Today’s photos come from Carrie Sass.
I love little vignettes throughout the yard, especially when I can use upcycled materials such as slate, grape stakes, and brick. Living in Stockton, California (NorCal), we have the best weather for long blooming seasons. This year the impatiens started fading in early December!
Recycled brick makes a crisp edging for this long border, dominated by shades of blue and purple. The large, half-barrel planters set in the bed are a great way to lift up low-growing plants where they can be appreciated up close, and add dimension and height to the design.
Brilliant pink and red petunias mix with yellow sweet potato vines (Ipomoea batatas, Zones 9–11 or as annuals) to make a brilliant window box. The simple green-and-white color scheme in the bed below allows the colorful window box to take center stage. I like that this window box is set low enough that the plants don’t block the window itself.
A rustic fence made from beautiful old grape stakes brings a patina of age to the garden and are of course very appropriate for a garden in Northern California.
Freely mixing annuals, shrubs, and planters makes for a rich, complex garden design. The formal brick edging keeps it all looking well planned and contained.
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