Rocks, natural woods and plants with four-season appeal played starring roles at the recent 2013 Northwest Flower & Garden Show. This Asian-inspired garden was just one of several naturalistic demonstration gardens that helped visitors forget they were indoors on a chilly February day in Seattle.
Find garden ideas for your home by seeing how these talented landscape designers used stones, woods, evergreens and other natural elements to create a wide variety of garden spaces. Take a tour …
At the 2013 Northwest Flower and Garden Show, I was delighted to speak on vertical gardening, as well as enjoy all the great demonstration gardens and presentations. Here are several clever uses of rocks, natural woods and plantings from the show.
The quiet beauty of this IP Man garden, designed by Iftikhar Ahmed of TreeLine Designz International, creates a Zen-like setting worthy of a legendary martial arts master. (Click on photos to enlarge them.)
Rare, wild and little-seen plant species are treasured and protected in The Lost Gardener, an exotic garden design by RHR Horticulture – Landwave Gardens.
Rocks and boulders of all sizes create a wild, natural setting reminiscent of movies like Jurassic Park and Raiders of the Last Ark.
A trio of majestic boulders create a focal point with smaller boulders underneath, and evergreens and shrubs scattered around. Giant slabs of wood make tables well suited in this nature-based wine bar, while square wooden chairs add a modern touch to the overall look.
Bergenia ‘Abendglut’ and other beach-hardy plants snuggle up to boulders, rocks and driftwood in this private Beach Garden designed by Plantswoman Design.
A giant rock becomes the inspiration for this fountain by Butchart Gardens. The natural setting makes it hard to believe this pretty little garden is located inside a busy convention center.
Speaking of fountains, I spotted lots of diverse ones at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show this year. I’ll share those with you next … And I found a bunch of clever design ideas that will help you create great outdoor spaces at home. I’ll share those soon too.
How are you using rocks, woods and plants with four-season interest in your garden?
See garden trends from 2012 Northwest Flower & Garden Show.
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