I finally visited the world’s coolest plant nursery, Flora Grubb Gardens. There is so much inspiration here for creating stunning gardens and outdoor living spaces with low maintenance, water wise plants, and every kind of succulent under the sun (and lots of gorgeous stuff for indoor plants too). They also offer design services and classes, and the staff is unbelievably friendly, helpful, and knowledgable. Here’s what I learned from this visit:
- Go for low maintenance plants that thrive in your soil, water, and light situation. Be realistic about how much time you have for watering and other gardening work.
- Get your color and drama with foliage instead of flowers.
- Your garden will feel bigger and be more functional if you divide it into spaces: living areas, passageways
- Containers provide color and (flexible) structure. Use containers in a variety of sizes but in similar colors and materials.
- Invest in large scale containers the way you would in hardscaping or furniture.
- Use multiples: repeat plants, plant types, containers, and objects for a more cohesive look.
- Plant and accessorize your vertical spaces.
- Shop your local nurseries. While I do use the big box stores, there’s no substitute for a local nursery and the deep knowledge the staff has of the plants.