Today’s photos come from Russ Plank.
I live in Marlborough, Wiltshire, in England. I lived in New Zealand for 10 years and wanted to bring a little bit of New Zealand into my garden by planting a tree fern, ferns, flaxes, grasses, and my favorite—lancewood (Pseudopanax crassifolius, Zones 8–10). Also, I wanted to make it fun and colorful, so I added lots of fence art, planting pots, and containers. I also have a large tiled garden wall, an idea I got when I was in Greece.
Light-colored gravel mulch, abundant art hung on the fence, and a brightly colored set of table and chairs give this garden a very bright, cheerful feel that is in stark contrast to the dark green trees visible over the top of the fence.
This painted blue ladder hung with containers of cheerful annuals livens up part of the fence.
Quirky shelving topped with garden art and many small pots of flowering annuals adds to the fun in the garden.
A bit of New Zealand in the garden, with a tree fern (Dicksonia, Zones 9–10) and a clump of New Zealand flax (Phormium, Zones 8–10).
Often we see annuals grouped together in large pots, but this is another beautiful way to display them, with each variety in its own pot and arranged on shelves like a collection of beautiful pieces of art.
This garden really creates an unusual effect, quite different from what we might think of as a traditional English garden. No matter where you live and garden, you can create a wide range of different feelings in the garden simply by your choices of plants and landscaping materials.
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