A Sweet Garden
So here’s another garden we saw in the Bay Area during the Fling. This one belonged to garden designer Rebecca Sweet of the blog Gossip In The Garden. This was a garden that conveyed comfort and a green coziness, especially compared to some of the starker California gardens.
First, the front yard. I loved this front yard. Particularly how the plantings and brick hardscape were used to define the small, round lawn. This turns upside down the usual practice of using brick or pavers to define walks or flower beds. At the same time, I found the use of soft plantings to create a sense of enclosure in the front yard (again, a departure from the usual) very appealing.
Most of the garden was in the back yard. We were still in California, so there have to be succulents. However, the succulents were massed and combined with other types of plants to create more of a sense of abundance.
Toward the back of the garden, there is a sort of one room garden cottage.
A look inside reveals a one room space that is far more orderly and tasteful than my own house has ever been.
The fences are used to grow various vertical and climbing plants, including roses and oleander.
There was a very fine fountain.
The overall backyard is organized around a rectangular lawn, which is surrounded by mixed borders and spaces for family and friends.
There are nooks where one or two people can relax.
And a really nice pergola-covered patio adjoining the house. A perfect place for family meals.
This was a garden I could really feel at home in. However, we all had to return to the coach for the drive back to San Francisco.
My next post: a cry for help from my ‘Westerland’ rose.