Cocktail Hour Garden Recipe #1

Aug 12, 2016 | Gardens

A Container Garden for Balconies or Small Patios

Not everyone has room for extensive flower, herb and veggie gardens but that doesn’t mean that you can’t have a Cocktail Hour Garden anyway. Here is a recipe for some plants to grow in pots for a small space evening garden.

Lemon verbena is one of my must-have plants. It can be used in beverages, and just picking a sprig and sniffing it is the definition of aromatherapy.

Lemon verbena is one of my must-have plants. It can be used in beverages, and just picking a sprig and sniffing it is the definition of aromatherapy.

Another herb for the small Cocktail Hour Garden is Lemon Basil. Fragrant, tasty and resistant to Basil Downy Mildew, not to mention compact and pretty in a pot.

Another herb for the small Cocktail Hour Garden is Lemon Basil. Fragrant, tasty and resistant to Basil Downy Mildew, not to mention compact and pretty in a pot.

If you grow a Meyer Lemon in a pot you'll have highly fragrant flowers in the evenings and lemons later on. This plant needs to come inside in cold climates.

If you grow a Meyer Lemon in a pot you’ll have highly fragrant flowers in the evenings and lemons later on. This plant needs to come inside in cold climates.

Every Cocktail Hour Garden needs a hummingbird magnet. I recommend Salvia 'Black and Blue.'

Every Cocktail Hour Garden needs a hummingbird magnet. I recommend Salvia ‘Black and Blue.’

Once you have fragrance, taste and hummingbirds covered, go for beauty. I love how Oregano 'Kent Beauty' looks in a container or as garnish in a glass.

Once you have fragrance, taste and hummingbirds covered, go for beauty. I love how Oregano ‘Kent Beauty’ looks in a container or as garnish in a glass.

And what would a container garden be without some flower power?  This year I planted Evka cascading geraniums (3) with 2 Supertunia Vista Fuchsia petunias. On the trellis are Eccremocarpus scaber 'Pink Lemonade' and a cardinal climber  Ipomoea x multifida to attract more hummingbirds.

And what would a container garden be without some flower power? This year I planted Evka cascading geraniums (3) with 2 Supertunia Vista Fuchsia petunias. On the trellis are Eccremocarpus scaber ‘Pink Lemonade’ and a cardinal climber Ipomoea x multifida to attract more hummingbirds.

Need more suggestions? Go to the source!

The Cocktail Hour Garden Book

The Cocktail Hour Garden Book

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