Garden A Go-Go

In an odd alignment of  things, one of the emerging trends in both fashion and landscape design is based on 1960s mod, so I thought I’d explore some of the possibilities for gardens starting with a groovy magazine cover as inspiration.

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Harper's Bazaar Cover c. 1966

This is not a retro trend, we aren’t going to recreate Mad Men in the garden–although thinking about that idea is fun…60s Pop is clean and modern and draws from both vintage and contemporary sources.  Fun yet sophisticated color, shiny surfaces, and space age shapes for garden accessories are dominant  with plants adding texture and more complex layers of color.

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Bertoia chairs

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J. Schatz birdhouse

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Bauer Pot

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Since this is a trend for gardens, plants are still primary players.  I first saw these plants at the 2009 APLD International Landscape Design Conference in Portland, Oregon last summer.  The exuberant colors of these 2010 perennial introductions–all from Terra Nova Nurseries– illustrate just how up-to-the-minute and trendy  A Go-Go garden can be.

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Yucca 'Bright Star'

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Echinacea 'Tangerine Dream'

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Geum 'Eos'

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Heuchera 'Shanghai'

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Heleborus Winter Jewels 'Golden Lotus'

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Pulmonaria 'Silver Bouquet'

In all of this, I can’t ignore the gardener…there’s always, in my mind, other fashion decisions to be made in the  60s Pop A Go-Go garden so I’ll be wearing these.

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Doc Martens

Have a happy and safe holiday week.  Miss R will be back after dancing the mashed potato for Thanksgiving.

Photo credits:  Top to bottom:  Harper’s Bazaar cover | Harper’s Bazaar; Bertoia Chairs | Knoll Studio; J. Schatz Egg Birdhouse |J. Schatz; Bauer Pot | Bauer Pottery; Dutchtub | Dutchtub; All plant portraits: Photos courtesy of Terra Nova Nurseries, Inc.; Doc Martens | Doc Martens

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About Susan aka Miss. R

Professional landscape designer, lover of the land and all things design.
LABELS: garden ornaments, Landscape Design, Outdoor Furniture and Accessories, plants, Trends

8 Responses to Garden A Go-Go

  1. This is fun! My sister loves mid-century modern, shag rugs, orange sofas and the artist, Shag. (ck him out She spray-painted her wicker chaise orange to bring it all outside, but still has her roses! Me? the only thing in my garden close to it is Frank Sinatra, my man. Jeannie p.s., I LOVE that yucca!

    Jeannie–Welcome from Miss R. This is fun, isn’t it? Who says we have to be so serious all of the time? Flower Power!–S.

  2. I like it all! H.

    Fun for a change. Sometimes we are just too serious. Have a happy T-day my friend.

  3. louise says:

    Having only met you on cyberspace, susan, now I will know you when I see those remarkable Docs tromping thru the NJ landscape!! Ha!
    Enjoy your harvest feasting!

    Thanks, Louise. Those boots are killer!

  4. Katie says:

    Awesome color combos! I love your design posts. I like to get inspiration from all over, too.

    I think there are a lot of people who call themselves landscape designers, but they just do the same thing over and over.

    Your eternal quest for new inspiration inspires me!

    Thanks, Katie. It’s all part of the job!-S

  5. Happy Thanksgiving Susan!

    Hope you had a wonderful time with friends and family, Helen!

  6. eliz says:

    Great job–all those items look eminently desirable, though I’ve seen many separately and wasn’t that tempted. It’s the way you out them together. Hope your T-Day was fab!

    Thanks, Elizabeth. I wasn’t tempted until I put them together either!

  7. bill says:

    Dig your style – but you’re too young to know Dee Dee Sharpe.

  8. Hi there, just browsing for information for my Doc Martens website. Truly more information than you can imagine on the web. Looking for something else, but interesting page. Have a great day.

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