Saturday, January 23, 2010


Want to add lushness without taking up space? Put a vine on your house. Or espalier a woody shrub. Not much, above, but loads of lushness. And little maintenance. Rich, welcoming. Don't you want to know what the inside looks like? And the garden? Already sense you would like the owner?
Slow down, dahlings. 3 questions, above, are quite serious. And part of designing your landscape.
Ask those questions of your frontdoor & back patio area.
Color, empty pots, scale, path, axis, light fixture, bell pull, enfilade each play a role too. But I'm only speaking of the vine today. Isn't it amazing how the simplest of garden pictures is, in reality, a full landscape design course?
Garden & Be Well, XO Tara
Pic from Kathryn Ireland


Pamela Terry and Edward said...

I am besotted with vines.

La Petite Gallery said...

you have hit the nail on the head,
CURB APPEAL is so very important.
I have heard if you paint your door red it will sell the house, also it's good luck.
The vine is something I wanted
but the men say it will ruin the siding on the house and destroy the roof.What's your opion?? I want it. love the post.

Tara Dillard said...

Yvonne, Oh yes the trinity of men-house-vines. No worries.

Espaliered shrubs are perfect. They need no wires, no trellis & are pruned not to touch the house.

Giving the illusion of a vine with even LESS maintenance.

In my zone 8 I like to use Camellia sasanqua as evergreen espalier. And oakleaf hydrangea as deciduous espalier.

XO Tara

Cozy Little House said...

Vines are going to be a big part of my space this year.

A-M said...

So true, a full landscape design course in every post! ... all that from one little picture. Hubby and I went and did a front door check list after this one! A-M xx

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

Ooooh, I LOVE the idea of espaliered beautiful!