Buffalo Garden DIY

A purposeful gutter garden

A mini project for this summer.

I’m gonna’ do it.

Winter is when I think up all these projects I want to do in the summer. Now is when I’m itching to get things done.

I saw this “gutter garden” in the Ryan garden on the Ken-Ton Garden Tour and during our Tours of Open Gardens on Thursdays and Fridays in July. This garden is truly one of the most creative in the area, it’s definitely one of my favorites. It’s chock full of ideas.

This garage is just outside the garden fence and doesn’t get as much attention as the spectacular garden inside, which I covered in a post here.

But this gutter garden has intrigued me, and I love to steal ideas. I did ask gardener Michael about it – it doesn’t wash away with rain. Watering’s a breeze, since you just have to spray the roof and it all ends up in the gutter.

IMG_7924The gutter I have in mind is on our back porch roof, which covers the hot tub, and faces the deck where we spend the most amount of time. It gets plenty of sun.There is a tree on one end, but I can trim that back a bit. I’ll throw some weed barrier to stop the soil from draining out on the one end with the drain.

Wish me luck.

Jim Charlier is an advertising designer/photographer/crafter with a serious gardening problem. He's co-written a garden design book featuring the funky, quirky and fun gardens by the gardeners of Buffalo titled "Buffalo-Style Gardens: Create a Quirky, One-of-a-Kind Private Garden with Eye-Catching Designs" (BuffaloStyleGardens.com); he writes a long-standing garden blog (ArtofGardening.org); led the largest garden tour in America, Garden Walk Buffalo; has written for, or provided photography for dozens of magazines and books; has made presentations and participated in panel discussions on garden design and garden tourism nationally and internationally.

2 comments on “A purposeful gutter garden

  1. Love this idea!!! Might have to try it too.💕


  2. What a fantastic idea … if you don’t mind having moisture get under the shingles to rot out your roof. And if you don’t mind a great entry point for insects , and if you don’t mind the weight of the soil and plants pulling down the gutters…uh.. “planters.


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