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How to plan an urban garden – Urban Gardener video

November 18, 2019

-Today on Urban Gardener, we’re
going to Park Slope to visit a mature backyard
garden. [UPBEAT MUSIC PLAYING] [MID-TEMPO MUSIC PLAYING] -Down here we have a nice
shade grass called Hakonechloa. It’s like a bright moment
here on the floor. This is a beautiful little
way to brighten up a dark space in a garden. There’s a really nice blend of
shrubs and ground covers. In order to disguise a
chain-link fence, you can plant it with vines. And this is a range of Clematis
that she’s got all the way around. In an urban garden, typically
we have to obey the grid. Garden designers often try to
break up the rigid geometry of a rectangle and you can do
that with plantings. And as you can see, it sort of
softens all of those lines. When you’re starting to design
a garden, what do you really focus on to begin with? -You’re looking for where you
want to put your seating areas, where you want
to put your beds. After that, you start thinking,
I want some more verticality. Let me add some pots. I want to grow some things that
maybe won’t do so well or they’ll be hidden in a bed, so
I want to focus on them and highlight them. So I put them in a pot. The containers have been
collected over time. I changed the ingredients
of them often. I move things a lot. It’s much easier to pop
a plant out of a pot than to dig it up. That’s one of things that
gives you a lot of versatility. -I also want to ask about this
feature right over here. This is really cool. -It’s a steel ladder sunk in
a huge bowl of concrete, repurposed as a trellis. -It’s kind of like the high
line, we’re sort of reusing a structure from yesteryear,
sort of in a new way. -Right, exactly. -Thank you so much for guiding
us through your garden. This is such an amazing space. It’s been a treat. -Thank you. -See you next time on
Urban Gardener. -If you love home and design
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  • Reply DIGS Channel September 7, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Great garden design!

  • Reply MajorPonch September 7, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Very cool!

  • Reply russtex September 8, 2012 at 6:54 am

    Beautiful garden!

  • Reply touristinexile September 8, 2012 at 7:49 am

    So if I buy a plant and keep it in the pot, how long do I have to plant it in the ground. I'm thinking about something like an azalea. I figure it would take me at least two seasons to be sure where I wanted something to go. Can perennials winter in pots. I like the idea of advice on starting an urban garden. More how to's

  • Reply averagejohn1232004 September 9, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    I could totally see the owner of this garden having afternoon tea or doing yoga there.

  • Reply SPACEStv September 10, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    ooh that sounds like a fun afternoon

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