The first thing to strike me was the clever rebar "fence" in the very front of the garden – enough to not hide a single plant – but enough to keep dogs out of the fern-heavy woodland garden that had birch trees set back a bit, and a stand of pines, providing privacy to the living portion of the garden – which is actually the front yard of the home.
|The rusted corten steel-framed beds|
looked great with the plant choices.
The garden made great use of industrial materials like the rebar, corten steel (or rusted cold rolled steel, as my BFF Susan pointed out) and wherever the materials appeared – in sculpture, or garden borders, or fences – it was allowed to rust and had this great ruddy patina that mirrored the color of some of the plants throughout the garden. Yummy.
Rather than write more, I'll show the photos from this garden.
It was a pretty bright day – sorry for the harsh contrast in some of the photos. I was also working with a new camera I was not yet too familiar with. And there were so many bloggers around, it was hard (for all of us) to get many quiet, contemplative photos. That's the end of my disclaimers.
|Focal point artwork at end of first alley-way leading to the sitting areas. |
The fence makes the perfect backdrop for this sculpture.
|The central grass strip had a very graphic-looking carex grass – no mowing! My kinda' lawn.|
|Loved the horizontal-slat fence.|
|Orange was the standout color throughout the space.|
|Loved the fact that even the upper deck – and a rooftop planter – were made of the same horizontal slats.|
|The actual back yard of teh house was VERY narrow and didn't have much more room than for these two seats.|
|Nice feature _ seeing the edge of the fence, giving the impression that the fence had a great thickness to it...|
|...but actually, it was an "L" shape and the back structure was basically 2x4s and solid plywood.|
|Fro the street the fence, birch and pines intrigued at the same time blocked the fairly busy car and pedestrian road/sidewalk.|
|They had a few great sculpture pieces.|