Many elements of Pam's garden felt familiar to me when I walked into it.
|Pam replaced a conventional lawn with Berkeley sedge (Carex divulsa)|
|The large central bed at the front of her house relies more on green plants than flowers|
|The wonderful stock tank pond in the back that immediately identifies this as Pam's garden|
|The sign over the pool announces that we're in Austin!|
Touring Pam's garden gave me a greater appreciation for her approach to its design. I was impressed by the variety of seating areas dotted throughout the property, all in suitably shady settings.
|Rustic seating in the side garden|
|A more contemporary dining set on the back deck|
|Adirondack style seating next to the pool|
|Another seating area on the patio featuring blue accents|
|I can't recall exactly where this seating area was any longer but I remember that it looked like a comfortable place for a chat|
I noticed the frequency with which she repeated elements to create themes.
|Repetition increased the impact of each element|
I noticed how she used red and blue color to lend cohesion to the garden as a whole.
|In addition to these decorative elements, red was repeated in the chairs on the deck, the pool umbrella, and the Austin sign next to the pool|
|Blue color was also used repeatedly. In addition to the doors and decorative items shown here, it appeared in the bottle tree, an outdoor rug on the patio, and numerous pots|
I noticed her use of tables, shelves and even pots to stage plants and collectibles.
|I've always admired the Dasylirion longissimum planted in the tall steel pipe planter near her front entry - talk about setting a stage!|
Like most gardeners of my acquaintance, Pam has lots of potted plants. Some on tables, some tucked into corners, and others serving as focal points. Many of these pots had a personality all their own.
Evidence that she is a proud Texan was also scattered about.
|In addition to the Austin sign, I spotted Texas stars here and there throughout the garden. If you look closely at the (admittedly poor) photo on the right, you'll see steel stars embedded in the gravel path.|
The best takeaways from a garden tour are the ideas one brings back to one's own space. The value of repeating design elements just as one repeats plants was one of these in the case of Pam's garden.
|Here Pam took a relatively small plant, tucked it into a tall planter and topped it with fanciful metal pieces to raise its height still further. This is another idea I've tucked away in the back of my mind for future use.|
|I was instantly charmed by this hanging teapot creation. I'd try something similar except that chimes always "mysteriously" disappear in my garden (courtesy of my husband, who dislikes them in principle).|
Thank you, Pam, for inviting us to parade through your garden! Thanks as well for all the hard work you, Diana, and Laura put into organizing this 10th anniversary Fling!
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