A lovely twist to the usually forboding and odorous gaping deadspace.
Tethered giants in Shibuya backstreet.
An easy hanging garden created by hanging a light planter from a tree branch.
Affixing small hangers and substantial brackets to increase the plant population.
S-hook and hanger on powerpole climbing peg makes for a stable hanging garden.
Cramped balconies nurture lush microclimates
Simple and novel solution.
A bit of life and color in a tight inner-city driveway.
That’s a lot of flowers for one tiny space.
A great way to create extra gardening space without encroaching on the narrow street or cramped inner courtyard.
A stable and designerly solution
Horizontal garden hanging on a laundry pole.
Chains and hooks and nails and pots….
City infrastructure fosters independent green.
A chance encounter up high.
Beautiful, out of control hobby.
Everyday driveway gardening.
All the apartments have nets, perhaps to deter birds, yet few are so well used.
I love the variety of plants, and the way the garden adds onto what is already there.
Bricks and all kinds of junk.
Shade, food, community.
Recycled and simple materials, like plastic sacks as container pots
Dead space becomes a place of relaxation and rejuvenation.
Permanence of impermanent structure; Relaxed hiding space; Natural cooling; Shade.
Humble color + striking feature.
Laundry pole + clothes hangers in Omotesando
Molded to the edge of the plot.
Flexible, tiered, lithe.
Ample plant growth in the most minimal of urban spaces
Simple, robust, flexible
Another only-in-Tokyo street beauty
Prolific and generous Tokyo gardener Joan Bailey is documenting her new and improved green curtain.
Family blog documenting a green curtain.
A lovely family gardening experiment
Footpath facing tiered gardens & plot.
Wire twisted into pot plant holders to decorate roadside residential fencing.
Untended bicycle parking bay results in lush unintentional green roof.
the wall uses minimal space to provide a green corridor
Car port hanging garden constructed from modified hangers
An interesting take on the classic balcony-supported green curtain.
Transferring the principles of the Tokyo curbside garden a few meters skyward.
Precarious yet thoughtful, this construction does not intrude into the narrow thoroughfare any further than the curb line.
A mysterious and slightly foreboding balcony jungle in Yanaka.
this hanging pot relies on an S-hook to attach itself to the existing built environment
Space for gardening more important that private transport in a leafy Tokyo suburb.
Hanging planter space 3m above a Yanaka alley.
Is this a new trend? I am looking forward to watching these plants grow this summer.
A simple solution for a hanging garden on a narrow Yanaka footpath.
Unplanned and hectic but built up slowly over many years. Temporary in form and materials but not in presence.
A cute pocket garden constructed from waste materials.
There’s no shame in tying a few pots up on your wall with a bit of old rope!
Precarious hanging gardens one step back from Tokyo’s fashion district.
Strategic pot plant placement creates a makeshift green wall in Shibuya.
External piping engaged as potplant holder in central Harajuku.
“Very cute outdoor shelving for plants. Like book shelves”
Covering a Tokyo building with lavender plants, or creating small lavender city farms . . .
Planters on planters.
It’s great to see people make use of work time and space for some vegetable gardening.
Coffee shop owner appropriates dead space, fence and creeper to create green lane.
I wasn’t sure if it was an intentional plant
Amazing first-time goya curtain
this narrow Nishi Azabu Juban bar is defined by the curbside street tree
Most people would think there’s no room for a garden
A baby bitter melon in the rain, with its flower still attached
Nearly all of the pots rests on stools or low tables
Sometimes just 2 hedges = beautiful garden
sidewalk awning with minimal space and maintenance, impacts thousands coming to ward office
It’s amazing what you can fit in a sunny narrow space.
High hanging pots in wire
I needed a telescope to get a REALLY good look, which would have felt a bit like being a garden stalker….
The inside must be filled with delicious scent of the roses and feel miles away from the city life just outside the door.
Creeping greens in Yutenji
Who needs a yard?!
Selfmade “vertical garden” courtesy of Jan Lindenberg
This small building in a Shinjuku commercial district is buried in vines
The planting is amazingly thick, creating a green wall between the sidewalk and the large boulevard. . .
I am surprised at the success of this vertical, balcony watermelon
Dead space along the railway tracks in productive and enjoyable use
These recent pictures documenting the progress of Tak Watanabe and daughter’s first green wall are amazing.
Bitter melon growing in plastic buckets with an elaborate plastic twine trellis supported by a tree branch
Another great example of multi-function outdoor spaces that are incredibly small
Upturned beer crates form the structure of this mid-scale tiered garden in a Yanaka driveway.
As their name implies, the flowers are most spectacular in the morning.
Sometimes objects just fit.
Cucumbers grow incredibly fast
It covers the window, and dwarfs in size the adjacent vending machine
A green curtain from the inside.
Grapes are a feature fruit in Tokyo, from the inner-city to the outer suburbs.
From my vantage point on the 5th floor of an Aoyama Dori office building I check on the progress of a number of rooftop gardens which are invisible from down below…..
This corner balcony must have 40 or even 100 plants. I wonder what it looks like from inside the apartment.
Laying the foundations for a summer green wall.
Flowers as exuberant storefront!
Ways to wire your hanging garden.
A simple twine structure connecting the railing with the laundry support attached to the balcony ceiling.
A very green wall constructed from planters and Pots
Adding a pot-plant garden with wire and wood.
Plastic twine creates space for extra hanging pot-plants.
A clever solution for creating a hanging garden along a breeze block wall without damaging/affecting the structure in any permanent way.
Large plastic laundry hook serves as support for a large hanging planter.
A single vine originates from the right side of the front of the building……..
Even mundane structures come alive when we let nature colonize our habitat.
So many people think that all they can plant are simple flower boxes, when vertical solutions can be so much more lush and interesting….