Fitting nicely with the topic “plants on the ground,” here are more plant photos from Japan recently posted on Flickr by regular UPR contributor Marko. We already posted one picture that he sent from the road, showing a driveway lined with window boxes of houseplants. The new pictures confirm that the ground, sidewalk and streets in front of houses is a common habitat for potted plants in Kyoto. Above, seedlings multiply in repurposed ramen cups, while street-art giraffes look on. Read on for more pictures…
Of course, it comes as no surprise that a Kyoto flower shop would pack the sidewalk out front with plants for sale, from pansies to chrysanthemums and hanging plants. This is a common sight in front of flower shops around the world.
Here, however, it’s a restaurant that has organized such a display, not to sell plants, but simply to create a lush garden atmosphere despite the lack of soil on their completely bricked-over front step.
Indeed, the pattern continues in front of this tea and coffee shop, in a more improvised, piled-up arrangement of bricks, tubs, pots, tables, trees, hanging planters, vines and shrubs.
Marko points out that these planters seem more organized and linear, following the straight lines of the geometric building behind them.
What all these ad hoc gardens appear to have in common is creators who love each and every plant and can’t help themselves from adding more and more.
Do you know any notable container gardens? I’ve been keeping notes on a few and will be doing more container garden posts in the coming weeks, so please send any photos, addresses or links you may have!
For more photos from Japan, please visit Marko’s Flickr page.