The Giving Tree, Revisited

A throne fit for a forest queen! This stump-turned-chair from the northern woods of Ashland, Oregon is lovely example of how death can be given new life. Have to cut down a tree in your yard or garden? Is it in a good spot for contemplation, conversation, chillin’? Consider this au natural, totally local and 100 percent organic garden furniture. This is an especially great idea if you have little kids (remember building forts?). But young or old, wouldn’t we all like to be cuddled by the heart of a mighty tree?

Having a Ball….

A small space held together by moss-covered bricks, and filled with an array of green plants – sculpted tufts of Buxus, asparagus fern, Italian cypress, liriope. Very classic, sure, but this relatively simple design is catapulted into the realm of “way more interesting” by the simple addition of a ceramic ball (no, it’s not a giant puffball mushroom). This unadorned sphere adds a modern, sculptural dimension to a timeless garden palette.

A reminder that sometimes what is missing from a design isn’t another plant in another color, texture, or cultivar, but rather, an inanimate artifact to complement and enhance the living elements.