This garden sports an impressive collection of wine bottles, used in a way that is a departure from the popular bottle tree. What makes this vignette tastefully festive and fun? The bottles not only shared a common purpose in the past, but continue to do so by being retrofitted with lighting. The use of Edison bulbs and the fact that they are all hanging from a single steel fixture brings unity to this disparate and colorful collection.
The lesson: Find the common thread among collectibles and group them together.
This garden proudly displays its colors and stripes. The array of bright hues and the informal bench seating give this space a childlike, playful vibe. What makes this space work? The bright colors were applied on similar vertical surfaces, creating a rhythm that brings continuity to this part of the garden. In addition, the foliage is entirely shades of green. This tones down the space. Can you imagine this scene with chartreuse or red foliage?
The lesson: Appropriately used shapes can direct the eye around the garden.
The beauty and power of this vignette would be compromised if several other sculptures were competing for attention. Observe the sight lines in your garden and place a sculpture so that the piece speaks on its own without competing with others. Bends in garden paths, hedges and even house corners create new opportunities to appropriately place sculpture.
The lesson: Seek out unique foliage plants to complement art pieces.
This gardener has created a planter for a crop of basil using an old wheelbarrow. Why does this work so well? It’s the previously missing third dimension when placed in front of the background mural, pulling both the mural into the garden and the garden visitor into the scene.
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This vertical succulent garden screams whimsy, from the curlicue design to the bold use of chartreuse foliage. The stripes in the cushion fabric and the vertical horsetail rush along the top of this bed balance each other beautifully while appropriately framing this statement of whimsy.
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