Oh, I do like this idea. Doors under the deck to hide its dark, ugly underbelly – and all of the ladders, wheelbarrows and buckets that are typically stored there. I’m always on the lookout for fences that are functional and decorative and this one definitely qualifies for both. I’ve walked past this house dozens of times and finally really noticed how clever they were -which really makes me wonder about my observation skills. The fence is tall, screening a deck and the different width slats make it mildly interesting. They’ve got a plant growing up the side (that clearly gets adequate water despite the apparently small planting “hole”) and a couple of planting boxes to soften up the whole big wall feel but it’s those clever doors under the deck that makes this such a great design. Imagine how this would look walking by without those doors – dark, dirt and chances are, clutter. With the doors, ugliness is hidden and passersby get only a pleasing view. A great solution to an off-the-ground deck.
A summertime look at one of my first postings. This is a nice, simple low-maintenance planting, livened up by he edibles planted in the hell strip.
Check out the April post here.
Fences serve numerous purposes: keeping things in (or out), looking good in and of themselves, acting as screens, being a place to grow yet more plants. Read more »
Red twig dogwoods with heavenly bamboo and ceanothus (far right), October 2012
One of my earliest posts showed leafless red twig dogwoods (Cornus sp.) backed by heavenly bamboo (Nandina domestica) and Ceanothus. It was a great winter/early spring plant grouping. Read more »
Behind this riot of zinnias lie a couple of vegetable beds. The veg beds are neither ugly nor particularly ornamental and right behind the zinnias are raspberries which, lets be honest, simply do not have a “pretty” season. A tasty season, oh yes, but even in flower and fruit they are gangly things. Read more »
Photo taken at the Center for Urban Horticulture 9/12/2012
Seattle is full of heaths and heathers – you see them dripping down rockeries all over the city. What you rarely see is a mixed planting of just heaths and heathers which is a pity because they can make a glorious, ever-changing tapestry. The Center for Urban Horticulture has put together just such a planting – it is evergreen, colorful year round and low maintenance. Consider turning your front yard into a tiny Scottish moor – assuming you don’t want to play soccer there. Read more »
A summer only hedge
People often don’t hang out in their front yards – too public. You can put up a fence, or a hedge tall enough to give privacy or you can have your hedge and eat it too. Read more »
Germander, Teucrium chamaedrys
Back when I did garden design I would occasionally want to drive my head into a wall at some of the design decisions that I found in the garden. Parsimonious sidewalks 3′ wide (or even less) with measly 2′ beds on either side. Inevitably those 2′ beds would be planted with hydrangeas or rhodies, or camellias, or heaven-help-us prickly junipers, shrubs way wider than 2′. Of course they got hacked. Read more »
A. sphaerocephalon with Sedum (pale green) and a penstemon (possibly ‘Blackbird’) with matching blooms
Maroon balls on sticks definitely liven up the garden. Often mixed plantings meld into one big mish-mash so you need plants that will stop the eye. The balls of Allium sphaerocephalon, the drumstick allium, dancing among other plants definitely get your attention – adding interest, even whimsy to the garden. Read more »
Some people are happy to sit in their front yard, chatting with the world as it walk by. I wish I was that kind of person but I’m not. If I’m going to sit out front I need to at least have the illusion of privacy. This can be done with plants of course, but in small urban yards where every square foot matters, a fence may be a better choice. Read more »