Thursday, June 2, 2011

Fill in the blanks.

As my friend and landscape designer Alida Blair recently said : “ In order to have great plants and planting schemes you need to create the spaces for them to reside in. “

Creative path work is one way to outline your planting spaces.
From there you can fill in the blanks, and if the chance should arise, instil some vertical interest by sculpting the grade.

Below are pix’s showing some blank spaces , the out line of paths and the space in between that was filled with plants.

From Before and After

From Before and After

From Beach House

From Beach House

Before the planting this was a barren slope of native grass.
From Heather Garden in Gualala CA

Before development, this was a slope covered with brambles.
From California Gardening

Cutting across and up a native hillside , the path of stone defines the planting spaces
From portfolioMay08.jpg

A drought tolerant planting with a stepping stone path dividing the space
From Alexander Valley

Low retaining walls , flagstone and a set of stone steps outlines the planting spaces.
From Hillside development

Blank slate development
From Paths

From Paths

From Paths


christie said...

You are a genius, Michelle, I find your work functional, beautiful, responsible and maintainable.
Your ideas are original and classic at the same time.

compost in my shoe said...

Excellent post. Before and afters are so inspiring. Hardscape really does provide the baseline to a great garden.

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Shit....It just looks like so much work. If only I could click my heels....

All uterly gorgeous!

Phrago said...

I really like the walls with the boulders in them. Just beautiful! Always nice to see your work Michelle. Are we ever going to see pics of the completed hill garden that sported the modernistic Adirondack chairs on the gravel patio below and the galvinized water troughs up top...
I'm sending you this link, you might find the Westport chairs interesting:

Pam/Digging said...

Love the before and after pics.