Shade encroached lawn, below, so it was removed & a gravel path was added with a row of boxwoods.
Then, unexpectedly, a gift of huge pots with boxwoods, and an entryway was created, below.
This is a new portion of Susanne Hudson's famous Douglasville, GA garden. Her garden is on the Penny McHenry Hydrangea Festival tour this Saturday/Sunday.
Aside from being in magazines, on TV and tours, Susanne's garden should also be famous for how easy it is to maintain.
And, deer proof.
Susanne's garden reads like a Garden Design Manual.
Garden Design Elements:
Complete architecture above, ceiling, walls, floors, doorways, rooms.
Hallway (gravel path)
Foyer (zone between arbor/boxwood in pots/end of gravel path)
Walls ( fence, side of house, hedges)
Color (house/fence white theme)
Color ( layers of green, dark green, light green)
Color (granite gravel chosen to flow with white theme vs. brown river pebbles)
Ceiling (sky is designed by framing with canopy & understory trees)
Entryways (the more entryways a garden has the better a garden is)
Ballroom (invitation to the ballroom via the arbor, implied mystery, the garden beckons you)
Parlor (invitation to the parlor thru the large boxwood pots)
Art on the Wall (house is backdrop to the garden)
Art on the Wall (one focal point/area is the macro rule, here it's the arbor)
Flooring (gravel, low meadow)
Garden Design is Interior Design with different arrows in the quiver. When you see a garden you like, there is a language to describe every element. Learn the language, in this lone pic, above, and your quiver will be full for any garden you see moving forward.
When I give this lecture, I move to a new pic, use the laser pointer, and let the audience shout out what it is. By the 3rd picture all are fluent. Even those that were skeptical. Name it to claim it is true for garden design. Once you can name it, you can put it in your own garden.
Garden & Be Well, XO Tara
Pic taken by Susanne Hudson. Spent the night with Susanne earlier this week, preparing for my lecture at the Penny McHenry Hydrangea Festival this Saturday, 2pm, in the new courthouse.