Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A cool look for summer

This photo was my inspiration for the day, so I thought I'd share it with you all to see what you think of it. This is a garden I came across on my rambles around the web, and I'm sorry to say that I don't know who the designer is (but if you do, please tell me so I can credit them). I love the plant palette for this garden- the cool blues and greys with a few pops of burgundy really grab me.

In case they grab you too, these are the plants I can identify in the photo (starting at the front left and working to the back right): Phormium tenax (maybe Amazing Red?), Carex testacea, Senecio mandralascae, Anigozanthos flavidus, Agonis Afterdark, Bougainvillea 'California Gold', Olea europea.

Other things I love about this garden: the decomposed granite pathway, the way the soil is mounded against the seat wall.... oh, and did I say the colors? I adore the colors?

Obviously, this garden isn't for everyone. I can imagine some crazy people might think it looks too wild or unkempt. What do you think?

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  1. It is gorgeous. I also love the palette. Since I prefer a flower garden, I can think of different plants that is perfect for each palette. Great page!

  2. One of the things I like about this garden is how restrained it is with the flower color. I'm even torn about the splashed of orange and yellow flowers. What does everyone else think?