I love gardening. In fact if I wasn't a painter I would be a garden designer ( I actually worked as one for a summer). Color theory, creating compositions and solving problems are all skills an artist hones while creating a painting and a garden becomes a giant expression of the gardener/artist.
In my little suburban, zone 6b garden, my plan is to create garden rooms. My garden philosophy is that a garden should have surprises. A successful garden is one that does not reveal itself all at once but offers a new experience as you move throughout it. Which brings us to this years project : the garden trellis wall.
I am trying to divide our yard into 3 distinct "rooms" - the deck/dining area, the firepit garden and the shed garden. To achieve this we needed to create a wall between the deck and the "shed garden". Also this blocks the view of a neighbors house - making for a very private deck area and the perfect support for vines.
I figured out exactly what I wanted, drew up a plan and recruited my husband and his handy friend to do build it.
No, I like black as a back drop for plants. When the clematis grows up this, the flowers will really POP!