Get the Look – Minimal Curb Appeal

Steal this Look, Uncategorized

It has been awhile since I have done a “Get the Look” post and they are actually my favorite to write. In the landscape it is easy to be able to apply the look and feel of an inspiration photo, but it is often difficult to ID the correct plants and materials. For this post, I found a design in the May issue of Canada House and Home by Kim Price of Kim Price Landscape Design. She used only four plant types and two surfaces, but used in mass groupings to create maximum impact.

In the design plants are used in mass, and the surfaces are used to delineate between different groupings. Indiana Limestone is used for the walkway to separate the ornamental grasses from the low growing junipers. Corten Steel is used to create a raised planter box for the Maples and vinca.

In the photo above, the warm tones of the weathered steel stand out from the crisp greens of the plants and cool limestone. However in the fall months, the Flame Amur Maple turns a rusty red which will complement the steel. You can really see how the color palate changes with the season in the image below.

Steal this Look – Rustic Italian

Agave, Boston Ivy, Gravel, Italian, Rhododendron, Steal this Look, Wisteria

While searching some older magazines I came across this image of a Italian courtyard.The garden is located outside Milan Italy and does not look like a typical Italian (Tuscan) garden. I am an advocate for covering garden walls/homes with ivy and climbers to provide additional interest to your garden. Here are some details if you like this look and would like to recreate with the same plants (plus a few tips).
Happy Planting!

Seen in Veranda September 2009