Gillian Mathews, owner of Ravenna Gardens, has a great design eye, and this spring called the shots on what's hot in color trends. The photo is of "Urban Nest", Ravenna Garden's 6' x 8' prize-winning container display at the 2010 Northwest Flower and Garden show. Such harmony of aqua, marine and metal tones in pots, furniture, flowers and foliage. That was the first time I'd seen such a range of azures, but not the last, as blues are all over the cover of Elle Decor and other design mags as well as fashion runways and Banana Republic ads this spring.
And here's the best deal in town....Ravenna Gardens at University Village is offering free - yes, free - consultations with their very talented container designer Barbara Libner. Barbara's pots are featured in my new book "The New Low Maintenance Garden" and no one is better at combining edibles and ornamentals in containers.
On Saturdays in March and April, you can snag a half hour of Barbara's time by calling 206-729-7388 to schedule an appointment. Bring photos of your garden, and questions about patio, container, or small space design.
Of course a tempting assortment of the raw material for glorious containers will be on hand - you'll find plenty of small shrubs, beautiful vegetables and flowers in stock at the U. Village store - I was just browsing around there last week trying to talk myself into waiting a few more weeks before taking the plunge. But now's the moment to call for your free consultation on how best to use all those delicious pots and plants.