Posts Tagged ‘Garden Design’

While in Spain last year, I came across the work of Madrid-based landscape designer Fernando Martos. I was captivated by his ability to mix color and texture so beautifully. See below.

What beautiful  & inspiring gardens!

Happy weekend!

~ Shannon

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Happy Friday! Every year at this time The Garden Conservancy organizes tours of gorgeous private gardens all over the country. I’ve been attending these tours for about 6 years now and I always walk away inspired! This Sunday is the Pasadena (California) tour so I thought I would share some ideas from a gorgeous Pasadena estate I toured several years ago.

I loved this custom-made trellis (above) and how it framed the entry to the home so beautifully.


They also added this gorgeous climbing rose, ‘Eden’ from David Austin Roses, which highlights the entry to the home even more.

For a bit more drama they added two lollipop Gardenia trees on the front porch — very pretty.


Cafe lights are fabulous because they always add a festive mood to any garden.

Whether squared or rounded, shaping your shrubs is always a good idea.

Here’s another example of a big statement made with exterior lights — love these over the outdoor dining area.

Click here for more information on The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Garden Tours.

Have a great weekend!

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Not only are Agaves extremely easy to maintain and have an excellent sculptural quality, they also add drama to any garden. They grow best in Mediterranean and Southwest climates, but can also be grown in containers in colder climates as long as they are protected in the winter. Agaves are incredibly versatile and look gorgeous in many different garden styles from Mediterranean to traditional. They are possibly one of my favorite plants to add to a garden.

via C Home

Agaves look fantastic planted with ground cover like sedum or simply planted in gravel, as in the above photo.

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 Scott Shrader Design

 Scott Shrader Design

I love the contrast between the blue agave and the dark green boxwood.

via Elle Decor

They are also very fun in containers

via Casa Cook

I bring them indoors as well

One of the most impressive things to see is when an agave flowers


Some of my favorite Agaves to use in a garden or in containers —

Happy Thursday!

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One of my favorite places to visit here in Southern California is the Desert Garden at The Huntington in San Marino. The garden has one of the largest outdoor collections of cacti & succulents in the world with more than 2,000 species.

An amazing Cereus xanthocarpus

Golden Barrel Cactus + Agave Parryi

Aloe arborescens (Torch Aloe)

Golden Barrel + Cleistocactus


My favorite — Agave Parryi

Torch Aloe


Some of my favorites to add to the garden….

Have a great Thursday!



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Situated high on a cliff with gorgeous views of the sea is the botanical garden, Santa Clotilde. It was designed by Nicolau Rubio i Tuduri in 1919 and was claimed to be the most important private garden of 20th century Spain.


The garden is reminiscent of an Italian Renaissance style with manicured shrubs, statues and beautiful fountains.

It’s a gorgeous garden with Italian cyprus, agaves, cactus, purple & white Agapanthus, ivy, oleander and many more lovely plants.

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Two years ago I had the pleasure to work with a client on a project along the coast of Central California. We landscaped the backyard first and then several months later worked on the front yard. Recently, my client was kind enough to send me updated photos on the project’s progress.















 Have a wonderful Thursday!

~ Shannon

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Enjoying a beautiful meal on the patio is something many of us love to do and with the weather finally cooling down, especially here in Southern California, I’m looking forward to spending more of my evenings outside. A photo that has been a big inspiration to me, for this very purpose, is the one below from House Beautiful.

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Get the Look!

  1. Wooden Bowl
  2. Verona Ivory Flatware
  3. Pillow
  4. Outdoor Table
  5. Chandelier
  6. Tablecloth 
  7. Glassware 
  8. Candle Holders
  9. Mirror

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