So with all this talk of fall we’re still in the 100’s here in Austin and my leafy green plants are needing lots of extra TLC. My Century plant however is THRIVING!!! It really motivates me to design more with succulents and cactus in the yard…
Cactus prefer the heat and dry conditions, ie the desert that is my front yard right now!
I found Danger Garden’s blog looking for Pineapple Lily care instructions and went on dreaming of what a fabulous landscape project xeriscaping would be looking at their Southern California Desert Garden photo tour.
I am going to start small though, in containers. I’m so in love with these geometric, wobbly looking ceramic pieces I found on our Pinterest page and Succulents are perfect for them! They look great in terrariums too…
The wealth of succulent textures is amazing. Mixing scale and repeating shapes can be an easy way to create harmony in a garden or container. This beautiful pathway was in our Tumblr blog a few months back.
From small to big installations these
plants are hardy, tolerating
low light and extreme heat.
Keep it green Austin, even in the heat with these hardy plants that can take our extended summers!!!
Remember to keep to our Water Restrictions. Even though we are only at Schedule 1 restrictions we need to conserve…
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Summer colors are always a favorite in design. Vibrant hues and bold textures celebrate the freedom of vacation season and remind us of far away places!!!
Lime green Button Poms pack a punch in floral creations with their distinct color and small perfect circle shape … One of our newest creations, the “2nd Street”, for our Austin Exclusives Collection shows off Poms in a sleek modern design.
Gerbera Daisies with their cheerful and brilliant tones almost always make an appearance this time of year. My favorite (for the moment) combination of hot pink and orange combines Pantone’s “color of the year” - Tangerine Tango with last year’s Pantone pick - Honeysuckle but then turn up the volume. Side note: a design world trick is to combine the industry color from the prior year with this year’s color to keep on trend!
This summer in fashion there are tons of floral prints. Our TUMBLR blog is full of terrific fabrics and designs that play with florals in unexpected ways. This Dolce dress uses texture in such a creative way and another of my favorite color combos… orange and blue.
We get so many requests for blue in arrangements. Naturally occurring blue flowers aren’t usually available and painting the flowers isn’t always the most elegant option. I encourage you to think about using vibrant containers in unexpected hues to start arrangements on any occasion, but especially when you want to pull in a color not usually found in nature.
Over the pond florals stayed a bit demure at the Olympics but Liberty of London put out this gorgeous sunflower print this season… you can always count on Liberty for dynamic, flowery prints!
Like the green grass courts at Wimbledon, Green Trick reminds us of fresh blades of summer grass between our toes! This textural accent has emerged this season as a favorite in modern arrangements.
With all the fun colors of summer we find that you can have your cake and eat it too, if you get creative and EMBRACE THE BOLD!
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