Flower Box Awards: Doug and Allie's Patio with a View

Flower Box Awards: Doug and Allie's Patio with a View

Maxwell Ryan
Sep 28, 2007

Owner: Doug and Allie
Location: East 87th street, NYC

In Doug's words:

When Allie and I moved into our new apartment in May, before we even started unpacking boxes, we were planning how we would outfit our great new terrace. Having worked in a nursery as a teenager, I knew that flowers would play an important role. Allie, a big fan of AT: The Kitchen, was anxious to start a widowbox herb garden...

It was important to us that we keep an urban feel... modern but comfortable. After a harrowing ride back from the Flower District in a taxi full of jiggling pottery we bought at Jamali Garden, we were on our way.

Allie sowed two windowboxes with basil, mint, cilantro, and chives
seeds, which provide us not only with lush greenery, but have helped
support several great dinner parties this summer. I filled our planters with Heliotropium, Verbena, Helichrysum, Lavandula and several varieties of Angelonia. The effort has resulted in an outdoor room that encourages us to observe the movements of the City while being placidly removed from it -- a space we've enjoyed for morning coffee, afternoon sun and late night drinks all summer long.

With the long days of summer quickly fading, we're looking forward to
preparing new plantings for the holidays. And we're already thinking
ahead to next spring and how we'll expand upon what we learned puttering among the plants in our sunny, breezy terrace-room this first year.

Dear Doug and Allie,

That is a great start, and what a good way to take advantage of the view. And very impressive that you thought of growing edible plants and did it from seed! Love the height and size of the pots, they will be good anchors for any additional lower pots you may bring to the collection. It also keeps your layout flexible. We have a little gift in the mail to you: a pot from Ecoforms and seed packets from SelectSeeds.com to help make your gardens grow. Enjoy!

matt at apartmenttherapy dot com

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