Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Thinking about Terraces

I’ve never been good with plants. I don’t talk to them, hate to water them. I don’t mind cactuses and orchids, mostly because I can do whatever I want to them and they still maintain their sculptural poise. Other plants, however, soon give up and abandon us. We once had a ficus tree that lost every single leaf.
      So I am wondering what to grow on our new terrace. (I’ve never had an outdoor space either.) I’ve been looking at this landscape designer’s site for inspiration (completely unrealistic but so beautiful) and reading the City Gardener’s tips for getting started. And this book about tiny gardens looks promising but I haven’t seen a copy yet.

3 comments:

Allison said...

A lemon tree might work well. They are easy to keep in pots, and if you put it on of those rolling stands, you can birng it in easily when it gets too cold out. I haven't killed mine yet (which means it must be very hardy indeed), and I even occassionally get a lemon from it! They smell wonderful when they're blooming, too.

Other than that, I'd suggest lots of little pots with basil, thyme, etc. that are easy to keep up for a few months during the summer. Living in an area that doesn't get frost, I'm not much help with the permanent plants.

Tara said...

I used to have a lemon tree in San Francsico, and it was wonderful. It did cause us some worry because it lost leaves like a maniac, but it did gather up its energy and manage to bring forth one huge lemon before we left for San Diego.

Garden Design London said...

I completely agree with the comment of Allison...The lemon will do the trick for you....