The Sky is the Limit – Vertical Gardens

November 23, 2009

Vertical garden handrailImagine 260 species of plants, designed and planted in a synthetic felt product, rising eight stories high.  I’ve just described the basic components of a vertical garden covering an exterior wall of the Athenaeum Hotel in London, England. Get the details and more when you visit Patrick Blanc gardens site. You’ll see why his gardens are getting a lot of attention lately.

If eight stories seems to tall for your first vertical garden project, how about experimenting with Wooley Pockets from the Wooley Pocket Garden Company. The pockets can be affixed for vertical or horizontal garden design. Made of 90 percent recycled materials, the plant pockets come in lots of colors, sizes and styles. Because of their moisture barrier construction, the pockets can be hung on exterior or interior surfaces with no water damage to floors, walls or furniture.

Walls, handrails, fences, wire supports, your old car …. this gardening stuff  justs get better and better, doesn’t it.

Paint Your Garden

November 20, 2009

Le Majorelle Garden, Marrakech, Morocco

Wow — A can of paint can really transform a garden!  It’s relatively easy to create focal points from your basic garden features:  bird bath, fountain, containers and even your garden shed.  Color schemes are limited by your imagination. Be sure to check with a paint store for  products best suited for outdoor use.  Prepare surfaces to be painted to ensure the final coats of color provide a long-lasting look with minimal maintenance.

So many colors —  how to decide?  What about colors to complement the blooms of your perennials. Or use the same color scheme used in the indoor room where the garden is viewed. Perhaps a palette that matches the cushions of your chairs and table umbrella. Or what about the same color in different values? Dare to go bold. Use yellow, blue and orange to create a look similar to those selected by couturier, Yves Saint Laurent, in his charming private garden in Morocco.

As I strolled though, the vivid colors of the paths, buildings, containers and tiled areas were a striking complement to the cacti, ponds and ornamental grasses.

My Philosophy

I am dedicated to enhancing the beauty of nature: designing a landscape that achieves an outdoor experience beyond your expectations.