When designing gardens, I like to go inside the house for a number of reasons. I look out windows and traipse upstairs to see the garden from each story of the building. In my own garden you have seen many images from the second story porch. This gives an overview in a tiny yard, but on larger properties the views are often more special, so each should have a pleasant view. Some show garden rooms, and others have borrowed views.
I cannot show this from client properties, but trust me, it really is an important design consideration.
Another factor is bringing the inside out and outside in. This is often color schemes and character. Sometimes, like in my own home, the decorating colors transcend to the outdoors. This post shows how the inside outside connection is made in my own kitchen renovation. In the dining room, I added a French door where a window above eye level was previously to make a literal connection, and the rusty/deep red plants make the color connection.
The idea is to imagine what would the homeowner like to see when a chair is pulled next to a window for those moments of reflection and relaxation. I have posts showing this trick also, but too pressed for time to look them up.
But that is only one aspect in design. When in the garden, the idea is to have each view have some special interest of their own, yet be cohesive as a whole.
Here are views I rarely show, yet hold their own within the design.
Still early in the growing season, much is yet to bloom and grow taller. I leave that which has flowered in amongst those ready to bloom. Some is for structural reason and others architectural interest.
The front yard has much color to show through the seasons. Another few weeks and the blues explode.
I have a really big difference in this garden, front and back coming up. I took my garden club to one of my local wholesale growers. The woman grows 700 varieties of Daylilies and hybridized quite a few. The club purchased 10 varieties in quantity at an unheard of price ($10 for a group of 6-8 clumps – one variety). Shes sells each specialty daylily at $15 to $20 each. We got maybe 8-20 plants per clump at 6-8 clumps per variety times 10. That is a lot of daylilies.
What are we doing with them all? We are caring for them in our own gardens until next year when they go to our annual perennial sale. My garden has about 30 new plants. Other members planted the rest, so you can imagine how many they have. I will show you their gardens when I go to photograph the plants blooming so to make plant tags for next year. It should be an amazing sight.
I also have a post upcoming on our trip to the daylily farm. You will not want to miss this property.
Taken from second story roof, 9AM June 12, 2013. The image shows the front garden from above, yet it cannot be seen from the interior of the home on the second story level. My office roof blocks the view, so I had to climb a ladder to show you (not my specialty).
I am in the process of trimming the hedges which will be finished this afternoon. It is necessary to keep the yews and boxwood small enough for the tiny garden. Both varieties, Buxus ‘Green Velvet’ and Taxus x media ‘Densiformis’ are lower growing. I only trim them every three years, letting them go al naturale the remaining time. The shrubs will flush out and green up after this hard prune by the end of summer.
As I mentioned above, this garden goes through many changes throughout the season. It is designed to span all seasons with interest.