Today we’re visiting with Hylton Jolliffe to see a cool new project.
We’ve got a smallish urban garden in Jamaica Plain, a wonderful neighborhood of Boston. With space at a premium, both inside and outside of the house, and no garage or even off-street parking available and a desire to not be banging our walls, doors, and furniture when pulling our bikes out to be used, we wanted to create a bike “garage” outside our front door that could also be put to used in other ways.
Hence the creation of our new 3-foot by 16-foot shed that includes two lockable bays for our bikes, kids’ playthings, and gardening tools, and an open bay for trash and recycling bins.
The whole thing is topped by a 10-inch-deep bed that effectively functions as a large container planter.
We’ve also been able to piggyback the existing sprinkler system and run a soaking hose up and through the bed, which is lined and slightly sloped to the left and back to allow drainage.
Among the plants in this bed and the two beds across and in front of the shed are creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’, Zones 3–9), astilbe, heuchera, hosta, various mosses, hakone grass (Hakonechloa macra, Zones 5–9), and more.
In addition to a pleasant backyard that includes a bluestone patio, we’ve got vegetable patches, a blueberry bush cluster, roses, and a front yard that includes a Little Free Library as well as a companion initiative that’s gotten a bit of traction and been picked up by others: a “Little Free Herbary”—a front-yard bed of herbs such as oregano, chives, rosemary, and parsley that are offered up to neighbors and passersby.
We’ve just wrapped up the construction and planting of the shed and are loving the way it looks as well as the function it serves and, of course, the way the garden looks.
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