This new feature is designed to inspire you to look at the world around you, to take note of the season at hand and to capture it – in memory or on film – for posterity. I will be choosing five photos each week for with this aim in mind. We’re calling the feature, The Five Most Beautiful Things In The World This Week


The Container Garden

Small, urban spaces – such as the ones I have called home my entire adult life – provide some unique challenges to those of us with green thumbs. Limited space, limited light and often little to no actual land upon which to sow can leave the garden addict in a state of serious withdrawal.

My solution has always been houseplants. I surround myself with my favourite specimens (ferns, cacti, succulents and the occasional cyclamen) so that I can see and touch something green, smell the fullness of the foliage and soil and trick myself into thinking I am outdoors.

Balconies, terraces, courtyards and front steps provide ideal settings for container gardens. Whether you are growing your favourite tropical plants or the most delicious heirloom tomatoes, containers provide a humble – but no less rewarding – alternative to acres and acres of land. Space limitations and the confines of containers also force the gardener to be creative, both as a grower and as a designer. Grouping plants by colour and shape, alternating leaf patterns and textures, staggering various heights to create depth and dimension can create a visually-stunning tableau of greenery on any stoop or balcony. The container itself, whether ceramic or iron or galvanized, can be as whimsical or as grand as you wish, providing plenty of opportunity to let your personality shine.

Below are examples of some excellent container gardens that have inspired me.



1. Martha Stewart Living magazine, March, 2002
2. Martha Stewart Living magazine, March, 2002
5. House Beautiful, June, 1987


Andrew Ritchie is the creator of Martha Moments, a blog devoted Martha-Stewart related content and her community of supporters. He lives and works in Toronto, Canada, and has been a longtime friend of Brent & Josh, Beekman 1802 and Sharon Springs. Each week he’ll scour the world (wide web) to find the 5 most beautiful things to inspire you. Follow Andrew on Pinterest.

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susan tolbert

Oh yes, I'm inspired and need to give my container garden some help! Thanks Andrew. sue t.