Outdoor. Tuesday , December 12th , 2017 - 15:26:42 PM
Even when you group “like” plants, sometimes less is more. The neatly spaced succulents below are striking in their form, and the fact that they are separated by a blanket of basalt gravel makes them all the more prominent: Just as many modern landscaping techniques involve using gravel as a base, the use of greenery as a base can add interest and a sense of abundance. For example, planting rosemary around the base of a tree creates a green “stage” and makes the tree’s setting all the more special. Above and below, we see rosemary at the base of a crape myrtle tree. The tree’s pink blossoms are extra vibrant against the greenery that surrounds them. You can take this same concept and apply it to smaller additions around your yard, such as greenery in planters. For example, moss beautifully offsets the green succulent in the next featured planter.
The Trefle Collection is as much about functionality as it is about visual brilliance as these fabulous outdoor cushions are crafted using weather-resistant and embossed Jacquard fabric. Keeping out tough stains, water, UV rays and mould, each of these cushions has been crafted to stand the test of time and the vagaries of changing seasons. Of course, the true highlight of the series is the gorgeous clover-leaf-pattern on each of the cushions that brings vivacious charm to even the dullest outdoor hangout. These striking cushions come in a wide range of sizes and hues and you can either choose to introduce bright accent colors like orange with the Trèfle or just stick to more neutral colors like gray and blue. Combining them with charming outdoor benches, poolside loungers and comfortable chairs is the perfect way to put final touches on your dream backyard escape.
If you live in an area where it’s not practical to cultivate a lush, green lawn, you may be interested in creating a more drought-tolerant landscape by using native plants that don’t require much water. Xeriscaping is becoming increasingly popular, and even if you’re not looking to add large amounts of gravel to your yard, you can create an abundant look by grouping plants into clusters. After all, there’s power in numbers. Whether you saturate an area with a large number of the same plant or you introduce some variety by incorporating a couple of different types of native plants, you can get a modern look by planting greenery in rows or tidy groups. When “like” plants are placed together and more than one selection is involved, you can achieve eye-catching contrast. Or you can make a statement by including one different plant that stands out in the pack (scroll to the top of the post to see a lone blue agave plant take center stage in a sea of Mexican feather grass).
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