Look Out Below! Beautiful Basement Gardens

Forget gloomy and damp. There are many ways to make basement gardens both stylish and usable.
From: DK Books - Small Garden

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Spring Bulbs Offer Seasonal Garden Display

Annual bulbs, such as spring narcissus, plus shrubby clipped topiaries make a pretty seasonal display to brighten a basement garden.

Plants Balances Surrounding Structural Walls

Plants with strong architectural forms often thrive in a shady garden, as in this basement garden where they also contrast well with the surrounding walls.

Plants Fill Garden Space at Foot of Steps

Pots of plants and found objects help to create a cozy country feel at the foot of the steps in this small basement garden space.

Potted Palm Suits This City Basement Level Garden

Potted plants and sculptural tree give this city town house garden a classic look.

Narrow Stairs Offer Access to Platform Garden

Narrow stairs lead from the basement garden to a lighter and sunnier platform above the garden. Trailing plants spill over the wall giving the space a bit of Old World charm.

Overhead View of Deep Basement Garden

This deep basement stairwell has a cast iron staircase that is textured for safety in wet weather. Oversize lattices line the walls for a contemporary touch to this garden oasis.