Adam's Federal Hill's Finest Patio

Small, Cool Outdoors Entry #17

Name: Adam B.
Location: Baltimore, MD
Size: 250 square feet

Your Favorite Thing About Your Outdoor Space: By far, I am most proud of the blue framed trellis that I designed and built. Over the last couple of years I have managed to train Clematis over the diamond gridded wire only to suffer complete lost from Clematis wilt by the end of summer. I recently planted native Honeysuckle and am hopeful that it will serve me better. Regardless, I love the contrast of the daylilies against the blue. I imagine the Honeysuckle will provide the same once established.

Biggest Design Challenge With This Space: Softening the AC unit and fireplace vent. It was important to make the AC unit fade away without impacting its performance by restricting air circulation around it. I accomplished this with some airy grasses and Russian Sage. Yes these die back in the winter, but who cares, I'm not out there anyway. The fireplace vent is now behind my moveable vegetable trough. I will simply move the trough in the winter so that my bamboo trellis doesn't catch on fire.

Tips for Creating a Great Small Outdoor Space: Consider the microclimate. Small spaces, especially in urban settings, tend to have a unique microclimate due to the amount of sun, air, and water the space receives. In my case, I chose drought tolerant and hardy plants that could handle the heat provided by the surrounding buildings and hardscape. Any finicky plants are in pots which can be moved around and managed more closely. Even my vegetable trough is on casters so that I could find the best growing location and move it if entertaining requires it.

Thanks, Adam, and good luck!

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