The Charmed Garden

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This is an eggplant surrounded by white petunias. The white flowers were chosen as bright contrasts to the pretty purple flowers that become eggplants. This is a Japanese Eggplant which produces long, dark purple eggplants that look like jewels dripping from the fairly large, dark green leaves. The flowers start as an affordable, easy to find, and easy to grow stand-in until your eggplant grows up to fill the pot. This particular pot is a hand-me-down, but any pot this size will do. I have added a decorative, black metal cage to support the plant because it will droop as the fruit grows. Also, it looks rather smart, gives the design an added dimension.  End of the year sales and garage sales make these items more affordable. I have put this pot in front of my garage, on a discolored and cracked driveway. Next to it are the garbage cans. The placement is intentional as I want your eyes to notice the decorative pot and pretty plants rather than the tired looking driveway and the not so appealing garbage cans. For me, it works.

Eggplants and Petunias decorating the garage

Eggplants and Petunias decorating the garage

Author: Laurine M. Byrne

I received my certification as a Landscape Designer from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois and I received my horticulture education through classes at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois and through the master gardener program at Univ of Illinois Extension. In my designs, I love mixing veggies and herbs with native perennials and flowering bushes as you can see from the pictures of my own yard. I love creating gardens for people who like to garden, not just installing traditional landscaping, but actually creating gardens that the homeowner connects to personally. I love that my clients who thought they couldn't grow anything now have green thumbs, because all it takes is the right plant in the right site. And I really love that my clients become my friends in the process of creating their gardens.

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