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The neutral paving and gravel in this beautiful courtyard infill blend seamlessly with the building. The blue-green planted containers flanking the front doors are the really clever finishing details. The color of these planters follows the dark green of the foliage to complete the design. Containers can make a dramatic, witty or even subtle statement in any garden.
Check out the extra touches that make this design stand out: the pebble base of the pond and the planting between the pavers. The pebbles in the pond floor provide texture and depth. The planted gaps in the paving echo the gaps between the steps.
Here, pebble-filled gabions support these planted rill-style beds. This design detail not only adds a new texture, but also creates a smooth transition from the steel of the rill to the gravel below.
It is always important to keep with the mood and style of surrounding buildings when installing a pergola, but that doesn't mean its construction has to be primitive and simple.
The beautiful details of this pergola remind me of the furniture designed by the Scottish artist Charles Rennie Macintosh in the late 1800s. The jointing is a delight and adds interest in the garden even when it's not covered with climbers.
The amazing construction of the rill supports in this garden creates a sculptural look with a functional use. The bolts and method of construction show clearly for extra texture and reflection. Keep in mind that you don't always need to hide the building method in the garden — instead, make a feature of it.
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Yellow-red succulents look as though they are trying to escape through this contemporary pole fence, leading the eye through the space while still forming a physical barrier.
Plantings can often take us by surprise — especially when their shape, color or texture is used as a specific detail in a garden's design.
Many of us are faced with the problem of unsightly drains or drain covers in our gardens. The spreading foliage of Baby Tears, Soleirolia soleirolii, turns a drain cover into a standout feature. The designer used a mixture of the standard green Soleirolia as well as the gold variety Soleirolia soleirolii 'Aurea'.
Planting note: Soleirolia grows in sunny or partial shade conditions and is easily controlled by judicial pruning.
Container gardening is not always about flowers and bright colors. This simple container reinforces the design's contemporary style, while the green-gray of the succulents contrasts perfectly against the steel.
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