Sometimes I just want to be inspired by what I see…and not be distracted by someone blathering on about some deep thought or story. So in an attempt to not distract you, I’ll simply include a number of images of gardens that have inspired me. But because I can’t help myself, I will give you just a few thoughts on each.
- Clearly an instance of where the architect and landscape architect worked closely to incorporate the interior and exterior living spaces.
- The blue stone pavers tie the spaces together and lead the eye from one space to the other.
- The simple palette of plants serves to complement the exterior spaces vs. compete with them.
- Sweeps of pachysandra flanking the flagstone path casually direct your way.
- Pops of red in the containers on the patio and the large sweeps of white hydrangea in the background give you specific focal points, without being distracted by too many other colors or structures.
- Again, the simple choices of plant material, texture and color create a pleasant, grounded space.
Classic Carriage House
- The landscape complements the architecture of the carriage house by allowing its details to be highlighted.
- The large scaled boxwoods appropriately ground the space.
- The arbor above the garage and climbing rose add a sense of history and bit of whimsy.
- The window boxes on the second floor allow for a bit of color and additional interest without being overstated.
A Space to Stay for Awhile
- Although the scale of this space is way beyond what most of us have at home, the clean lines, symmetry, and simple palette of plants and colors are all things we could apply no matter the size of space.
- The variation in green and textures provides enough interest and depth, without being overwhelming.
- The bench is somewhere I’d want to go and a space I’d want to stay.
A Blooming Pathway
- An allee of hydrangea and boxwood makes for a profound outdoor space between buildings that is often ignored.
- The boxwoods provide structure – framing the hydrangea while clearly delineating where you’re going.
- Although the hydrangea are busting with blooms, the few colors and plant selections keep the space peaceful and harmonious.
A Patio in Black & White
- What could have been an awkward or perhaps forgotten spot has been turned into a cozy gathering place.
- Finished in black, the man-made objects tend to fade into the background…allowing the greens of the boxwoods and other plant material are to be more naturally displayed…while the whites of the pillows and the few accessories give a nice pop.
- The gray pea gravel provides both a classic and edgy touch…complementing the rest of the décor.
Clearly, after looking at these gardens you see that there’s a certain style and palette that speaks to me. What inspired you about any of these gardens? What else speaks to you? Feel free to send me links to some gardens that have inspired you…I’d love to include them in a future post.
I look forward to hearing…no, seeing.
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