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Urban Gardens 43 Ideabooks

Urban Hedgerow, an art and ecological collaborative in San Francisco, has been planting wild habitats in the city landscape since 2009. In addition to raising public awareness of and creating discussion about the importance of the beneficial bugs and wildlife in our built environments, the group is also beautifying it,...
Grow a Kitchen Garden in 16 Square Feet
With just a patch of soil and sunlight, you can create a mini kitchen garden. It won’t feed your family for the summer, but it can make your meals more interesting, and perhaps get kids interested in growing food or at least help them understand where...
Give Your Compact Patio Some Major Style
Even if your outdoor space is smaller than average, it is possible to create a stylish, welcoming outdoor room you’ll love to spend time in. From creating privacy and adding mood lighting to choosing furniture you love, we hope you will find an idea...
Stars and Myths Inspire a Contemporary London Garden
For many gardens the design starts with a problem. The client and designer work through the problem, which the new garden then solves. This garden in London’s Crouch End began with the stars and Antoni Gaudí. Instead of focusing...
Nightfall Brings a Dutch Urban Garden to Life
Nighttime transforms the landscape. Though we’re drawn to it, dusk usually signals that it’s time to go inside for the night. But in this backyard retreat, it’s at night when the garden comes alive — subtle movements are heard and seen, white...
A Mom, a Garden and a Gift for the Neighbors
I normally hope to inspire readers to try new things in the garden, but this before-and-after project comes with a story that I hope will encourage you to start a garden wherever you are in life, with or without home ownership. Whether it's on your...
Container Garden Basics: How and When to Water Potted Plants
“How often do I need to water?” is usually the first question I get from clients after finishing their container gardens. It’s an important question, and the simple, honest answer is that you should water as often as the plant requires. But determining...
Container Gardening Basics: The Dirt on Soil
The right soil or potting medium is essential for a successful container garden. The right soil will feed your plants and encourage strong root systems; the wrong soil can result in failure. It may sound simple, but it takes a variety of ingredients to...
Can-Do Design Ideas From 8 City Gardens
Urban gardens may have started as a way to link us to our rural roots, but we now can turn to the cities themselves for garden inspiration. Designers and gardeners are creating spaces that are doing more than just replacing asphalt with plants — they're...
Budget Gardener: 8 Easy Container Plants to Grow From Seed
I love growing container gardens and keep many of them throughout my landscape. While I love the instant gratification of a 4-inch starter pot, buying dozens of them to fill all those containers gets expensive. One way to combat this is starting a number...
How to Grow a Rose Garden in Pots
Have you ever heard that anything that grows in the ground can be grown in a container? That's true, even for roses. While potted roses have additional watering and fertilizing requirements, they are wonderful for patios, decks and balconies, making them...
Garbage to Garden: A Vacant Philly Lot Gets Some Green-Thumb Love
The owner of a new coffee shop in Philadelphia's Point Breeze area hired artist and designer Becky Bourdeau to create an open urban garden space and inviting seating areas in an abandoned garbage-strewn plot out back. Now a garden of tough but beautiful...
See the Amazing Orchids Unfolding at a New York Garden Show
There's a moment in the 2002 Charlie Kaufman film Adaptation, which is based on Susan Orlean's book The Orchid Thief, when the toothless orchid hunter wades through chest-high swamp water in search of a rare varietal called the Ghost Orchid....
Private Access: 12 Bathroom Windows That Reveal Only the Views
Even though the bathroom is the most private room in a house, it's lacking if it doesn't have a window. Ideally a bathroom window has a view and offers privacy, which may seem impossible but which can be achieved through various means (size and...
Unwind in an Enclosed Garden Sanctuary — Outdoors or In
We may think that garden rooms are a relatively new feature in garden design, but they actually go back a long way in garden history to the hortus conclusus — the enclosed garden. The Hortus conclusus started in the ancient gardens of...
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