Four Plans for Tiny Pocket Gardens
Excerpted from Shortcuts for Accenting Your Gardens
by Marianne Binetti
(c) Storey Publishing - All rights reserved
Don't let a small plot keep you from expressing unique garden designs, try pocket gardening!
Creative gardeners can organize their modest-sized lots into a series of separate garden area. The pockets, or planting areas, are sewn together in the landscape using low borders and boundaries that define the gardens without stitching them permanently into the earth.
If you really want to continue with the sewing metaphor, you can think of pocket gardening as a patchwork of minigardens with decorative stitches and nice wide borders at the perimeter. An ensemble of pocket gardens can look pieced together, but never as if it is about to unravel.
1. Herb Garden
Compact herbs such as chives, dwarf basil, lavender, and oregano fit nicely into the openings of concrete blocks. Wagon wheels, or ladders. Herbs need especially strong borders, as many of them spread quickly and sprawl.
2. Salad Garden
A beautiful collection of red- and green-leaf lettuce, onions, kale, and edible violets can be grown in a salad bowl shape and edged imaginatively with old plates set on edge and half buried in the soil. Recycled wine bottles, stuck into the ground upside down, can also make an unusual green glass border.
3. Cat-Lover's Garden
Catnip (Nepeta cataria) is the ground cover in this plan, but because it is such a vigorous, spreading plant, you need a strong border. You can make one by intertwining twigs to form a solid fence with plastic edging sunk in the ground to prevent the spread of underground catnip roots. Match the branch fence with a twig shade structure of cat-sized tepee of branches. Leave a cat-sized opening in the twig enclosure, and your pet will spend many hours lounging in this garden, happily high on catnip.
4. Secret Children's Garden
Many people build an area for children to play but never border it with anything other than some landscape timbers to keep the pea gravel or woodchips in place. Why not use a border of sawhorses for children to ride or a sturdy support for grapevines that children can also climb? A tepee covered with scarlet runner beans and a playhouse made of gigantic sunflowers are other whimsical ideas using plants that children love to grow.
--Excerpted from Shortcuts for Accenting Your Gardens
Used with Permission
Shortcuts For Accenting Your Garden:
500 Easy & Inexpensive Tips
Discover quick landscape fix-ups to help anyone have an impressive garden. Filled with anecdotes, real-life garden solutions, and thoughtful savvy, Shortcuts for Accenting Your Garden has a wealth of ideas for making the most of your landscape. Topics include:
- Garden vistas
- Showcase plants
- Features and accents
- Borders, paths, and arches
- Porches and courtyards
Plus, an entire chapter devoted to the all-important finishing touch: adding humor, whimsy, and personality to your garden.