Garden Consults + Citrus Therapy

Labrador tea, rhododendron, basil, tea plant and bay on our current terrace

Garden Consults

I offer garden and citrus advice through in-person visits or virtually.

If you would like to learn what plants will thrive in your outdoor space, my garden consults range from site visits to meet your space, to reviewing photos and info you send me (the latter can take longer, since in-person is more efficient). Once I understand the conditions and what you would like, I either create a detailed plant list for you or accompany it with a schematic design. I have an intense interest in what grows where, and in plants that work hard (edible and ornamental is a compelling combination). Native gardens, edible kitchen gardens, fruit gardens, pollinator gardens. The possibilities are endless. 

Fingerlime on our windowsill

Citrus Therapist

For citrus: If you grow or would like to grow citrus in pots, you may want some citrus support. Citrus trees that migrate indoors for winter are high maintenance, sometimes vexing, but very rewarding. I grow makrut (Thai) limes, fingerlime, Meyer lemon and yuzu. (Also galangal, cardamom, myoga and and sand ginger - subtropical and tropical herbs that can be excellent houseplants).

We can chat via email or a phone call, or I can visit your tree.
 
My Own Gardens

While I have designed dozens of city gardens for clients (in my previous life as fulltime garden designer), my own four New York City gardens have been created from bare bones on modest budgets, in four very different spaces. 

Cobble Hill (the original 66 square feet)

Our Cobble Hill Terrace was tiny, east-facing and open to the sky. The floor was shaded, the edges baked in the sun. We grew strawberries and blueberries, and a fig. Every imaginable herb and many roses. On the roof itself there was a container-only farm where I grew tomatoes and peppers, eggplant and peas, fava beans and black raspberries.

Harlem

In Harlem our 400 square foot terrace was south-facing but hemmed in by tall buildings. Shade, then hot sun in the middle of the day, then shade again. Challenging. We grew hedges of lablab and purple pole beans, gloriosa lilies and scarlet runners (for privacy and humming birds), scented tobacco plants, malabar spinach, blueberries, lilies and very, very many other things, too. See the Harlem Terrace tag and #ourharlemterrace on Instagram for more.

Carroll Gardens

In Carroll Gardens we faced north, but the 1,000 square feet of ground-floor garden enjoyed full day sun in summer, before disappearing into deep shade from fall through spring. Also, lead in the soil. I learned how to ameliorate the lead to grow vegetables safely. It can be done. 

                                         Carroll Gardens with just-cut flowers

We had many shrubs, lots of native plants, and grew hedges of garlic. Also saffron. And there were hordes of ground floor mosquitoes! See Instagram #1stPlaceBK and the 1st Place tag here, for more.

The Windsor Terrace

Our current garden is a terrace again, about 110 square feet large. It has all-morning sun from mid spring to early fall, and gets hit by high winds at a western corner. I grow prickly ash, Labrador tea, rhododendron, roses, black raspberry, alliums, lilies, and lots of hyssop (bees love it). Plus a revolving cast of herbs and flowers, and always leaving space for the citrus pots to migrate outdoors, again. On Instagram search for #thewindsorterrace and here use the Windsor Terrace tag.


Moral of the Story?

A good gardener requires the presence of the gardener! Keep gardening.

Rates upon inquiry.

Please get in touch via at myviljoen (at) gmail (dot) com