Moodboard Inspiration for An Avant-Chartreuse Garden Party

I continue to play with this feature,  I want it too look as good as I feel about it.  Anyway, this girl looks like she is ready for a hip party.  A little avant-garde perhaps?
fashion sketch illustration garden inspiration chartreuse yellow and black party
Fashion Sketch by Crisel Eslao

I will start with my plants this time.  Textural and color inspired, I choose a lime Zinnia, Angelina Sedum, Black Ajuga, Colocasia with lime ribs, Equisetum, ‘Lance Corporal’ Persicaria, False spirea,  and white Coneflower.

chartreuse yellow and black plant mosaic zinnia sedum ajuga colocasia equisetum heucerella rheum
1. Zinnia Benary’s Lime Green, 2. angelina sedum, 3. Ajuga ‘Black Scallop’, 4. Elephant Ears – Colocasia, 5. Equisetum x ferrissi, Jardin des Plantes, Paris, France 2008, 6. Chevron Stripes, 7. Heucheralla in my Zen garden, 8. Sorbaria sorbifolia ‘Sem’ – Garden Splendor, 9. Double White Coneflower ‘Coconut Lime’ (Echinacea purpurea)

Garden Orb Chartreuse bauer pottery

1. Garden Orb Chartreuse

I love a few accents.  Like this garden orb from Bauer Pottery.

lime party lights chartreuse outdoor inspirations

The scene needs some fun party lighting.  I found these at Cultural Star.  I think they compliment the orb nicely.

Over at Material Girl Blog, I discovered some great outdoor fabric from Marimekko that would further  enhance our chartreuse garden party design and pull in a few of the accent colors from the dress (yellow and black).

marimekko outdoor fabric garden inspiration

All are available through Textile Art.

And Finally….a party needs chairs and these are about the chicest things I have seen lately.   They are available from Heal’s (which is one of those great stores that makes me miss the UK terribly).

heals isabella outdoor dining chair garden inspiration

Isabella Outdoor Dining Chair.

So there it is. Is there anything you would add?  What do you think?

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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.


  1. sarah on April 30, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    this is an amazing and very original post. i have just been going through my ecourse stuff and wanted to put a comment on yours, can we blog you as a weekend link? I will email you as well through googlemail. yours is a really insiring blog. also re farmers markets i am going to post some of ours in the uk, and lets get that seed swap going – i am LOVING those lime zinnias, are you familiar with sarah raven after your time in uk?
    best wishes

  2. Claire on April 30, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Rochelle, I’m loving this segment of your blog, keep up the good work. It reminds me of when I was at uni when every project was pure fantasy. Thanks for the eye candy!

  3. louise garwood on May 3, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    Love it!
    Theres a little bit of tango in this outfit- how can we translate that into our garden?
    Maybe some tropical foliage- the big colocasia? or Something brazilian-Roberto Burle Marx- ish..

  4. Fern @ Life on the Balcony on May 11, 2009 at 1:58 am

    I found this through Invisible Bees. You’ve put together some great ideas here! I’ve been looking for ‘Black Scallop’ Ajuga for a long time. I can’t seem to find any nurseries around me that carry it…

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