"From selection of plants to illustrations of how to lay it all out, beginning and experienced gardeners alike will find plenty of inspiration." (Kylee Baumle, Horticulture Magazine)
"Popular blogger Fern Richardson at Lifeonthebalcony.com knows all about attaining some big style in small spaces. Yes, you can do it all - attract wildlife, grow food, become one with your inner-nature-lover and work with limited lighting on porches, balconies and other small areas. " (Cindy McNatt, The Orange County Register)
“Ideas to help patio gardens look polished and planned.” —Chicago Tribune
“Offers a generous list of funky containers.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“Packs a great deal of information in a small space.” —Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Walks you through beautifying a small space, such as a balcony, porch, patio or small yard, even on a tight budget.” —Horticulture
“Shares a whole host of ideas for transforming even the tiniest of spaces into something special.” —Apartment Therapy
“The best book on balcony gardening on the market today. I highly recommend this book to all small space gardeners (novice or expert).” —The Real Gardener
“Yes, you can do it all—attract wildlife, grow food, become one with your inner-nature-lover, and work with limited lighting on porches, balconies, and other small areas.” —Orange County Register
“It’s packed with gorgeous photographs—making it pleasant to browse through for quick inspiration. The author’s real-life take on small-space gardening makes reading the full text worthwhile.” —Fort Worth Examiner
“Shows us how to have an enviable garden without the acreage.” —Curbly.com
“A beautifully written and designed book.” —NaturesFootprint.com
“Whether you’re planning a small container garden or want to beautify your backyard, this book is full of helpful tips for beginning gardeners.” —Greenupgrader.com
From the Back Cover
Chances are your balcony, porch, or patio could use a major makeover. Fern Richardson, charismatic creator of the blog Life on the Balcony, is here to walk you through the process of beautifying a small space—even when your budget is just as small.
This exciting guide layers practical gardening fundamentals with creative solutions that encourage thinking outside the pot. Maybe this means repurposing a shipping pallet to create a colorful vertical garden of nasturtiums and lobelia. Or simply seeing walls, rafters, railings, and everything in between as fair game. You'll also learn how to tackle unique challenges, like windy conditions when gardening several stories above street level, and how to care for plants and troubleshoot with the best of them.
From design basics to essential plant picks, Small-Space Container Gardens proves you don't need a yard to have a garden. For anyone who wants more green in their life, it's time to get out there and start growing.