Frame a view
I don’t know whether I love architecture more than plants or whether I love architecture because it allows me to present the plants beautifully. I think it’s the latter.
At the main entrance to my front garden, an opening in a fabricated steel fence, inspired by rusted metal roofing I saw while in Hawaii, focuses attention on the scene it frames. The fence has panels of polycarbonate, pivoting wooden boards, and steel mesh, which permit passersby to glimpse my garden.
To further draw in visitors, I repeat the colors of plants and hardscape materials. The fence’s rich rust color is echoed by the amber sea glass in the path and the earthtone retaining wall. Milky hues are present in the iridescent fence panel (far right in the photo), the globe (center), and the house siding (top).
The golden color of the maturing heather (Calluna vulgaris ‘Wickwar Flame’, USDA Hardiness Zones 5–7) in the foreground reappears in the Mexican feather grass (Stipa tenuissima, syn. Nasella tenuissima, Zones 7–11) at the midpoint and in the Monterey cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa, Zones 7–11) toward the back.