Thursday, April 29, 2010

What's Your Garden Style?


Mine is a little controlled chaos, I think. We have a small back yard that is in plain view of our living area. It has undergone 4 complete transformations over the 10 years we've lived here. My poor husband. It's hard shooting beautiful gardens all the time, let's just say.

I'm trying to work out plants for our back yard. We want to have an edible garden and a little more privacy. Thought I'd take a look at a few small, urban gardens I've shot for some inspiration. Would love to hear what your garden style is. Any of these gardens fit the bill? I like bits of all of them.



This garden was shot for Garden Design. I love all the privacy, and the lushness of plants. Designed by Kari Renaud.


 You really could make use of this garden for a good portion of the year. Shot for Style At Home, designed by Ron Rule. Heather Cameron propped and primped.


A Japanese inspired garden. The magnolia was so pretty, along with all the Japanese maples and mosses. Shot for Gardening Life, designed by Donna Chomichuk.


Perfect garden for entertaining and the homeowners, Mark and Daryl, do a lot of that! Again, this garden has heaps of privacy and lots of lush plantings. Love the succulents. Shot for Canadian Gardening, designed by the homeowners. 

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on gardens!

On a final note, a huge thank you to Sarah at Flourish Design + Style for the little Q & A she did with me. I'm usually more comfortable being "behind the scenes", but Sarah made it all so easy and fun. Her blog is beautiful - check it out!

21 comments:

vintagelaundress said...

All these gardens are gorgeous! I like "controlled chaos" - this applies to my garden, my life, etc! Great post, as usual.

Gigi said...

Gorgeous photos! I am a controlled chaos kind of gardener, with less control, more chaos. I can help others make serene and elegant gardens, but when it comes to mine, I always veer towards overstuffed, cottage-style, slightly mad gardens! I also tend to let flowers, herbs, and vegetables mix together quite a bit. Okay, so maybe there's almost no control! :)

considered design said...

I love Daryl and Marks garden, its very eclectic, I think if I had a garden it would be like that too. Julian would have other ideas though of straight lines!

flo said...

I love gardens where plants grows everywhere... Grass with campaign flowers and just a small place where you can walk... Small areas where you are cool... The surprise in the morning when you see a new flower...
I think flowers, plants choice their places ! A idea of liberty !

Pinecone Camp said...

I'm with you Gigi! Having such a tiny garden, we mix our edibles with everything else as well.

Flo, I wish we could have patch of grass, but there is no where to put that patch. Grass always feels so nice under bare feet :)

Candy and Cake said...

Love the first and second pictures! Would like to try to create that in my backyard. Right now, it is just a bunch of grass since we moved in about 2 years ago. We would love to plant some strawberry and raspberry plants as well so the kids can pick their own berries as they did in our old place. So rewarding to have your own space where you can pick your own produce.

Candace

considered design said...

OK my turn (other half of Considered Design). To me a garden is an abstract representation, a microcosm of the world beyond its borders. It is filtered, edited and refocused by those who both design and ultimately make us of it. In this way there is no distinct hierachy of materials, plants become textures, forms and scents, inanimate becomes animate. Ultimately though, I think a garden should be about spatial experience...and yes... somtimes that can be in straight lines....

considered design said...

LOL he goes on a bit doesn't he!

sarah, flourish design + style said...

It was so much fun. Those are all amazing spaces, I wish we had the room to do something fabulous. Looking forward to seeing what you do! xx

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Although I appreciate all sorts of gardens, my own style is a wild riot of flowers and vines... loads of hydrangeas and gardenias, and windowboxes on every window.

Robe said...

Well said Considered2, do all those straight lines, hierarchies and abstract representations allow one to knock back and enjoy a quiet beer! Actually, I'm sure they do - I've seen you in "action"! ; )

jan said...

i've been thinking the same thing - what to do with our back (little mini backyard). Would love to build a long corner bench with cushions and pillows here and there, and then i'd love some water - like a mini pond with fish. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

Kerry said...

I love the charcoal pergola. I've just painted mine a stone colour and now I want to change it! I only have a small courtyard garden but have managed to start a small veggie plot, plant a maple, a white climbing rose and a magnolia (though that's in a pot) and there was existing star jasmine, honeysuckle and I've also potted white wisteria to hopefully cover the pergola next summer. You actually don't need all that much space as long as there's somewhere to hang out with friends and a cold refreshing...!

Razmataz said...

I particularly like the third one with the chartreuse chairs, although they are ALL stunning. My garden tends to be haphazard and needs some love. These lovley pictures inspire me to get cracking.....

koralee said...

I adore small garden courtyards....these are all so lovely...thank you for inspiring me to get going on my outside living space...hugs for a great weekend. xoo

jules @ The Diversion Project said...

this is where i put my hand half over my eyes and peer out and admit my garden has no style, and what's worse, my career is in landscape architecture!! isnt it always the way??

its not full of weeds, just very simple, big terrace with a big tree in the middle, some lawn, a canopy of vines, and a dog. few flowers here and there and a sun lounge. that's it. would like to bring a bit more of my work bling into the garden, but plan to do major reno's at some point, so i plan to just keep it simple for a while.

Gorgeous post, love it!jx

PinkPanthress said...

Love all those pretty gardens you did show us here and the Portfolio of Mrs. Renaud was also very interesting to peek into. :)

Oh, and if your garden is not big enough, you should try vertical gardening on espaliers. I think you can do that with tomatoes, zucchini & eggplants very well.

I love gardens but do not have my own. Here where I live, a garden is pure luxury.

Though, the flat I grew up in had a big garden.
My mother grew red-violet Tulips(her being turkish it was a must) next to strawberries, raspberries, green beans and other food.

Missing Goat said...

I like 7 foot high dirt hills - doesn't everyone? You never see these in the magazines. What pretty styled gardens these are..they seem familiar to me. Oh, I'm an ass, I know.

shari @ little blue deer said...

Those gardens are beautiful! I love the idea of indoor furniture outdoors, and I love a wildness with some structure. But my current garden style is actually nil! Boo!

Cristin said...

I love the outdoor fireplace... I want one!

xo,
cristin

flwrjane said...

I looked at these beautiful gardens, then I turned my head and looked out the door at mine. Oops, grass needs mowing, full of clover and dandelions, huge broom by door needs moving, Miss Kim lilac has grown too big, needs trimming (but it's covered with blooms) on and on and on. But it's Sunday and my day off and I'll be off to try and control Mother Nature? I lose and win at the same time.