August 19, 2013 5:07 PM Subscribe
How do I beautify a concrete "garden" space without relying on my green thumb?
posted by rustcellar to Home & Garden (16 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
This is Mrs. Rustcellar. Rustcellar and I just moved to a place in Brooklyn that has a nice outdoor space out back. It's all concrete, maybe 10x10 or so, with a raised steel porch/landing next to it. I'd love to beautify the space to entice us to spend more time out there, but the truth is I am a plant killer. Are there other ways to turn this into an urban garden? We laughed about a St. Francis birdbath (um i grew up with one of those) but after that we were out of ideas. Maybe we could put a table and chairs down there, but how to make it lovely? A rock garden? A climbing vine? Suggestions for VERY elementary gardeners welcome. Like can I transplant some of the bamboo from our current yard to make a bamboo covered wall in this new space? The space is slightly sunken in between the surrounding buildings, so light exposure is a factor.
We're renting so alterations should be limited to things our very charming landlords would appreciate.