A recent move has landed me in a cute Brooklyn apartment with — gasp! — a little outdoor space on a roofdeck. It’s all concrete and covered in astroturf, though, so I’m hoping to plant a bit out there to make it feel a little more cozy.
Since I’ve never had outdoor space, I need help. I’ve got a dozen large pots (those ones that are about 10-14" in diameter across the top, maybe a foot and half high) and am ready to head to the nursery/gardening store around the corner.
They’ll get partial sun — there’s a short wall around the edges, but no trees or buildings overhead to obscure afternoon sun.
Once I had a houseplant, but I killed it somehow — it was too sad! So it’s important that whatever I plant is easy to maintain and fairly robust. I’m not attached to whether there are flowers or greenery or both; I do think it would be fun to have some kind of herb out there, but I fear that’s overly ambitious.
So: what are your favorite, easy-to-maintain potted plants? And are there any killer tips that I need to keep them happy and green through the summer… Any and all advice is appreciated!
Thanks! Brooklyn Rooftop
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.