Elaine's Double Decker City Garden

Elaine's Double Decker City Garden

Aaron Able
Jun 15, 2010

Name: Elaine
Location:College Hill — Providence, Rhode Island

This tiny city garden (house built on 1/20 of an acre) is on a steep hill in the historic part of Providence. Roger Williams, the founder of Rhode Island, lived on the adjacent lot. The upper garden is my woodland garden, planted with mini hostas and northeastern wildflowers, most of which are ephemerals which last, seemingly, a few minutes at most. A large architectural piece is mounted on the wall and a small bird faucet drips over a hollowed-out granite basin.

The lower garden can be reached by a wrought-iron staircase. There is probably a different of eight or nine feet between the two levels. This area is all brick and English boxwood with a few tiny places for sun-loving annuals and a small shady corner where I can squeeze in a few impatiens, a hosta and geranium sanguineum. Given the limited space for planting, I use pots for herbs and other perennials.

The lower garden faces south so that we are able to use the patio on sunny days in the late fall.

Thanks Elaine!

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