Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Looking Up In The Garden

I guess if there was one last trend to highlight from the Chicago Flower And Garden Show it would be VERTICAL INTEGRATED GARDENING (not as complicated as it sounds).


Those of us with smaller properties have been gardening vertically for years but never on the scale that I saw displayed at the show.

Integration of herbs, veggies, wheat grass lettuces and flowers

The beds are actually mounded in an upside down "v" shape with plantings on the top and sides.

As you can see, there is a blending of flowers, herbs, spring bulbs, ivy and succulents.  This is an imaginary garden to stimulate your own ideas.  I don't think many of us would be planting rows of cyclamen out in our summer gardens.

There are plantings everywhere on this tepee shaped trellis, plants in pockets of moss, plants around and underneath.

Even the window boxes have taken on a more vertical effect.

The evergreens and sculptures keep us looking up in the garden.

Juniper Nana

Smith and Hawken Potting Bench

I know, this bench has nothing to do with vertical gardening, except it will certainly assist in your gardening life.  I just had to show it to you.

A garden show is not a recipe but an inspiration!