Garden Gallery: JJ Sousa’s Funky Portland Garden

JJ De Sousa, designer and owner of Digs Inside & Out garden
It’s been a bit of a crazy day — with just one hour notice, a contractor that I hired to come and grade out the area where I will be building a new cobblestone patio, called and said he was on his way.  I had plants to move and things to get out of the way.  Add to that the fact that I once again was unaware that it was an early release day at my kids school.  These kind of days just reel right out of control.  Anyway, I have been excited to share this garden with you for days (since I discovered it via Paradis Express) and even though it is late, I am determined to share it anyway.

JJ De Sousa, designer and owner of Digs Inside & Out garden
It was orginally posted at Danger Garden so maybe you saw it there first…but regardless, I love it so much I feel compelled to share it again.  It’s got lots of orange, clever re-use, an abundance of interesting plants, and a fair bit of personal style expressed in the pulling it together.  It’s soooo right up my alley. It was created by JJ De Sousa, designer and owner of Digs Inside & Out, a portland based garden design company.
JJ De Sousa, designer and owner of Digs Inside & Out

Seeing this, I would hire JJ to design my garden any day!.

You can see many more images at Danger Garden in this post and this post.

images from Danger Garden. 

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.
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  1. Hadley on September 27, 2012 at 7:36 am

    Lovely! In the photo with the Bump sign, what is that beautiful shrub with coral-colored flowers? Is it a hibiscus? I’ve never been impressed with hibiscus, so if that’s what it is, I’m knocked over…

  2. rochelle on October 1, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Hadley — If I had to make a guess, I think it is hibiscus…but not 100% sure. I’m with you — never been impressed, but between this and a stand of gorgeous red ones that I recently witnessed in New Hampshire I might also be trying some out.

  3. Scott Weber on October 1, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    I think (though I could be mistaken) that the mystery plant is Abutilon.

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