This shaded apartment building facing North was made lush with shade tolerant plants. Organic compost was incorporated in to the soil and a drip system was installed through-out the entire space. Window boxes and a tree well was also planted to complete the space.
Contemporary Private Garden
This private garden in Cobble Hill was a blank slate, a designer's dream. Within the space, I was able to fit 3 small trees, and numerous perennials and shrubs, providing year-round interest. At home now lives an evergreen Magnolia, a Japanese Red-Maple and a native tree called a Cornelian Cherry (Cornus mas).
BayRidge Cottage Garden
We first renovated the fence, by power washing and re-staining it. The side beds were created, a sod lawn was installed and edged in cobblestone, and many native plants were planted. The garden now blooms continuously from Spring through Fall and provides habitat for pollinators and birds.
When I think I cannot take one more day of Winter, out pops the first signs of Spring- flowering bulbs. Then I remember why I spend my Falls digging hole after hole after hole.
Ahh the joys of sunshine. If you are lucky to have a patch of earth flooded with sun, pick your favorite colors and we will find you a wealth of plants to choose from.
Shade Gardens are common and nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, if you have a true sun garden in NYC, I want to see it! We live in a city filled to the brim and if its not a giant building casting shade on your land, its a massive tree. Fortunately, we have lots and lots of options for shade tolerant and beautiful plants, so let's embrace the shade and be thankful we aren't cooking in the August sun.
Modern Container Gardens
For many people, gardening in the ground is not an option. This is where containers or large planters come to the rescue. There are many varieties of style and material to choose from. You can elect to have wooden planters for a more natural look, beautiful and durable ceramic pots or sleek and modern fiberglass containers. Planters allow you to grow anything from bulbs to trees above ground.
I love to bring color and life to small spaces! Pots and planters come in all shapes, sizes and material. They are versatile, can be moved around and its contents and style can easily change from year to year and season to season. The possibilities are endless and if you only have a window ledge or a stoop to plant, remember the power of the planter.
Talk about curb appeal! Tree beds are wonderful additions to the sidewalk environment. They help protect the tree by preventing soil compaction from foot traffic and a planted tree well is more likely to discourage littering. It is important, however, not to plant species that will compete with the tree for water, nutrients and space.