I recently picked up the October issue of Veranda magazine, and I found something so inspiring that I decided to take some photos. Let me first tell you that I do NOT have a green thumb, and everything I plant withers away quite quickly. Over the summer I spent time planting and caring for a lot of plants, and sadly they are all gone now. I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s best for me to just drool over beautiful landscapes than to actually try to create them myself. That’s where this article comes in.
I was immediately drawn to the color scheme- well of course I’m drawn to anything purple- but my husband’s favorite color is green. I truly love the combination of the two. This garden also reminded me of an Alice-y garden,with rows of evergreens and brick pathways. The photos are of a Dutch landscape designer’s own personal garden, outside of Amsterdam. Piet Oudolf has turned his beautiful estate into a ‘testing ground’ for his design and unusual plant choices. The design is created from circular beds edged in brick. Isn’t it just breathtaking?
“My garden has an emotional atmosphere. I feel the energy from the plants as they grow and bloom.”
When I worked as an artist for a local video game company, we released a game called ‘Enchanted Gardens‘- and my job was to create four beautiful gardens for the game. I spent hours and hours researching garden designs, and I would have loved to see this article during that time. So of course, these gardens remind me of that time, and also of other game environments that I have seen. I have been playing an online game, Aion, on and off for almost a year now. Here is a screenshot of an area in the game that reminds me of this color scheme:
(If you were under the impression that all video games were blood and guts, think again. There really are some beautiful landscapes created for these games, and the artists and designers are extremely talented.)
For now, I’m satisfied with feeling inspired by these things. Maybe one day I’ll hire a professional to create a garden of my dreams =)