My identify is Eric Peterson, and like most gardeners I’ve been into gardening since I used to be a toddler. I reside on a 3,900-square-foot lot in Portland, Oregon (Zone 8b). I began my backyard after I moved in about 12 years in the past. Initially I used to be renting the home and began a container backyard made principally of crops that I’d discover on Craigslist totally free. It made sense to have my crops in containers so I might take them with me if I moved. I proceed to rescue undesirable crops when persons are prepared to present them a brand new dwelling. We ended up shopping for the home in 2017 and nonetheless have numerous container crops.

close up of various cacti and succulents in containersI like to gather numerous antiques and show them within the backyard wherever I can. On this picture I displayed numerous my desert crops, together with a golden barrel cactus (Echinocactus grusonii, Zones 9–11), Euphorbia lactea (Zones 10–11), Euphorbia ammak (Zones 10–11), Aloe ‘Hercules’ (Zones 10–11), and Aloe arborescens ‘Variegata’ (Zones 9–11).

stained glass conservatory with small gravel garden patio outsideThe stained glass conservatory was made out of recycled bricks and previous barn wooden. I made a lot of the stained glass home windows myself. I reduce and folded the copper shingles with my household. I made them within the form of dragon scales. Once I designed it, I needed the sunshine to be filtered to maintain it cooler in the summertime so it might be extra of a livable house as a substitute of your common overheated greenhouse that’s too heat to get pleasure from in the summertime. It has taken about three years to finish this undertaking.

close up of bright pink passiflora flowerI’m all the time pushing the zone with tropical crops and vines like Passiflora ‘Scarlet Flame’ (Zones 9–11). The vintage telephone sales space within the background was fairly a problem to maneuver in. I needed to hire a crane as a result of it’s forged iron and weighs 1,700 kilos. We needed to carry it over and below energy strains to maneuver it to the home.

garden patio with potted topical trees and succulentsThe small backyard is surrounded by huge Yucca rostrata (Zones 7–11) that had been rescued when their earlier proprietor posted them totally free on the Nextdoor app. I saved them from the chainsaw that the proprietor was going to take to them if nobody needed them. There are additionally Agave parryi (Zones 6–9) and huge Agave ‘Blue Glow’ (Zones 8–11). Photograph: Loree Bohl

large Yucca rostrata in a pot outside a stained glass buildingMany of the Yucca rostrata stand over 10 ft tall of their pots.

close up of spiky plants in containersOne other Yucca rostrata sits subsequent to a Nolina nelsonii (Zones 7–10) and an Agave americana (Zones 8–10) beneath an vintage windmill.

another view of garden patio with lots of tropical plantsOn the fitting there’s a very giant, very heavy Agave gentryi (Zones 7–10), one other rescued plant. It took a small staff of volunteers to assist rescue this agave, because it weighed about 500 kilos. Within the again there’s a fire made out of recycled bricks and stone that had been discovered totally free on Craigslist.

large succulent plants on side of houseThe rescued agave is about 6 ft extensive and 4 ft tall. Behind it you possibly can see a Trachycarpus fortunei ‘Wagnerianus’ (Zones 7–11). I’ve planted seven of them on my small lot. I’m hoping for a palm grove impact as they mature.

stained glass greenhouse at nightI added numerous lighting within the greenhouse in hopes of catching NASA’s consideration with a glowing stained glass greenhouse.

close up of lighting fixtures in the greenhouseI’ve hung three giant chandeliers and a few phonograph horns with outsized lightbulbs for a steampunk impact.

Chandeliers in the greenhouseChandeliers within the greenhouse

Thanks for letting me share my backyard and greenhouse with everybody. Like several good gardener I’m not completed, and I’ll have extra so that you can see later.

If you wish to see extra from Eric, try his Instagram: @ericpeterson89


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