|Carolyne Roehm's Charleston Garden|
I have made so much progress with my plans for the garden. Yesterday I did lots of reading and research. As you know, the color palette in my home is blue and white with pink and green. These are the same colors I love in the garden. I am personally not a fan of using a mix of every color in the garden - I do not care for orange or yellow, for example. I also like the color palette to flow together, inside and out. And I like an anchor of green with pops of pink, white, and blue.
I was so fortunate that in this lovely garden I inherited, there are stunning Royal Palms (the most beautiful of all the palms,), coral pink Ixora, deep pink Bougainvellia, red Hibiscus, a huge hedge of Viburnum, and many other beautiful plants. One tip - when I moved in, the previous owners had been having the gardener tightly prune everything in little balls, cutting off all the blooms in the process. The entire garden was green balls. It was difficult to even know what things were.
I told the gardener, who I kept, that I would take over pruning, and I now have gorgeous flowering shrubs. Live with your new garden a while until you figure out what you have - one ugly big ball turned out to be the most stunning Bougainvellia.
I've decided to have large swaths of blue Agapanthus lining the approach to the front door with my pair of vintage blue and white Chinese garden stools and my blue reclaimed lobster door mat. The foliage is beautiful year round and the flowers are stunning.
|My Front Entrance|
I have a large vintage urn and am looking for an Agave Americana for it today.
Here is a view from my living room.
And look up the oak tree and see who was watching me. My new friend.
I love Carolyne Roehm's Charleston garden with its palms and blue and white Chinese porcelain. My community is very strict though - you can only have three decorative objects in front of the house and they can be no further than 6 feet from the structure. My neighbor had an urn with flowers and they made her move it because it was 10 feet from the house. Luckily the garden stools flanking the front door do not count.