Powder coated steel raised beds grow a harvest in a spot where soil isn’t conducive to gardening. This 5.5-foot bed hosts a blend of herbs, vegetables and flowers. Plant this garden in three rows front to back. Use these plants from left to right: (front row) one Spicy Globe basil and one six-pack of red leaf lettuce; (middle row) one chives and two bok choi; (back row) plant one each Spicy Globe basil, kale, lavender, calendula, sweet basil, lavender and kale.
This vertical garden offers a contemporary spin on the more traditional garden wall. The oversized, textured medallion serves as a focal point, though plants in a mixture of textures, colors and shapes draw the eye onward, and raised redwood beds ground the space.
The French Country-style family room features windows or French doors on three sides of the space that open up to the wraparound garden and ocean view. The garden is filled with edible plants and show flowers, including cutting beds and climbing roses, citrus trees and lavender bushes, grape vineyards and raised vegetable beds.
The homeowners wanted raised beds where they could plant annuals, vegetables, herbs and succulents, so designers added a series of steel planters to meet their needs. Since the space is visually connected to home office, the homeowners can enjoy the lovely view of their home grown goodies while they work.
An unused area in the yard was used to create a large raised bed garden. The grass in the area wasn't growing properly due to poor soil;, but it received sun all day. Varying heights were used to accommodate root systems of different kind of plants, and to create visual interest. The addition of string lights makes it a wonderful "room" in the evening for cocktails under the stars.
Plantings for a retreat can also include things that serve up a taste explosion, like this hanging basket cherry tomato (Tomato ‘Terenzo’ F1). Plant breeders are developing more and more edible plants for containers, including strawberry, blackberry, raspberry and blueberry. You can easily raise tomato, pepper, English peas or greens in pots. With all of these crops, eating sun-ripened produce becomes part of your retreat experience. As you shop for edible plants to grow in containers, look for plant tags with words like "snacking," "patio," "pot" or other size indicators (mini, dwarf, Tom Thumb, Wee Be Little). If you look up plant names online, most descriptions should include specific tips about best pot size for growing.
Linking the home and its garden and blurring the line between the two is part of what makes this garden design so successful. Details like the bountiful window box filled with flowers and plants and the raised beds close to the home beautifully connect interior and exterior and give this space its unique mix of elegance and coziness.
The potential of the lower rear yard is realized in this transformation that preserves some of the original trees while adding new border plantings, a folly in the classic Greek style, and a retaining wall with enclosed raised beds. The stairway leads to the second section of the lower yard where a courtyard, fireplace and greenhouse share an outdoor entertainment space with a two story pavilion.
Double blooms adorn this favorite fragrant bloomer. This is a dwarf variety that grows 2 feet tall and up to 4 feet wide. Indoors, raise plants in terra-cotta pots to help prevent root rot. Water only when soil is dry. Bright light near a south, east or western window is ideal. For best flowering, provide a temperature difference of 10 to 15 degrees between day and night. Botanical name: Gardenia jasminoides ‘Crown Jewel’