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Creating a Heavy Metal Theme Garden

We have officially completed the five steps of creating a theme garden! Thanks for following along and giving great input the last few weeks.  

To finish up I've listed the five steps below with links to all the appropriate posts (for those that would like to see the whole process).  

Below my summary you'll see the second plan for my heavy metal garden.  As I mentioned before, there are hundreds of combinations and each one of us would come up with very different designs.  It's exciting thinking about all the possibilities!

HOW TO CREATE AN OUT-OF-THE-ORDINARY THEME GARDEN (SUMMARY):

1. Pick a theme 

2. Brainstorm

3. Research 

4. Translate ideas to physical form...including:

5. Create the plan

PLANT KEY

A. Juniperus scopulorum 'Wichita blue' (Wichita Blue Juniper)

B.  Alchemilla mollis ‘thriller’ (Lady's Mantle)

C. Lawn

D. Festuca glauca 'boulder blue' (Boulder Blue Fescue)

E. Yucca filamentosa ‘golden sword’ (Golden Sword Yucca)

F. Sedum spathulifolium ‘Cape Blanco’ (Cape Blanco Stonecrop)

G. Bluestone shard walkway

H. Rosa x ‘radsunny’ (Sunny Knock-Out Rose)

I. Stachys byzantina ‘Helen Von Stein’ (Lamb's Ears)

J. Yarrow x ‘moonshine’ (Moonshine Yarrow)

K. Panicum virgatum ‘heavy metal’ (Heavy Metal Switch Grass)

L. Forsythia viridissima var. koreana ‘kumson’ (Kumson Forsythia)

M. Peonia ‘bartzella’ (Bartzella Peony)

N. Drum fountain

O. Bluestone patio with flying v pergola overhead


DO YOU SEE HOW I INCORPORATED MY THEME ELEMENTS?

  • Three interconnected circles, the lawn, patio and fountain represent drums, an interconnected chain, plus heavy metal's trifecta of speed, power and precision.
  • Bluestone is used to incorporate our gray (silver!) color.
  • The furniture incorporates our colors, plus are round like a drum.
  • The pergola is shaped like a flying V guitar.
  • There are a lot of sharp edges in the plants, pergola and entry walk, representing the edginess of heavy metal.
  • All the plants are in our color palette (yellow and gray).
  • Do you see any other connections to heavy metal?

Again, thank you for taking on this adventure with me.  I hope to develop another theme garden soon, but until then think about what garden theme you could develop in the midst of your backyard.

Enjoy!


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