I had the great opportunity to work with the very talented designer Caitlin McCarthy of Caitlin & Caitlin on a patio garden in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. Silver Lake is a very hilly neighborhood, so many of the homes are terraced into the hillsides. If you spend any time outdoors, your daily exercise is built in simply by hiking up and down stairs. This job entailed designing and installing container gardens on upper and lower patios as well as planting a privacy hedge and refreshing the plants in the front yard. Working on this project got me thinking about how important color is when creating a garden lifestyle for my clients. In addition to the plants chosen, outdoor furniture, area rugs, planters, and accessories all provide opportunity to add color into an outdoor living space.
The house and patios are painted a lovely shade of dark grey. Grey is one of my favorite neutrals with which to work. On the upper dining patio, Caitlin had placed a strong, concrete colored table over a sky blue area rug. The chairs are forest green with white cushions. For the planters, I chose contemporary white self watering planters…
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If you live in Southern California, unless you’ve been living in the dust under a rock, you know we are in the midst of a terrible drought. When it does rain, people get all excited; the local news media goes on “STORM WATCH!”; and the complaining starts. No one can drive in the rain. Mudslides! No one can drive in the rain (yes, I know I said that twice). People are taking this drought seriously. Dead and dying lawns pepper our neighborhoods (well, maybe not in Beverly Hills – appearances need to be kept up you know). We show pride in how dirty our cars are. We discuss the merits of grey water and rain barrels. And we jump for joy that our Mayor, Eric Garcetti, just approved an increase to the Department of Water and Power’s (DWP) turf removal rebate program. If you are approved, you can receive a rebate of up to $3.75 per square foot to get rid of your water thirsty lawn and replace it with drought tolerant plants.
Herein lies the problem. Pulling up the turf and popping in a few Agaves and other succulents probably won’t do much for the…
It’s still 100+ degrees out, and I’m itching to get into the garden to pull out all of the dead and dying remnants of my summer garden. I want to prep for fall, plant for fall, get moving into fall already! (Patience is not my strong suit). I’m sitting inside hoping the garden doesn’t spontaneously burst into flames and that my chickens don’t die of heat stroke – don’t worry, they’re getting plenty of ice water and watermelon.
So instead of being outside, I’ve created a garden Treasury on Etsy for your viewing enjoyment. For those of you who don’t know what an Etsy Treasury is, it’s a curated gallery of Etsy items that fit into a particular theme. I love to promote other artists and makers, so please check them out! You can also check out my Etsy Shop.
Here is the link to the full Treasury: Garden Greens.
Check out the rest of the Treasury here. Happy gardening!