Oh, the elusive white garden. It takes a lot of restraint to decide on an all white garden, and even more to stick with it. There’s always that temptation to add, oh, just a little bit of purple here, or pink there. But stay strong! If you stick with this choice, it will pay off:
Usually when people think of arbors, they think of the standard run-of-the-mill, Cedar-planked arbor. Well, I want you to know that there are many exciting, different arbors out there – perfect for any garden type! Check out some unique arbors I’ve come across below.
Meet the hanging planter’s cooler cousin: the vertical garden. Vertical gardens are quite ‘in’ these days and – besides looking great – serve a variety of purposes. They provide people with limited space, like an urban dweller, the opportunity to garden. They also serve as a wonderful way to hide an ugly wall, grow a veggie garden and make a living sculpture.
You may recall I noted some cool chicken coops at Sunset Magazine’s Celebration Weekend that had gardens and succulents on top. Well, turns out those aren’t the only well-design chicken coops around. Modern, stylish chicken coops are popping up everywhere these days and might be the next big thing. That’s right you heard it from me first!
Here are some amazing modern chicken coops that make me think, “Man, chicken coops sure have come a long way!”
Interested in making your own backyard chicken coop? Read this great article at digginfood.com.
What a photographer! I’ve been a fan of my friend Ernie’s photography work for years, especially his garden photography. He often gets really close up to flowers and makes them look like beautiful, abstract shapes. His talent lies in his ability to share the beauty he sees with all of us. Ernie is just full life and love, and it comes off in his photography.
The photos below are from a visit to the San Francisco Japanese Tea Garden and I’m very excited to be sharing them with you!
If you liked these, make sure to check out all of Ernie’s photos from around the world at flickr.com/photos/mcgrayjr.
Ahh, summertime. If you’re anything like me, your mind sometimes wanders to beautiful, exotic destinations. Below are some photos I found while exploring the idea of a tropical summertime vacation. That is… until I remembered I hate humidity!
Garden benches are not only great to sit on (duh!) but they can also serve as a stunning center piece for your garden. As with any accessory you include in your landscape project, it’s important that that your bench reinforce your garden and home style – which is why I’ve included benches for most types of garden styles below. Enjoy!
Beautiful, blooming vines serve a variety of purposes. In fact, Frank Lloyd Wright once said, “A doctor can bury his mistakes but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.” Boy, was Frank right (no pun intended!) Vines are great at covering up architectural boo-boos, not to mention they also serve as good insulation and are nice to look at.
Below I’ve noted which vines work best with different types of house and garden styles.
Garden lighting can be a tricky matter. Is your primary goal to light a walkway, to highlight a garden feature, or both? Do you have a traditional garden or an Asian-inspired Zen garden?
Below are some garden lights I just love – for all sorts of gardens. Find out more about the lights by simply clicking the photo!
I love cacti. Cacti require very little water – which makes them sustainable and eco-friendly – and they’re gorgeous. Not the hugest cacti fanatic? See below for some inspiration…