Posted on May 18, 2011
Knotweed (Polygonum capitatum) is considered a weed in San Francisco because it’ll take over a garden. I wouldn’t advise planting it in a yard but look how great it looks when it grows in cracks in the sidewalk:
It’s invasive in natural areas but it seems like it couldn’t spread far if it’s surrounded by concrete. I’d hesitate to plant it but probably wouldn’t rip it out if I found a situation like this one.
Posted on May 17, 2011
Posted on May 16, 2011
Posted on May 10, 2011
Spring hits at the California native garden in the SF botanical garden . . .
It’s definitely not a small garden but the same planting scheme can be used in a smaller – but still sunny – space. My neighbors planted a mostly CA native meadow along their strip of sidewalk that looks great every spring.
Posted on May 4, 2011
This is a concrete wall in the SF Botanical Garden made to look like ancient layers of stone by lining the inside of a form with tinfoil and pouring multiple layers of concrete, each with a different texture and color.
Very cool way to add interest to what otherwise could have been a boring garden wall.
Posted on April 23, 2011
I just helped Mission Pie finish up the first phase of their sidewalk replanting at 25th and Mission in San Francisco. I’ll post more photos soon but missionlocal.org has some here: http://missionlocal.org/2011/04/a-garden-grows-at-mission-pie/
Posted on March 22, 2011
This is one of the most creative and interesting gardens I have ever seen. It’s a bunch of jade and aloe cuttings stuck into red painted plastic containers and aluminum cans. The plants have a reddish hue and the combination against the blue is incredible. Cheap, bold, compact, recycled, creative and on top of all that it’s all on a tiny plot covered with concrete. Maybe not classy but definitely beautiful in its own way. The dripping rust stains even work.