Sarah Price’s Airy Planting Style

Excuse me for a moment while I gush over the prettiness that characterizes Sarah Price’s distinctive planting style.  While it is reminiscent of the mixed up style of Tom Stuart Smith or Christopher Bradley-Hole I love how it maintains a unique graceful feminine airiness.

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It has just enough repetition to keep it all pulled together, but instead of building up the border height gradually (as prescribed by more traditional English garden design) and clumping plants, Sarah spreads it all out and puts tall with small to let the height and the openness of clear stems take center stage.

I am studying this style because I absolutely love the look for both a country and town garden.  What do you see that defines this look?

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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. Julia Ferguson on April 5, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    This is my fav look to and I am trying to work on this more in my garden with Cali natives. For me it just looks natural, mother nature touched and not so over thought and planned. I don’t enjoy gardens that feel staged to me for a “backyard”.

    Thanks for sharing these lovely photos!

  2. Design Elements on April 5, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    wonderful garden pictures!

  3. louise on April 7, 2011 at 10:18 am

    In her interview with Gardens Illustrated, Sarah states that she was struck by the planting designs of Dutch plantsman Piet Oudolf, Coming from a fine arts background her response was ‘ Wow!, Its like painting with plants!” Piet has contributed to several planting design books about his planting inspiration, the horticulture community calls it ‘New Wave’. here is his website:
    Landscape Architecture firm Oemhe van Sweden refers to it as ‘New American’ style,

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