Summer vacation, day 2

Elegant Earth was a big hit at the Garden Centers of America Show in Chicago this week.

Their accessories line , was, well, elegant. Patio lamps, candle sticks, and cache pots had a time-worn softness and clean lines which will lend themselves beautifully to traditonal OR contemporary gardens.

The mango wood and rusted metal chairs were a great sit: ample porportions to accomodate men AND women , sturdily built with a hand rubbed finish designed to weather nicely in your garden. I will confess here and now I loathe the precious little rickety bistro sets in periwinkle, aqua and red. Loathe them. These are chairs to sit in when you want to be comfortable: when you want to relax at a sumptious table or sit and read while the birds and the bees cavort just beyond you.

Rustic but oh-so-comfortable

Rustic but oh-so-comfortable

Valleybrook Growers had an eyecatching display of incredible container plantings that may be some of the best I have seen all year. Especially nice was this silver, bronze, and lime combination. The cardoon and funky corn horn are the primary architectural elements of this design, with the brunnera, variegated carex and helichrysum spilling profusely over the rim of the pot. this particular planting is incredible drought tolerant and would work well near a patio dining spot as the silver and white leaves will show up in the evening long after the sun has set.

silver+white+bronze=sublime

silver+white+bronze=sublime

For more info: Elegant Earth Garden Furnishings(Personally, I have announced I am starting my Christmas list. Cute yard boy/poolman, listen up!)

Be sure to ask your Independent Garden Retailer for the Valley Brook line of perennials and annuals. If you don’t ask, the answer is always NO.