Fling 2014: Danger Garden & Thoughts On Style
A stylish garden led to thoughts on garden style. The current hot style of today in both homes and gardens is "mid century modern". Characterized by bent plywood and wire furniture, lights and containers like flying saucers, minimalism, horizontals low-slung. The Danger garden offered an updated mid century modern style updated, with lusher plantings and a softer, friendlier feel than the 1950's original.
Horizontal lines in the fencing:
Eames, Saarinen. Garrett Ekbo and Dan Kiley. Outside, lines and grids, rectangles, architectural plants--"architectural" meaning the emphasis is on the shape of the leaves and the plant, not the color or the flowers.
Chartreuse, tangerine, oil-rubbed bronze, steel, galvanized.
Evoking the confidence of the space age and the postwar economic boom, but updated with modern materials and greater plant choices (those vast green lawns are history).
The succulent gardens of the 1960s meant stark white gravel and a Cereus jammed against the garage wall. Today's interpretation is lush in contrast with the starker 1960s.
Older people can recall the optimism of that era with wistful nostalgia. Younger people like the era's sleek iPhone lines and the affordability of minimalism.
Big foliage is big.
Is it that we are fascinated by our grand parent's era? Those born in the 1940's and 1950's remember Granny's Craftsman bungalow; Those born in the 1980's and 1990's are charmed by Granny's Eichler. Though each generation makes a style their own, picking through the cluttered attic that is the past, and adding chunks of the present.
The Danger Garden was devoted to plants grown mainly for the beauty of their foliage; it was by no means all about style.
This might be a Senecio of some sort. Or maybe not.
A touch of floral beauty. The garden was not all foliage.
The garden was meticulous. Really meticulous.
Pottery can supply a splash of color in a foliage garden. A foliage garden seems disciplined, and restrained. This can be misleading...
...restraint in plant selection is not the same as restraint in plant acquisition.
Lovely garden. The emphasis on foliage and unity of style made for a restful mood. After a long hot day of garden-hopping, we needed it.