I'm fortunate to have a house in the city with a backyard that receives lots of morning sunlight and a front yard that basks in the strong afternoon sun. I get to experience the best of both worlds, but many of my friends aren't as lucky, and their gardens and yards often show it. Last week we gave you a few ideas for shade-loving plants — this week I'm going to round off the list with a few suggestions for shade-loving trees (and for an added bonus, they're also perfect for compact spaces!).
If you've been collecting piles of seed packets this spring, it can be hard to keep track of them all, especially if you need to sort by season or variety. Keep this idea in mind the next time you browse a flea market!
If you don't live in a house with a yard, it can be easy to dismiss flower bulbs as something you could never use. On the contrary: bulbs are great for container gardens and little indoor centerpieces. The folks at Longfield Farms offer a wide selection of bulbs, as well as a how-to section to help walk you through the process.
Isabelle Palmer founded The Balcony Gardener because she wanted to make the
most of her small balcony in North London; she wanted to create a space where she could "look, sit,
relax and grow my own little bit of green in the city." From ready made container gardens to gardening tools and outdoor furniture, The Balcony Gardener has an array of products you can use to create a garden escape of your own.
I can't be the only one with Fannie Farmer daydreams of Sunday mornings spent in a garden that's been around for ages. Problem is, I don't have an old garden (or a new one, for that matter). If you're also looking to fulfill green thumb fantasies, here's how to get the vintage garden look, with splurge and steal budgets.
I grew up in Chicago, where the lilac bushes were twice as tall as we were and lily of the valley grew in a magical swath the entire length of my parents' house and yard. But here in San Francisco, the lilac and lily of the valley in the flower shop where I work are met with amazement — "What is this?!"
I've heard many a renter lament — "If only I had a sunny spot to garden." But you don't need full sun to garden. At my last apartment I had a lush, beautiful green space that was deeply shaded by the patios above. It was actually my favorite apartment garden so far, a cool, peaceful retreat in the middle of the city.
Bring the spring inside with some house plants.
Not only will the pretty greenery bring a bit of life to your décor, it will also make your home healthier by working as a natural air purifier. And if basic
garden-variety houseplants aren’t really your thing check out these unique