garden inspiration

This is not a how to article, TGG readers… it is an inspirational post about learning to open our eyes, and remember that the reason we garden isn’t just to create good curb appeal, or to impress the neighbor across the street. We garden because it is our opportunity to nurture our own little creation of nature. To help it grow and prosper, to learn from its ability to adapt, and to adjust our expectations when nature throws us a curve ball. Nature offers us so many rewards, and it’s good to remember that it doesn’t fit neatly into a box. In fact, it shouldn’t. Because I believe gardening, like nature, is part of our lives to inspire us to create. To be creative. To think, much as I hate the overused term, “outside the box”.

So here we go readers, check out these inspirational gardens that stretch our thinking and our imaginations. From the simplest combination of plant and structure, to complex roof gardens, and everything in between and outside those lines… take these ideas, scale them down if you will and incorporate just a little bit of creative extremism into your most special spaces!

garden inspiration
Image Credits: i.imgur.com, oregonlive

garden inspiration

garden inspiration

garden inspiration
Image Credits: i.imgur.com, oregonlive

garden inspiration

garden inspiration

garden inspiration rooftop garden



4 Comments

  1. Mary Jessop February 24, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Could someone please tell me how have they planted the roof in the last photo on here, it looks so beautiful, I would love to try to do it!!!
    Yours Sincerely
    Mary Jessop

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    1. Kathy Woodard February 24, 2014 at 8:53 pm

      Hi Mary,
      Although I haven’t (yet) planted a roof garden, there is a great article on it in this months issue of Country Style Gardening Magazine, I saw it on the newsstands this last weekend!

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  2. Christina Bertoni July 11, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    I would LOVE to see some ideas for curb verges or curb strip alternatives to scabby grass.
    It’s hard to know the right term, but it’s the lawn strip between sidewalk and lawn.
    Any ideas?

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    1. the other robin December 6, 2014 at 1:42 pm

      Hi! This is a fun book that I came across for your exact quandary. Where I’m from, we call that space “the boulevard”, but “hell strip” might be a better term! Check it out! http://www.timberpress.com/books/hellstrip_gardening/hadden/9781604693324
      You can also google “hell strip gardens” and click “images”. I tend to favor the low-water ones, but where I live, we’re in a drought! So that explains that!

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