Elissa Steves of Blacksburg, Virginia, has an unusual and very beautiful garden. Typically, gardeners either focus on collecting the most rare and exotic of plants, OR they focus on arranging plants into beautiful designs and patterns, but rarely do the two go together. Elissa is one of the exceptions, growing all sorts of exotic, unusual plants, creating great designs with those plants, and highlighting them all with an eclectic collection of garden art to create an artful space.
By the driveway, a set of containers show off in the same colors—the pots and the plants in them are all shades of brown, orange, and terra cotta. For contrast, the pots are surrounded by yellow and green plants. The result is a sophisticated and eye-catching color scheme. View our suggestions for container TLC.
A dramatic container full of succulents stands against a backdrop of ‘Carolina Sweetheart’ redbud (Cercis canadensis ‘Carolina Sweetheart’, Zones 6–9).
Different parts of the garden have strong color schemes. Here, red comes from the arbor and painted furniture, accented by bright gold foliage from a yellow-leaf jasmine (Jasminum officinale ‘Fiona Sunrise’, Zones 7–9). Learn how to create beautiful garden passageways.
A view down one of the garden paths, inviting the visitor to explore what beauties hide behind the next bend.
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