When you design outdoors you can use plants and trees as your statement decor. The Gilkesons wisely worked with the existing trees including a gorgeous crape myrtle which provides a striking, natural punctuation point in the walled garden. You can tell designers are at work here: the fabric colors on outdoor furniture perfectly coordinate with the caladium in a vibrant blue pot.
This hidden garden is a peaceful oasis in Charleston's downtown. It's also a lovely place for the Gilkeson's guests to wake up. The guest quarters, which are situated beyond the garden, feature a small living area, kitchen and other amenities that afford visitors both privacy and an incredible view.
Though white is the more usual color for garden trellises, fences and window boxes, black gates and window boxes in this Charleston garden give a more sophisticated look and don't tend to show wear and tear as quickly as white.
Think of your garden as an extension of your home and you will feel liberated to bring indoor design elements outside. Here, a mirror on a stone shelf gives the look of a mantel. Mirrors are also great ways to create the illusion of more space both indoors and out.
You'd never guess this stunning, lush, green oasis is located right off a busy Charleston street frequented by camera-wielding tourists. But homeowners Lynda Panaretos and John Gilkeson have created something special, a place to entertain and even house guests in an adorable outbuilding that makes the space feel like an island resort.
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.
City Garden With Salvaged Wood Wall and Potting Table
In this small urban outdoor patio, a salvaged wood wall and potting table satisfy the city gardener. Climbing vines and potted plants, including a terrarium, create a lush space, while a candelabra adds ambiance for outdoor dining.
A small collection of bonsai adds an element of green to the space. The indoor Japanese container garden utilizes natural stone that is in keeping with the the stone elements seen in the outdoor space. A few stepping stones allows for easy access into the garden.