walls. I built up using veritical space with various "upcycled" items. More vertical space means more room for containers! Here are some ideas for building that all-important vertical space if you have a patio or porch garden.
The Modular Wire Cube Wall for Building Vertical Container Garden Space
I have had these modular wire cubes from Target for a while. I brought them out of doors to use on the porch garden at my old apartment in Roslindale, Boston. I kept them for the same purpose for the patio garden at my new apartment in Federal Hill, Providence. Wire cubes are a great way to build vertical space if you're container gardening, because the all-important sunshine can come through at all angles. The only trick with these ones is the height of them. I have to keep the tall-growing plants on the top shelves. I put the smaller growing plants in the inner cubes.
The Upcycled Headboard-as-Trellis Wall with Recycled Milk Crates and Childen's Chairs for Building a Vertical Garden
Another way to build space is to use plant stands. Rather than use the traditional ones, I got creative. First I used old milk crates, accumlated from who-knows-where. Next I used these color children's chairs from Ocean State Job Lot as plant stands. They were not only less expensive, but they add a bright pop of color and a great little whimsical touch to the container garden. They're super cute!
The Totally Trash-Picked Wall of "Upcycled" Furniture
|Two Chairs Picked Up from the Curb and Used as Plant Stands|
|A Plastic Wheelie Cart Repurposed as a |
Mini Garden Shed for My Patio Garden
The Little Front Garden
Succulents in My Faerie Garden
|Stonecrop succulent in a large container with tin butterfly decoration from Family Dollar|
|Succulent in a Terra Cotta Pot with Owl Deco for |
Fairy Garden Decor in My Patio Container Garden
|Coral Bells Perennial on Plant Stand with |
Ceramic Mouse Tchotchke for a Faerie Garden Effect
Herbal Garden for Container Gardening
|Lavender Plant in Container with Fairy Tale Figurines|
|My Sage Plant - made it back from last year!|
|This chive was transplanted from the garden in my childhood home,|
which was growing there when we moved in 35 years ago!
|Mojito Mint from Muddy River Herbals|
The ceramic tiger was painted by my father
His Spirit Watches over my Patio Garden in the City
|Parsley Plant in the Container Garden|
|Cilantro Herbal Container Garden|
|On the left is Spilanthes, the center is Rosemary |
Coral Bells (perennial not herb) on the right
|The plant in the blue container is oregano|
How CUTE is that fairy garden mushroom house???
|Arnica Plan from Muddy River Herbals|
in "My Garden"
I started off gardening season by going to the excellent herbal convention in Somerville, MA, Herbstalk. At that event, I bought a ton of herbs, including ones I hadn't grown before, from my friend Jenny of Muddy River Herbals. Jenny and I worked together at Allandale Farm many years ago. She's a great person and an excellently skilled gardener and garden/ herbal educator. Go to Muddy River Herbals for more from Jenny.
Here is the full rundown of herbs in this year's patio container garden:
- Mexican tarragon*
I absolutely love fresh herbs. They make cooking and making tea in the growing season so much more bright and delicious. If you've never tried container gardening but always wanted to, I definitely recommend starting off with herbs. It's very rewarding, and a lot of these plants are fairly low maintenance.
Speaking of low maintenance, I left an herb off this list. In fact, it gets it's own section in the patio garden. Shunted, if you will, to the front end to the porch, because it is such an opportunistic plant (language permaculturists like to use instead of "invasive"), so it sort of has to be quarantined so as not to take over the other plants...
The Lemon Balm Melissa Quarantine
|The Little Reader and the Hummingbird|
Faerie Garden Decorations for the Urban Patio Garden
|The Scarecrow Watches Over the Container Garden|
|Welcome to the Container Garden|
Lemon balm, also called melissa, is a really delicious lemon flavored herb in the mint family. It's great in soups, teas and all kinds of other recipes where a lemon flavor would enhance the taste. Not only is it a delcious herb, it's also really good for you. It helps with skin conditions, antibiotic resistance, anxiety -- all kinds of possible health effects. Even if you doubt these health benefits, since herbal medicinal healing is often looked on with skpeticism, it doesn't hurt to consume it, because it's so yummy. It's also the absolutely easiest herb to grow. These FIVE CONTAINERS started out from one little plant.
|This little lemon balm plant has grown to fill five containers|
I planted this little lemon balm plant in my garden in West Roxbury, Boston, seven years ago. I dug it up and planted it in a container and brought it to the Roslindale garden in 2013. Now, in 2018, it takes up FIVE containers.
Flowers in My Patio Fairy Garden
|OMG this fairy garden outhouse. Can you even?|
|I Love my (now) White (once pink) Elephant Watering Can|
From Alley's General Store in Martha's Vineyard
|I mean, you had to know he'd be here, right?|
- Coral Bells
Weeds That Aren't Weeds
|Yard Sale Elephant and Garden Dandelion in the Container Garden|
|Purslane in My Container Garden|