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  • Hi there! I'm Stefanie, blogger behind Brooklyn Limestone where I chronicle the adventures of striving to live a well-designed life under the roof of a 100-year old townhouse in New York. Focusing on 'real life' design, Brooklyn Limestonefeatures renovation stories, decor, and design advice, DIY tutorials, entertaining tips, organizing ideas, travel inspiration, and more.

    After what feels like a particularly long winter, spring has finally sprung in the city!  With the longer days and warmer temps, comes an itching desire to bring a little bit of life into my living space. While I daydream about having lots of space to plant elaborate vegetable gardens and a fabulous greenhouses, reality reminds me that I only have a few square feet of concrete in which to play.  Instead, I'll try to make the most of my urban jungle with a few manageable potted plants.

    Familiar to anyone living in my area is the ubiquitous stoop garden. A few brightly flowering plants here make the entryway feel more welcoming and fresh but it's not just for the passersby.
  • Despite its diminutive size, row housers make the most of this space by sipping their morning coffee and chatting with neighbors while perched on the steps.  Once in a great while, the stoop garden that overflows with beautiful flowers and greenery will inspire other less talented in the ways of mother nature to install their own. Many of us black thumb city dwellers try to master it and fail.  (Ok, so maybe I'm the only one with a collection of dead plants at the end of the season?  I admit it, I'm a plant serial killer.).
  • This year, the plan was simple. A few potted perennials mixed with my favorite spring annual to make my very own stoop garden.
  • After selecting several footed urns to line the upper steps, I got my hands dirty. The shape of these vessels help to make the area feel less crowded than traditional pots.

    Their shape also allowed me to tuck in a couple of small white pots in between to break up the stone look.  The final touch was a ceramic gnome just to lighten up the look.  A simple project that pays off every time I walk out the door.

    Will these poor plants make it?  Only time will tell.

    - Stefanie
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