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.
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.
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.
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.
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. www.terranovanurseries.com; Doc Martens | Doc Martens