We’ve all seen them. The garage turned into den/spare bedroom/office that can’t help but look like a garage that’s been turned into a den/spare bedroom/office. Sometimes the former garage door is boarded up; sometimes it becomes a big picture window. Well in this garden in NE Portland it’s become a green wall…
I know the drive way is a dead give away, but in the summer time they’ve usually got a table and chairs as well as more containers moved out. And with the big half barrels blocking the entrance it manages to have a patio vibe to it.
I think this is a very nice way to camouflage a used-to-be garage, and since I too live in a very small home and we don’t park in our garage I’m often looking at that space and thinking “what if”...what if we someday convert the garage into livable space? That line of thought always has me thinking back to an older danger garden post with photos of the BEST EVER repurposing of a garage and drive way (click here for that); if you weren’t reading my blog back in 2010 you missed a great space.
But back to this garden…beyond the garage/driveway they’ve got a short wall that brings the front garden up from sidewalk level.
And a metal edged path leading around back (or maybe just to the recycling and yard waste containers…I tried to not get them in the picture but it was simply impossible).
The Euphorbia is doing its pre-bloom bashful nod.
And the wide hell-strip has two of the nicest Fatsia japonica I’ve seen recently.