The path to this tucked away seating area in Dean Riddle’s garden in the Catskills of Upstate New York is flanked by fine-textured, self-sown plants that spill over the edges. The exuberant plants add a casual sense of privacy to this small getaway.
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A charming shot showing the very American design concept of wildness in the garden. But don't be fooled into thinking that this scene was all 'accidental'! I love Dean's cleverness with the paint trim picking up the bright penstemon color and creating a balanced painterly scenario.
This reminds me of the skilled prankster Dan Hinkley who once placed on some Heronswood euphorbia plants that had gone by- some large woody (gone by) allium heads that were spray painted the same bright dark orange of the preceding euphorbia flowers. The trompe l'oeil gave fun to all concerned- the designer, the knowing viewer and the fooled visitors who, upon closer inspection, discovered the ruse!
You have to be one of the luckiest gardeners I have heard of - to have self sowing plants that can arrange so lovely a getaway space. The reds are very striking.
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