How to garden anywhere On a driveway, atop a doghouse, up a wall — here's how to garden in small and unusual spaces Garden in a driveway Learn more about this driveway makeover Landscape architect Jeni Webber replaced this Palo Alto home’s solid driveway with two strips of concrete, leaving space for a tiny garden in the middle. Pinterest In salvaged shutters Twin shutters, each about 8 feet tall, bring a roomlike appeal to designer Baylor Chapman’s (lilabdesign.com) San Francisco deck. Tiny succulent rosettes peek out from openings between the slats. To hold the rootballs in place, Chapman stapled weed-cloth pockets behind each shutter. In the parking strip Learn how to reclaim a parking strip The parking strip—that patch of ground between the sidewalk and the street—is often a neglected no-man’s-land. However, the right plants can turn an eyesore into a treasured extension of your garden. In a posthole Learn more about the smallest park in the world This mini park in downtown Portland (planted in a spot meant for a lamp post) proves that there is no space too small for a garden. On a vertical garden tower Learn how to plant a vertical garden tower No room to garden? A vertical garden tower will give you plenty of space for edibles, and takes up very little room. Between pavers Learn more about how to plant edibles between pavers Randi Herman wanted to plant something unique between the pavers in her Berkeley backyard; instead of using predictable groundcovers she went for a mix of lettuces and beets. On a city roof Plants that grow on city rooftops need to be able to stand up to constant sunlight and harsh winds. Learn more about this hardy rooftop garden For this project, landscape designer Lauren Schneider mixed California natives that thrive in hot, dry conditions with plants that evolved in similar climates. On the patio Get step-by-step instructions Having fresh greens at your fingertips is one of the best parts of the growing season. And with a raised planter on the back patio, you can have a continual supply of salad greens nearly year-round. You can make one using a ready-made redwood window box from the nursery. Atop a doghouse Even Fido deserves a living roof. Designed by Stephanie Rubin, this doghouse is built of fragrant, Forest Stewardship Council–certified red cedar, assembled using nontoxic glue, and painted with pup-friendly pigments. The roof is waterproofed with beeswax and planted with native perennials. On a table How to make a tabletop garden Pasadena landscape architect Heather Lenkin came up with a simple way to make a tabletop garden. Follow her easy how-to for a living centerpiece of your own. In the air Looking for the ultimate low-maintenance houseplant? Tillandsias, also known as air plants, are native to tropical parts of the Americas, where they live without soil on trees and rocks. How to care for your air plant In a tray Irish moss and Scotch moss combine with lady's slipper orchids (Paphiopedilum) to form the illusion of a garden. A copper tray catches drips from terra-cotta pots with soft earth-tone glazes. Copper tray: 14 inches square; $26 from Smith & Hawken (800/981-9888). Terra-cotta pots: $16 - $50 from Bluestone Main (707/765-2024). In a frame Learn how to make your own framed succulent garden Instead of framing a picture, why not a whole garden? Here, cuttings of assorted succulents knit together to create colorful, textural living tapestries. On a birdfeeder Learn how to build a flowering birdfeeder This easy-to-assemble birdeeder is the perfect place to plant a miniature green roof. Groundcovers like moss, ivy, thyme, and small sedums will flourish in the shallow depth of the feeder’s roof. In a tiny spot If you don't have a lot of square footage for your garden, experiment with plants that don't take up a lot of space. Colonnade apple trees grow upright and extremely narrow. Learn more about this skinny apple tree In 4 square feet You can grow a lot in 4 square feet. This little patch of soil has been planted with tomatoes, basil, chives, and cucumbers. Learn how to grow veggies in 2-4 square feet In a chair This plant stand was once a chair. The project is easy to complete: Simply remove the seat, find a pot that fits, and paint the frame a bright, fun color. Get more information on how to make your own plant stand In a Woolly Pocket Learn how to design a modern hanging plant display Try a modern take on traditional hanging baskets with a wall of these Woolly Pockets. Since they’re lined with moisture barriers, you don’t have to worry about leaking. In a front-yard bench When landscape archtitect Pamela Palmer designed these stylish planter boxes, she wanted them to be attractive and functional. Each one has enough room for plenty of fruits and veggies as well as covered storage space at the ends that doubles as seating. Learn more about these planter benches Up a wall Get step-by-step instructions to build this trellis A trellis can make even the plainest space look beautiful. Build a number of these trellis panels and attach them to the side of your home for the most elegant effect. In glass Learn how to garden in a glass Plant a tiny cactus or bromeliad in a glass vase and you have an instant sculpture. The only additional materials you need are some polished stones and a small container. In stacked pots This two-tiered container garden holds a selection of basic herbs. Trailers and fillers ― chives, rosemary, and thyme―tumble over the edges of the bottom pot (about 24 inches wide). Dwarf purple and sweet basils grow in the top pot (about 16 inches wide) with thyme filling in around the edges. To keep potted herbs healthy fertilize and water them regularly. Up an arbor Here’s an inventive way to grow squashes and melons in a small space. Growing these vining edibles on an arbor instead of along the ground saves a lot of space. Next, see how the melons grow. Up an arbor: Melons Learn more about growing squash and melon on arbors Because of their weight, the melons are supported by nylon strips. In a mini beach Get our step-by-step instructions If you yearn for the beach but live miles inland, you can re-create the look easily in a pot. You'll need a low, wide pot, potting soil, 3 small, slow-growing plants, sand, and a few small beachy items (like driftwood). Behind a bench Get more ideas from this amazing cottage makeover Homeowner and artist Michael Shemchuck created this look on a small patio by growing a young espaliered fig against a dark exterior wall. The bench is really a metal-framed daybed. On rocky ground Learn more about Moore's seascape garden Jeff Moore, owner of Solana Succulents nursery, created this scene at the Quail Botanical Gardens in Encinitas, California. To get an underwater feel, he stacked lava rocks and planted succulents that mimic marine plants and creatures. In an ornament This tiny terrarium would make a great gift. The 5-inch globe contains its own little garden, which your special someone can marvel over (while thinking of you) every day. Plants are included. $25; www.floragrubbgardens.com On a coffee table Learn how to recreate this mini bog While not your typical houseplants, a trio of potted miniature water plants looks unbelievably lush displayed on a coffee table. On the roof Learn how to start an easy green roof Architect Roy Hellwig wanted a simple way to grow a green roof. Instead of trying a weighty–and costly–planted garden, he got the look with lightweight moss, which requires no added infrastructure or maintenance. In an umbrella stand See how to make this umbrella stand planter Strong wind is no friend to most patio umbrellas, but it would take a hurricane to budge this setup. The umbrella rises from a sleeve centered in a flowerpot that’s filled with three layers of material: a bottom layer of lava rock to hold the sleeve in place, a center layer of concrete for extra rigidity, and a top layer of planting mix. When there’s no need for shade, just lift out the umbrella—the plants should mask the sleeve. On a walkway Threadleaf Japanese maple (Acer palmatum ‘Seiryu’) towers over red-leafed ‘Little John’ azalea, variegated ivy, and abelia in a 2- by 4-foot rectangular black zinc container. Because it’s long and thin, it fits perfectly on a walkway.