Garden Photo of the Day

Orange+Green=Bold Contrast

Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

OK, so we’ve decided to make this “Brian Higley Week” at the GPOD, since we have shots of so many of his great hardscape elements. We hope you’ll be inspired by them! Today, we feature a fence and gate that Brian, a landscape architect based in New York’s Hudson Valley, designed for a lakeside home in New Jersey. He says, “The orange color of this fence matches details on the original, very cool 50’s ranch house on this property. Because red colors are opposite the greens on a color wheel, the orange fence and gate contrast nicely with the surrounding lawn and grasses, making the experience of each more heightened. ‘Little Honey’ fountain grass (Pennisetum alopercuroides ‘Little Honey’, USDA Hardiness Zones 6-9) and a climbing hydrangea (Hydrangea petiolaris, Zones 4-9) soften the fence just enough and lead you to the 50’s style gate. Varying degrees of opacity in the fence screen out some areas where privacy is needed while allowing views through in other places, breaking up the monotony while ultimately keeping in the hound it was built to contain.”

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  1. rwotzak 07/14/2010

    I love those fences Brian. There's nothing like a bold but simple structure to make a space pop. Makes me wish I had a modern house where I could get away with more non-traditional elements.

  2. brianla 07/16/2010

    Thank you! You can get away with a lot more than you think.

    ......

    brian

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