The Portland Yard, Garden and Patio Show was filled with ideas transferable to home gardens (see my previous post about the edible garden). One of my favorite displays was a planted tea table with a runnel down the center for candles or a stream of water. Believe me, you wanted to sit right down as soon as you saw a table, set fwith flowered teapots and jars of wine and jam, sprouting English daisies, mosses and sedum.
Speaking of sedum...behind the table was a rusty metal screen draped with ribbons of sedum - so eye-catching, and theoretically, anyway, easy care...Don't you love the contrast of the metal with ruffliness of the sedum? Wouldn't this be a perfect garden focal point as well as an effective way to screen a utility area or unwanted view?
And a planted basket exuding nearly as much charm as the tea table..
But lest you think the whole show was rustic and sweet....I loved this modern garden, trimmed with silky golden Japanese forest grass and featuring an inkly black pond reflecting flames of fire.
You can find more photos, information about the designers and the show here.