A Modern Witch’s Urban Garden Tour

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I live in a fairly suburban area, about an hour north of San Francisco, in a city of approximately 175,000. I have a patio of about 6×16 feet, all concrete. Though I love my house and my neighborhood, it’s not the ideal situation for a witch’s garden. If I could picture my ideal garden, it would have beautiful raised beds for herbs, a water feature and a bird bath and a small greenhouse. But that’s just a dream… a dream this millenial witch will probably never be able to afford in California.

Luckily, I know it’s possible to build a witch’s garden just about anywhere and so can you! When I first started The Witch of Lupine Hollow blog, I did a Magical Apartment Living: Garden Tour post, which was quite popular, so I figured as we come into summer, I would update the garden tour for the new season!

A few familiar faces remain, including the purple oilcloth pennant banner, the salvaged flea market bench (though now it has been repurposed to hold plants instead of people) and my little porcelain garden gnome. New additions include a cozy reading nook, more party lights and a fresh new patio set.

What makes this comfy little patio a witch’s garden, (besides the fact that a witch or two lives here?) Read on to find out!

A Modern Witch's Urban Garden Tour | The Witch of Lupine Hollow

Red geraniums by the front door are a sign of witches and promote protection and good luck. I have two red geranium plants and they are the hardiest plants in my garden. I definitely recommend these for both magickal and aesthetic reasons!

A Modern Witch's Urban Garden Tour | The Witch of Lupine Hollow

I always have a faux flower wreath on my garden gate, partially to help friends find my house amidst the sea of matching townhouses, but also to celebrate the current season with representations of seasonal flowers and foliage. Right now I have a spring/summer wreath hanging, with tulips, roses, peonies, cherry blossoms and fern.

A Modern Witch's Urban Garden Tour | The Witch of Lupine Hollow

A Modern Witch's Urban Garden Tour | The Witch of Lupine Hollow

To the right of the garden gate is where most of my plants are. This is for a very practical reason: this side of the patio gets the most sunlight. Due to the photinia bushes on either side of our gate, the patio is shady most of the day so the plants have to be placed in the sunniest spots. I have the pots arranged in a U-shape so that the plants are easy to water and prune. I’m hoping to get some vegetables in here in the next few weeks as well!

At the far side of the garden, I’ve built a little reading or meditation nook, with an old chair and a blanket. There are solar-powered lights strung on the fence for ambiance, which is great both for conserving energy and for harnessing the magickal power of the sun in my garden.

A Modern Witch's Urban Garden Tour | The Witch of Lupine Hollow

A Modern Witch's Urban Garden Tour | The Witch of Lupine Hollow

A Modern Witch's Urban Garden Tour | The Witch of Lupine Hollow

Along one side, I have the flea market bench with flowering plants on it, including gerbera daisies, larkspur, lily of the valley and geranium, as well as some candles and crystals, depending on my intention. My citrus trees are also tucked into this corner.

A Modern Witch's Urban Garden Tour | The Witch of Lupine Hollow

A Modern Witch's Urban Garden Tour | The Witch of Lupine Hollow

A Modern Witch's Urban Garden Tour | The Witch of Lupine Hollow

Along the other side are primarily my herbs, as well as a blackberry bush which I am so excited to have for Lammas this year! Currently, I am growing mint, thyme, lemon verbena and rosemary (and I have a basil plant in the house.)A Modern Witch's Urban Garden Tour | The Witch of Lupine Hollow

A Modern Witch's Urban Garden Tour | The Witch of Lupine Hollow

To the left of the garden gate is the seating area. A small table with a citronella candle on it is flanked by two metal folding chairs and a wicker love seat. This space plays host to both rituals and entertaining. The fence is decorated with an oilcloth pennant banner and a temperature gauge, with electrical party lights strung overhead (the solar lights are pretty dim so not good for actually illuminating the space.) Beside the door are a towering philodendron and the little porcelain gnome.

A Modern Witch's Urban Garden Tour | The Witch of Lupine Hollow

A Modern Witch's Urban Garden Tour | The Witch of Lupine Hollow

A Modern Witch's Urban Garden Tour | The Witch of Lupine Hollow

A Modern Witch's Urban Garden Tour | The Witch of Lupine Hollow

I love that my garden space is able to do double duty as both a spiritual and social place. With a little TLC, some DIY decor and as many plants as you can fit, any space can become the perfect modern witch’s garden! Click here for my Pagan Altar Tour and Home Apothecary Tour as well.

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