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Garden Lifestyle – Color

I had the great opportunity to work with the very talented designer Caitlin McCarthy of Caitlin & Caitlin on a patio garden in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. Silver Lake is a very hilly neighborhood, so many of the homes are terraced into the hillsides. If you spend any time outdoors, your daily exercise is built in simply by hiking up and down stairs. This job entailed designing and installing container gardens on upper and lower patios as well as planting a privacy hedge and refreshing the plants in the front yard. Working on this project got me thinking about how important color is when creating a garden lifestyle for my clients. In addition to the plants chosen, outdoor furniture, area rugs, planters, and accessories all provide opportunity to add color into an outdoor living space.

The house and patios are painted a lovely shade of dark grey. Grey is one of my favorite neutrals with which to work. On the upper dining patio, Caitlin had placed a strong, concrete colored table over a sky blue area rug. The chairs are  forest green with white cushions. For the planters, I chose contemporary white self watering planters from Lechuza. I’ve used these planters several times because they are attractive, well made, and have the self watering feature, which is great if you’re no so good at remembering to water on a regular basis. I planted them with pigmy date palms and succulents. On the table, I placed a sky blue glazed ceramic center piece planter filled with succulents.

Sky blue works well with grey and white.LA garden lifestyle: green palm trees on the patio and in the distance.Custom painted wall garden frames by Gro VertOrange and cobalt blue against the brightly painted door.