Garden Photo of the Day

Matching plants to hardscape

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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

Designer David Feix in California took cues from the colors on this patio when choosing plants for this vignette. The orange tips of the blue-green agave (Agave sp.) match the low stucco wall, while the blooms of the shrimp plant (Justicia sp.) match the rusty red of the trellis. a blue-green lotus vine (Lotus berthelotii) ties them all together and softens the edges.

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  1. arboretum 05/11/2010

    very well composed shot and brilliant design concept and explanation!

    i find the bold thick trellis type panel a very effective element. try looking at the photo while holding 2 fingers in front of the panel. Now take away your fingers- shows you how valuable the panel element is in this vignette! the panel adds color and a unique shape, but as importantly, space and movement through the play of light and the see-through nature of the panel!

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