Outdoors

Take a Look: An Urban Balcony Garden

Remember to look up...

Poised above a busy New York street is this small wrought-iron balcony bursting with summer annuals, a sign of an apartment dweller who adores and needs flowers. Down below, one out of a dozen passersby looks up and smiles.

This urban garden reminds us that we need not over-analyze our plant choices. I can't identify every plant up there, apart from the obvious handful of sunny marigolds and a probable wisteria vine. But the spotlight in this aerie shines upon the fragrant heads of an often overlooked and overused flower: Petunia. Garden geeks may shun them as being too commonplace while new, wary, or by-rote gardeners buy them by the tray-load year in and year out, which makes the garden geeks sigh. But these flowers are hardy creatures. They're charming when planted with a keen eye for color, forgiving of neglect, and unexpectedly perfumed at night.
 
By 66 Square Feet (Photo Credit: Marie Viljoen)

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