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Garden Photo of the Day

A Perfect Marriage of Plants and Hardscape

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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
Click here to enlarge this photo.
Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

Randy Bolin and Tom Nelson’s front entryway in Oakland, California, is a riot of colors, both in hardscape and plants. The vibrant slate steps are the perfect inspiration for their plant palette full of pinks, yellows, lavenders, oranges, greens, and reds. Pale terracotta pots are the perfect choice to go with the deeper-hued terracotta-colored house. Succulents enjoy the baking this area gets from the sun throughout the day.

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  1. joyannie 06/09/2010

    Absolutely beautiful!!!!!

  2. greenthumbs2 06/09/2010

    Everything about this presentation is perfect. The containment of the plants, the color connection to both house and steps beckons one to investigate closer. I love the fact that the selection of plants means little to no messiness of plant debris. What a welcoming entrance. Well done.

  3. user-7006885 06/09/2010

    This is wonderful. I particularly like the pinky/grey/lavender succulent on the bottom step with the orange of the other plants.

    Well done!

  4. arboretum 06/09/2010

    now, THIS is brilliant- a vignette w/ a painter's sensibility of understanding the need for balance and repetition of colors in the whole picture. YAY you two!
    a teaching website

  5. SassyNancy 06/09/2010

    I love the desert tropicals and sempervivum. I cannot use many of these outdoors due to our winter temperatures in Georgia. This, to me, is a Mediterranean Marriage-Made-In-Heaven.

  6. KariLonning 06/09/2010

    The closeup shot details is one of the most beautiful photos I've seen on the internet. The plant choices, colors and combinations are seductive!

  7. EmmyCA 05/30/2013

    Post a plant list with these pictures, p-p-please!

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