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Garden Design

As Spring approaches we begin to look to the garden. Our garden is basically a ‘green garden” so it is not that hard to plant new accent colors. I happen to like roses and we have set an area for a rose garden. I use my Sunbrella collection throughout the garden My wide stripe “Upland” is now 15 years old and loves the intense California sun.

Succulent Centerpiece

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Such an easy way to root succulents and create a centerpiece for a table in the garden. These plants can then be planted and potting soil to start a new decorative succulent plant. I especially like the subtle colors against the terra-cotta dish.

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My Daughter’s Garden

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What a thrill to watch my daughter Beth’s garden grow. With the talents of my son-in-law Philippe and Beth’s talent for cooking and gardening it has given me great joy. Also fun to watch the two sisters enjoy exchanging garden ideas and Philippe’s garden lattice and accessories (such as this beautiful urn) make their garden a very special place. Check out<a href="www.accentsoffrance.com“> accentsoffrance.com.

Succulents

I am a big fan of these plants. They can be a beautiful addition to your garden in pots. Easily moved, enjoy lots of water and filtered light but I like to bring them indoors for table decorations and spots in the living room but remember only a short period. They are meant to be outdoors. Very rewarding and very easy to root in dirt or water.IMG_5440OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Garden Color

I like a “touch” of color in our garden. The garden is basically green but I like to place geraniums, impatiens and roses to give a “pop” of color. Most of these flowers are in pots and I do change and rotate depending on the season.

Geraniums in bright pink are put in strategic places such as the entry.

Geraniums in bright pink are put in strategic places such as the entry.

I also like to use my Sunbrella fabrics to add color. We contantly change pillows and table covers.

I also like to use my Sunbrella fabrics to add color. We contantly change pillows and table covers.

The rose garden blooms all summer in shades of red and pink.

The rose garden blooms all summer in shades of red and pink.

Hydrangeas also bring a wonderful pop of color but they are not as hardy.

Hydrangeas also bring a wonderful pop of color but they are not as hardy.

Topiaries I Love

I have been collecting Topiary frames for many years. The shapes and sizes add architecture to our garden. So easy to train ivy onto these frames and watch them take shape. I also like to keep a few without plant material; the charming shapes are just as effective in various parts of the garden, much like garden sculpture.

On this shape, I trained varigated ivy from my daughter Meg's wedding. A very nice "keepsake."

On this shape, I trained varigated ivy from my daughter Meg’s wedding. A very nice “keepsake.”

Container Gardening

I have enjoyed container gardening in many different parts of the country where I have lived; from Connecticut to Ohio and now California. The reason I like to garden in containers is the flexibilty of beinging able to move these pots to various spots in the garden where color is needed. The most important hint is to feed these potted

I like to rotate various plants in front of our fountain. Here for the summer is an ivy geranium. A nice pop of color as you enter the courtyard.

I like to rotate various plants in front of our fountain. Here for the summer is an ivy geranium. A nice pop of color as you enter the courtyard.

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