Garden Lovers

Thinking about “going vertical” but worried about missing your garden? Fear not, Nervous Green Thumbs! If you think “moving on up” means losing your beloved garden, you haven’t discovered the simple pleasures of container gardening.

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At Houston’s sleekest and newest contemporary high rise The Wilshire – opening this summer directly adjacent to the oak tree-lined streets of River Oaks District – residents have ample room to grow everything from basil, chives and thyme to tomatoes, peppers and radishes. All 96 residences in the 17-story luxury building have balconies arranged with primary views facing west or downtown views facing east.

“Potscaping” – as it is known – has skyrocketed in popularity as vertical living continues to draw empty nesters, professionals and pied-a-terre owners who worry about losing their green sanctuaries. Requiring little space and even less maintenance, containers made of ceramic, fiberglass, metal and concrete take on the same elements of a garden in the form of color, fragrance and texture.

Garden lovers living at The Wilshire not only have their own balconies to plant until their heart’s content, they might question if they’re even still in the city when they discover their very own 25,145-square-foot lushly landscaped pool deck – an oasis of assorted trees and shrubbery surrounding the 75-foot lap pool, wet deck, cabana rooms and covered grilling kitchen.

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