Daily Garden: A Lesson in Matching Metals

textural green garden cow sculpture metals

This New Jersey garden designed by Richard Hartlage and his team at AHBL Architects is stunningly beautiful but it illustrates an often overlooked design tip.

What is that tip? For a clean contemporary subtly in your design, match your metals….. (or at least make sure they don’t clash)….. Just like in interior design, if you take the time to coordinate these details, the whole bigger picture will look more cohesive and soothing.  When your incidentals are harmonious, the eye will be drawn to the drama that you create.  Like here, the chartreuse color of the grasses, the pillar trees, and the cow sculpture take center stage.  But imagine for a moment if the furniture and the tables were, say, black — they would suddenly stick out and interrrupt this scheme wouldn’t they?

cow sculpture in the a green textural garden in new jersey by abhl landscape architects

And further, this scheme is helped by the house color.  Being similar to the other accessories, it also harmonizes and lends to the serene and relaxing scene without seeming overly contrived.

The other idea I am taking from this garden is the grassy berms — isn’t that a nice way to break-up the landscape and deal with spoil from other projects?

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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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