When you live in the City like we do, you’re lucky if you have a fire escape on which to grow a potted plant or two. We are BEYOND lucky to share an actual backyard (it’s small, but it’s dirt nonetheless!) and a front stoop with our neighbors. I’m the only gardener among the group, so I get free reign when it comes to garden design.
After half a summer of arriving home to stoop planters filled with dried dirt and weeds, I decided it was finally time to beautify the front of our home. I went for a color combination of pink and green, in part to pick up on the pepto-bismol pink paint job on the brownstone across the street.
This house is actually somewhat well-known in the neighborhood. I can tell fellow Park Slopers that I live near “the pink house” and they know exactly what I’m talking about. Occasionally, we see tourists posing for photographs on the stoop!
For the planters at the bottom of the stoop, I chose pink petunias – pretty, bright, and hardy. We also brightened things up with a rainbow pinwheel that spins in the breeze – we have a tradition of buying a new $1 pinwheel each year at the Park Slope street festival on Father’s Day in memorial to my husband’s Dad, who was a gardener and loved bright, shiny garden decorations. The petunias are doing great so far – I just pinch off the wilted flower heads every morning as I leave the house and they keep producing new blooms!
For the planter at the top near the front door, I chose something a little more showy and with more height. This tropical trio planting includes pink begonias which will do well in the north-facing, mostly-shaded space. The stoop gets lovely dappled light all morning but is completely shaded by our building in the afternoon.
Here’s what the entrance to our house looks like:
What do you think? Does it seem to be saying “Hello, please come on in?”