I live in the city. My yard is approximately the size of a postage stamp. Here it is below in all it’s postage stamp glory.
However, I do have a front porch….
and a back porch…
a back balcony (no pics because we never use it), and a roof deck….
to decorate with flowers! Container planting is the way to go. I thought it would be fun to explore some of the things I have come up with and then dive into some inspiration pics.
When it comes to container planting, I seriously lack creativity. Not for lack of trying. I just can’t seem to get a mix of plants in one container all growing, blooming, and looking healthy all at the same time. So I tend to stick to one variety in abundance such as impatiens and petunias. You just can’t go wrong with them.
In the picture below, you can see I took one large petunia plant (bought at B.J.’s for $11) and broke it up and crammed it into one of my window boxes. Buying a large plant and breaking into chunks is often cheaper than buying flats.
If you’re wondering if you can plant herbs in containers, the answer is yes!
I buy flats of impatiens and plant them in containers and boxes early in the season. They are nearly indestructible, bloom all summer, and last until winter! This picture below was taken in late fall and you can see that my red impatiens are still in full bloom.
I pot larger petunia plants in early spring and delight in watching them fill and overflow their containers!
Okay, and now for some inspiration!
I am in love with this shoe pocket herb garden found via Ohdeedoh. I think my boys would have so much fun helping me plant this! Granted, the canvas wouldn’t look nearly as cute come end of summer, but I like the general idea here.