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Garden Vignettes

Scenes from a California garden

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.

pink and red petunias

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.

patina garden

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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    treasuresmom 12/30/2019

    Love your rustic fence and the small white plants that just seem to set it all off. What are they?

  2. user-5117752 12/30/2019

    Carrie, you've taken my breath away! From one vignette to the next, I see beauty and a natural design that just flow. Love how you used the brick and the grape stakes and, of course, all of the wonderful colors! Thank you so very much for sharing your marvelous garden!!!

  3. btucker9675 12/30/2019

    Lovely garden - especially liked the little rustic fence. Thanks for sharing!

  4. cheryl_c 12/30/2019

    I love your exuberant use of chartreuse in all but one of your photos, and your measured restraint from using it in the long border along the privacy fence! Lovely.

  5. carolineyoungwilliams 12/30/2019

    OMG Carrie, I absolutely love your garden. The brick edging first got my attention but the color combinations, the plant selections, the perfectly placed items of interest and your creative layout all came together to make an awesome garden . I love it. Thank you for sharing. I look forward to seeing more from you. Be Blessed.

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    Keith_Clark11 12/31/2019

    Amazing garden! thanks for the posting.....

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    simplesue 01/01/2020

    That window box is glorious!

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