Old Man Winter’s ferocity in 2015 has become a constant topic of conversation. And while we can’t control the forecast, we can offer a blissful peek into a pastoral local garden and bring some sweet dreams of springtime. Our friends at Floralis in Atlanta, GA, reveal this glorious project they did for a client, adding outdoor dining space and expanding the garden after a pool and pool house renovation. They took full advantage of complete outdoor living possibilities, creating a captivating environment that would accommodate al fresco entertaining, as well as foster a love of gardening and provide seasonal interest.
The space gains structure from a cryptomeria hedge, as well as boxwood rounds and hedges. Apricot roses, fragrant viburnum, reblooming hydrangeas, blue and white flowering catmint, foxgloves, bearded iris and other mixed perennials highlight that structure with consistent color. A kitchen garden includes pomegranate, rosemary, strawberries and thyme for permanence with other herbs and vegetables, such as tomatoes, basil, peppers, dill, eggplant that are rotated seasonally.
The subtle tones of the bluestone pool terrace provide the perfect backdrop for blooming containers planted with a mixture of evergreens and flowering seasonal plants chosen for both their prolific color and textural qualities. As the season progresses, these burst with shades of purples and blues and glints of pale yellow. Such careful consideration of hues and flowering cycles blend hardscape and landscape together seamlessly, as though they all appeared simultaneously.
Whether tiptoeing through tulips or planning a palatial patio, now is the time to consider plantings and notice the natural tendencies of your existing garden space. Notice sun and shade spots, observe drainage and run-off patterns, and contemplate an overall vision. For a big project, enlist the aid of professionals to at least help explain the options or maybe even draw up some sketches that will inspire new ideas.
To see more Floralis projects and get some inspiration for your own outdoor space, visit floralisdesign.com and peruse the gallery.