The ‘invitations’ are implied the the garden’s design. Its layout allows views from the adjoining rooms–Invitation No. 1. Entrances to the garden from three other areas of the property–Invitation No. 2. A table for rest and relaxation or a place to enjoy a bottle of wine–Invitation No. 3. A sculpture or fountain as a focal point/feature of interest–Invitation No. 4. Beautiful containers filled with very detailed plantings–Invitation No. 5.
The choice of which style of containers (shown in burgundy on the plan to the left) to use is important in this garden because they will set the tone on the second layer of design ideas. If I choose to use black Medici urns, the garden will not have the modern welcoming feeling that I want it to have. For me, too much formality feels pretentious, rigid and stogy. Mixing it up will give this outdoor space a sense of being in the present rather than the past. I have a fondness for terra cotta planters. They’re timeless, their matte finish contrasts and completments many type of foliage and flowers.
For a few years I have been using and recommending Seibert & Rice terra cotta. They are worth every penny. The quality is flawless. Seibert & Rice are local importers who have a keen eye for great design. Depending on the style, these pots can lend a formal or an informal feeling to the garden. Although I haven’t made a final decision yet and I’ve previously used all of the ones pictured below. They could work again.
All photos are used with the permission of Seibert & Rice.