I want a formal garden, but alas, I am certain I would kill it. I would spend a load of cash getting it right and then a few months later, I would notice that it was turning brown. The picture above is from this summer's Kips Bay Decorator Show House in NYC. The landscape architect is Daniel Richards of Plant Specialists, LLC. It looks manageable. It's in containers and most of the plants are perennials and look very hardy. Keeping them trimmed would be the issue for me, as my personal gardener is my husband, and a very busy man. How hard is it? Could I maintain it myself? Does it have to be trimmed everyday? Below are more pictures of the garden I long to create.
I love the trees in the back, but how do you keep the tops squared off?
This one looks a little too busy--but I like the bricks.
This is another image from Plant Specialists, and again it seems manageable. I have tried to locate the white planters from the first picture, but have had no luck so far. I found the image in New York Home magazine, and it says they are from IAP San Francisco, but I can't find a website. I did find some other beautiful containers and garden accoutrement: The red planter is very striking and I like the shape, but I don't think it would work in my color scheme, which seems to be shades of green, white and grey--as usual. The planters, obelisk and colorful sculpture are all from IOTA garden company.
I like this chaise lounge.
This is a lovely hot tub, but not a very good picture. I have to learn how to move these pictures around. I also need to figure out an easier way of adding the links.
Pretty, but not very modern.
Nice lighting is always important. I also really like how these shrubs are contained.
Again, container gardening and my favorite color scheme.