Two friends, Rebecca Sweet and Susan Morrison, have teamed up to create a fun new gardening book, Garden Up!: Smart Vertical Gardening for Small and Large Spaces. Their publisher kindly sent me a review copy, but I would have bought the book anyway for the design concepts and beautiful photographs. From the cover you can see Garden Up! will be beautiful and engaging. Because I love climbing roses and the vines that twine, I am all about gardening vertically.
Susan and Rebecca take this concept to a whole new level with vertical plantings, vines, living walls, and other methods to raise your garden awareness.
I’m excited the first chapter was all about outdoor trellises and arbors. I have five arbors in my back garden, and I’m considering building another one to lead into the potager. If so, I’ll need to get Bill on board. Perhaps, I should show him their book? There is good information on where to place these beauties and how to incorporate them into garden design where they will best show off their visual appeal.
With pictures and their clear writing, they explain and solve design problems like screening an unattractive view (of a neighbor’s property perhaps?). Dealing with that skinny space next to most suburban homes where nothing, but a vine will grow. Focal points are shown and explained. I found one photo especially cute. It appears to be a variegated ivy wall, with accents of vintage watering cans. So cute.
I also enjoyed the use of color within the book to highlight an area, or to draw the eye away from an eyesore. I do love color.
Large, vertical pots with tall slim trees are another way to garden up. When you live in an urban space, you need to use every liveable space you have to make your garden, and Susan and Rebecca have plenty of ideas. I loved the DIY projects, and I’m inspired by the succulent wall art. In fact, I think I’ll make a succulent wreath and write about it for Lowe’s.
For those who don’t have in-ground veggie garden space, a pocketed wall of vegetables is another project. I can also see this as an herb garden right outside the kitchen. Just snip off a bit of rosemary and make something good even better. You may have watched Jamie Durie’s new season of The Outdoor Room, and if so, you’ve seen vertical walls on several shows made with Woolly Pockets. One thing I always wondered about Woolly Pockets is how I would keep them watered in a hot and dry landscape like Oklahoma. I’d definitely need a drip irrigation system to run behind the pockets, and I’d want them in a lighter color than black. Uh oh, I can see another project coming on.
As you can see, this book, like its creators, is full of inspiration and fun, fun, fun.