We’re lucky enough to have a large patio in our new apartment. While I love grilling and lounging in the sun with a good book as much as the next person, I must confess the biggest reason our patio excites me: GARDENING! The patio of our last apartment was always too windy for anything to prosper, but I’m hopeful that the interesting angles of our new patio will provide protection from the wind and offer both sun and shade.
I’ve so missed having my own herbs right outside to use while cooking (seriously, I grit my teeth every time I have to buy basil at the store, which is weekly). And I love the thought of trying to grow greens and vegetables in containers, too – maybe as practice for the “real” garden we might have someday. Here are some images from my urban patio garden inspiration folder that have me eager to dig in (winkwink) and get started:
Even the tiniest spaces can accommodate container gardens, depending on your conditions. I mean, if this apartment can do it…
Herbs galore! Going vertical is so smart.
There’s a lot going on here, but not a lot of food. However, the concept of stacking plants to line a wall is perfect for any small outdoor space.
Container gardening isn’t just for herbs. These would be great on a patio.
Mix in some herbs and vegetables with these decorative plants – my kind of gorgeous!
Please excuse me while I go graze on greens for dinner.
Lounging in the greenery.
I saved the best for last. Does it get any cooler than a vertical herb garden for an urban space? I think not!
I’d love to hear your stories and tips about patio gardening. What are your do’s and don’ts? Here’s a helpful guide for those of you also considering taking the patio garden plunge: Tips on starting a patio garden from Epicurious.