September 18, 2021

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Tiny Side-Yard Makeover

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My name is Kerry and I live in Portland, Oregon. When I moved into my home eight years ago, the small side yards consisted of concrete and a chain-link fence. Over time, my husband and I replaced the fence and added green. We love our small garden!

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsA world of difference in this small space!

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsOn the north side we painted gutters and window boxes and hung them on the fence. Here the strawberries growing in the painted gutters are beginning to produce.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsThe catmint (Nepeta × faassenii, Zones 4–8) growing in the window boxes on the fence is beautiful, and the hummingbirds and bees enjoy it too!

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsWe planted a variety of succulents on the ground along the fence, which we divide as they grow. (This looks like it might be purple ice plant: Delosperma cooperi, Zones 5–9).

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsOn the south side we built planter boxes, where we grow vegetables, herbs, and flowers. We added rain barrels for watering during Oregon’s dry summers.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsTo maximize growing space, we used hanging baskets, containers, and trellises. I enjoy all of the colors and scents as I walk by.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsA nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus, annual) is in one of the hanging baskets.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc Blogs‘Mr. Lincoln’ rose is a classic variety famous for its rich dark red color, beautiful shape, and strong fragrance.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsWe lined part of the fence with a small espalier apple tree. The tree is grafted so that each of the three rows is a different variety of apple. Our dog’s favorite is the Honeycrisp! (Want to learn more about making espaliers? Check out this article.)

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsWe painted a wooden pallet, planted it with succulents, and positioned it on the back of the fence. The succulents spread to the surrounding area as well.

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