Urban Terrace- Plant options

shawncon5July 26, 2013

In the coming weeks my husband and I are being relocated to Dallas. I have lived in the Northeast most of my life and have over time established multiple gardens on our 1.5 acre lot. I have a wonderful job at a local nursery where I plant seasonal gardens for our customers who don't want to do their own. I am heartbroken to be leaving our "home" and my job.

We are keeping our home in NJ and renting an apartment in Uptown with a 4ft by 19 ft balcony! As I transition into a whole new gardening zone, can anyone suggest some hardy but beautiful plants/trees I could use in 2 large planters I plan to put in our very limited outdoor space? Also, can you suggest the best garden centers in the Uptown area. Many thanks in advance for your suggestions.

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rock_oak_deer(8b TX)

You might want to check out Cindy's blog FW Dirt. She gardens at an urban loft in Fort Worth. Before moving to Ft. Worth Cindy worked for one of the best nurseries in Texas where she taught classes on container gardening. Urban gardening is her focus now.

Here is a link that might be useful: FW Dirt Blog

    Bookmark   July 26, 2013 at 5:43PM
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I moved to TX in 2008 for grad school and have done a lot of container gardening. What direction does your balcony face/how much sun will your plants be subjected to? That will be important to know what will grow best.

For aesthetics, plants like Mexican heather, Passiflora, Plumeria, and dwarf lilly of the nile have worked well in containers for me.

For functionality, I've had a lot of success with herbs of almost all kinds, okra, peppers, and tomatoes (with a bit of work). Basil and oregano have been particularly great for me in the TX heat/sun.

Best of luck to you and your future container gardens!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2013 at 10:29PM
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Thank you to both MNtoTX and Rock Oak Deer-
I will most definitey check out FW Dirt. Our terrace is North facing. The interior of the apartment is tremendously bright with 11.5 ft ceilings and many full walls of glass. So besides our woefully inadaquate outdoor space, I will have lots of options for indoor planting that I could never have done in the Northeast. (note: I am trying to find the silver lining to this move). I love many interesting non-flowering plants and am hoping to grow ferns, caladium and fiddleleaf figs indoors. Any thoughts?

    Bookmark   July 30, 2013 at 1:16PM
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