They say a picture is worth a thousand words, something that I take to heart!
I live near Seattle, Washington, in the USA, and in many ways, Washington State is a gardener's paradise!
Consequently, there are some incredible examples of good garden design in my area!
There is no end to the ingenuity of residential gardeners who have grasped the basics of garden design. I love to wander and see what local homeowners have done with their gardens.
I've started keeping a camera in my car as I go about my daily business. You can see me stopped by the side of the road snapping garden pictures if you live in the Seattle area on a fairly regular basis!
Will Your Garden Be Next?
Garden pictures can be great sources of landscape design ideas. Especially when they are done by residential home owners! If someone else did them at home, you probably can too!
I'll be highlighting great garden ideas, unusual garden treatments, and strong solutions to problematic design dilemmas often faced by homeowners.
I hope these garden pictures will become a great source of ideas for your own gardens!
Here is a solid, newly planted garden design! A great example of Visual Texture in action.
Color abounds in this garden, present in foliage and in flowers. But it doesn't stop there!
This homeowner understood the use of textural elements in the garden. Ferns, Astilbe, Mexican Feather Grass and Coral Bells all add a visual interest unusual in most residential designs.
Visual texture is achieved by varying the heights of plantings and the use of hanging baskets and a container near the porch. Adding to the visual experience is a beautiful flagstone walkway.
I love the way that this homeowner has used these elements to create a sharp, interesting composition.
As this garden matures, it will remain wholly textural and beautifully composed, as the permanent elements of the garden and the maturing plantings will meld together to create a tapestry of quiet beauty.
Ever wonder what to do with that long, extremely narrow strip between your driveway and the neighbors? Garden spaces such as this can be problematic to design.
This is a situation where less is much, much more for the average homeowner. Check out this homeowners solution for managing a difficult space!
Limiting the design palette to a very few, extra special plants such as these Japanese maple varieties gives this small garden plot a unity and appeal that is unusual in these small spaces. The delicate leaves and varied height of the maples adds a visual texture and variety to the space, and the contrasting colors of the foliage creates a strong counterpoint that draws your eye.
The best part? This homeowner lives just a few doors down from me! I get to see this almost every day and enjoy their creativity!