Do you dream of getting into gardening but fear you have a black thumb or no outdoor design skills? Start small and before you know it you’ll be borrowing your neighbor’s till to plow a big plot, bringing heaps of vegetables to work because you couldn’t possibly eat all of that zucchini.
The way to go is to start small; try a simple planter or pot with one plant. It’s a little late in the season to have fun with seeds, so you’ll need to hit the nursery and pick up some plants. I love the life live plants add to a patio, deck or porch. If you’re feeling nervous at your first nursery visit, get some help from an employee, that’s what they are there for. They are happy to share their favorites and help you figure out what will work for you. In the meantime, I have a few suggested pairings.
I’m playing with Photovisi for the first time and yes, right now I am terrible at it, in case you couldn’t tell, but we all have to start somewhere, right?
So, when you’re planning out your planter, think about the container and the plants as architecture. Figure out if you want to add height, rhythm, mounded shapes, spiky shapes, color and/or contrast. Or, you may not care, and simply want to have a few fresh basil leaves and fresh tomatos handy to mix in with your fresh mozzarella. Whatever it is, now’s the time to get your hands dirty and have some fun with gardening, even on the smallest of scales. In the meantime, I’m going to try to get better at these collages. Happy planting!
Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the Editorial Director here on Hatch, you can find me talking design over at Houzz. Make me happy — leave a comment!