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Yes, you can garden if you rent!

Alana Muhlberger shows us not only how to grow a fabulous garden if you rent, but how to take it with you when you move! No excuses for not giving gardening a try!

"I've been signed up for GPOD for a couple of years now and am always so inspired. Here are a few pictures from two rentals in Columbus Ohio, last year and this year. I feel so lucky I've been able to garden without yet owning my own property. The first garden was completely dug up and transplanted to my new place last November, and then I doubled the size this spring in my new, much larger yard."

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    meander_michaele 07/10/2015

    Alana, there can be no've got the fever and are on fire with gardening talent and passion. I am so impressed with the abundance and variety of your flowers and other plant mind is boggled with how much you have accomplished in such a short amount of time. Your birdhouse is a beautiful piece of ornamentation...I love its charming shape and patina. Thanks for being such an inspiration and sharing your garden with us.

  2. perenniallycrazy 07/10/2015

    Gorgeous garden and wonderful plant choices and ornamentation Alana! Your landlord should give you a discount for maintaining the property so beautifully.

  3. NCYarden 07/10/2015

    This is to be celebrated. Garden wherever and however you can. Alana your gardens are admirable - great combinations and variety, and even portability! A tremendous boost to the property as well. I'm with P Craz - you deserve some reimbursement. Keep going, please. Thanks for sharing

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 07/10/2015

    Great job, Alana! Really a great combination of annuals and perennials. We've certainly gotten plenty of moisture for lush gardens this year in Columbus, haven't we?! You've gotten me thinking about portability. There's hardly a plant in my garden that hasn't been moved at least once or divided and spread around, so why not move them to a new home altogether? Of course I almost killed a Spigelia last week when I tried to move it while it is blooming.....Lesson learned!

  5. user-4691082 07/10/2015

    Alana, you've created a luscious outdoor space. I love the weigelia. Your colors are so cheerful, I'm sure everyone wants to hang out at your place in the summer! Great job!

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    gringopeligroso 07/10/2015

    I'm glad to see your passion hasn't taken back seat to circumstances!! I, too, was a rented space gardener for many, many years, You are fortunate that you have a bit of ground to work!! I survived working for many years in a little town called Dallas in the North Texas Metroplex, but was relegated to apartments for most all of those years. My gardens in each were containerized but lush and even slightly exotic bordering on exuberant!! My friends said they could always pick my address out by my gardens on the patios and front door stoops! I relocated/upgraded so many times that I swear I was contemplating having a bumper sticker made which would've read: "Have Garden: Will Travel." I'll echo the words of the intro from Susan: "There's no excuse." It's more work, perhaps, but colouring outside the box almost always is; and twice as exciting!!
    I, too, LOVE the Birdhouse/weigelia photo! Nice Capture!!

  7. NWAgardener 07/10/2015

    Alana - You are proof positive that a garden makes a house a home. Lovely and inspiring!

    1. perenniallycrazy 07/15/2015

      Good morning NWAgardener. Hope the summer is splendid wherever you may be. Sharing this awesome link with you: Please drop by and say hello to the blogger - she will so thrilled you did. Take care, C.

  8. annek 07/10/2015

    My hat's off to you! I am so impressed that you have kept your gardening passion alive, no matter the rental circumstances. Lovely variety and gorgeous plant combinations make for some great photos this morning. The birdhouse and wiegela photo is to die for!

  9. GrannyCC 07/10/2015

    Alana it shows that if there is a will there is a way! I have seen portable garden in pots but what you have done is amazing. Thankfully you must have understanding landlords.

  10. ILfarmersdaughter 07/10/2015

    Hi Alana, I love all your beautiful flowers. I agree that after caring and nurturing our plants they are almost family ha, so alot you take with you and some you leave behind. What a great idea to take them with you. Your flowers are bursting with color and I love your combinations. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Cenepk10 07/10/2015

    Brava !!! Alana !! So pretty. Not to mention- your beauty goes with you !

  12. Nurserynotnordstroms 07/10/2015

    Beautiful and very inspiring for all and especially those who rent and still have a love for gardening. I love the weigelia and copper birdhouse,I was just given two weigelia so I cant wait to plant them.

  13. Meelianthus 07/10/2015

    Alana ~ Your flower choices and colors are just wonderful. So vibrant and beautiful. What a wonderful job you have done with your gardens -proof that renters can live their gardening dreams also. Thanks for sharing your great talents!

  14. NevadaSue 07/10/2015

    Alana, taking the garden with you is work but so worth it. I also did that when I moved about 7 yrs. ago. I'm always grateful for the plants I drag along to a new home. I was wondering what the plant is in the 5th picture down against the fence behind the morning glory. The one with the interesting lobed leaves. I love the shape of the leaves but don't think I have ever seen this plant. Thank you for sharing your beautiful garden with us. :)

  15. user-7007140 07/12/2015

    Hi Alana, What a treat to see all your flowers blooming. Clever you to design a portable garden! I am glad you shared this with us. I,too, rented for a while when living in military accommodation and always managed to garden. As all our neighbors were in the same situation we managed to be quite creative, too.
    Good luck anywhere you go.

  16. wGardens 07/13/2015

    Fabulous! I admire your determination and talents! Great job- wonderful plants and combinations. And love that birdhouse, too!

    1. perenniallycrazy 07/15/2015

      Good morning Margaret. Hope you are enjoying these summer months wherever you maybe. I highly recommend you visit this sight and send the blogger a warm hello: Enjoy! Regards, C.

      1. wGardens 07/15/2015

        Oh, thank you so much! I did check it out. Great! Somehow, I missed info on what Michelle is doing now.

  17. perenniallycrazy 07/15/2015

    Good morning Diane. Hope you are enjoying summer where you are. I am betting my bottom dollar that you will love this link: (and the blogger will be so glad you visited too.) Regards. C

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