As always the florists at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show last year were inspirational in giving ideas which would lift any small garden or courtyard.
The best were ideas for screens.
A floral screen
Fashion today is moving away from stark, structural simplicity towards flowing garments, with a strong sense of floral beauty. This screen made by Katie Mar Flowers is gorgeous.
The screen is constructed in bamboo and would be easy to make. Then I would add twigs and brushwood to the frame in an open weave to give the backdrop. Finally I would choose climbers such as roses or mandevilla or dipladenia and train and prune to give the wonderful flowers scattered through the brushwood. This could look stunning.
Artful florist’s screen
Marjorie Milner College took this idea a step further by using duck egg blue painted timber to create a random trellis to support the climbers. This is stunning against the deep pink wall behind.
In tropical areas I would use allamanda pruned so it flowers sparsely across the trellis and then I would put a basket to hold the centre piece planting filled with seasonal displays. In colder climates the climber would have to be a rose to get that beautiful yellow.
Just look at the stunning screens and deck created by Floral McGyver using recycled pallets painted acid green. And just look at the vibrant zing of colour – the tangerine wall and the purple blossom against that acid green.
This would be so easy to create in a garden although I would probably not use pallets for the decking in that environment – not very practical and not very safe.
But the pallet screens are wonderful and I would use rope swirls to create the supporting structures for the climbing plants linking the two palette structures.
Roses again will give you the look you want with baskets of blossom at the focal points.
Wall of plants
Not so vibrant but just as beautiful is this subtler wall of plants created by students from Melbourne Poly is made using palm frond bases.
The fronds can double up as planting containers. The plants used in this floral display are particularly Australian with things like Banksia, gum leaves, Gymea leaves, Kangaroo Paws and Cycad leaves and you will not be able to use most of these planted because they are just too big. But there are many strappy or spiky plants and those with subtle flowers which could be substituted to get a similar effect.
Swirl of flowers
I just love this swirled art-piece created by SMCT using twigs and bark. It would be easy to create the swirl with the help of chicken wire to hold the twigs in place and adding planting containers within the lower half of the swirl. Succulents would look wonderful and be easy to look after.
And do thing that you need those very upright columns of bark offset on either side to give that swirl some structure to sit in. Again, it would be easy to create this around a container filled with tall strappy planting. And yes, in the tropics I would use Heliconia – one of my favorites. Not quite the thing in colder climates though.
Finally, I cannot go past this very simple screen created by The Style Co.
A play on circles with that single geometric screen topped by air plants – this would look great in a simple contemporary courtyard.