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by Timber Press on July 12, 2010

in Design

On a warm day in Portland, I decided that much the best way to spend the day would be to look through our design books for some cool retreats. It’s getting hot here, and the idea of a cool retreat is very appealing. Some lounging could take place. Some lemonade could be sipped. General satisfaction with life could be felt. Weeds could be ignored.

I rounded up some of The Usual Suspects when it comes to “gardens that I wish I had now, immediately, this instant”, and set to flipping.

Ferns + a bench + dappled shade = instant relaxation. Lauren Springer Ogden and Scott Ogden shows dozens of enviable resting spots in Plant-Driven Design, but this one most fits the mood that I’m looking for.

Keeyla Meadows, an adventuress with color, shared this image of a blue gate in Fearless Color Gardens. It’s the kind of gate that makes me want to go thorough it. There is bound to be something fun inside.

If I lived in this house in California, I don’t think I’d ever leave the pool. As Debra Lee Baldwin points out in Succulent Container Gardens, the agaves make great sculptural accents. And the sky and the sea? They are just flat-out beautiful.

Since my own backyard is decidedly more modest, I dove into Big Gardens in Small Spaces, by Martin Cox, for smaller scale ideas. I would feel very cozy and pleased with life sitting on this petite patio.


And for the pièce de résistance in perfect lounging spaces, I turned to The New Low-Maintenance Garden, by Valerie Easton. Heavens to Betsy, people. There are more amazing gardens in this book than you can shake a rake at. It makes me positively verklempt. The colors. The flowers. The grape vine arbors. I am woozy with jealousy.

valerie easton garden

What kinds of things do you look for in a relaxing garden space?

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1 Loree / danger garden July 12, 2010 at 10:31 am

Great post! I love seeing the different photos of relaxing garden spaces. For me there has to be sun, and shade. A place to sit and a table for my beverage. And the plants….there has got to be plants. Oh and friends too!

2 Liza July 12, 2010 at 12:20 pm

All of the above!

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