I got to go to the Denver Botanic Gardens last week for a little party, so of course I brought my camera. All of the plants were beautiful but I saw a few things that I really liked and thought would be fairly easy to re-create at home.
I like the way that a few mis-matched but color-coordinating pots are all lined up here, growing a festival of different colorful succulents. For me, keeping the containers in the same color scheme really allows the attention to be focused on the plants but makes an overall significant visual impact.
Sweet potato vine happens to be one of my favorite things in a container, so of course I was drawn to this arrangement. I also like the ornamental cabbage a lot. That’s something I’ve seen really creeping up in lots of garden designs lately. What’s most interesting to me about this arrangement is how bright and colorful it is! A great way to wake up an otherwise lackluster outdoor area.
I understand that not everyone can probably afford a Henry Moore sculpture in their garden (if you happen to end up in Denver, you have to check out the exhibit) but why not incorporate some kind of sculpture into your garden anyway? You could create something yourself or head over to the nearest art school. A bonus – if you cruise by after school’s out a lot of the art school kids just throw stuff away. You never know what you’ll find.
I threw this picture in here just because it was pretty, but it does illustrate two other ideas – using a water feature, and incorporating lots of color (especially when it contrasts!). I’m sure this pond isn’t too deep but the fact that they’ve painted the insides black makes it look as if it’s gone on forever.
That’s it for me for garden ideas for the day – anyone else have anything new they’re trying out?