I always love the florists at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. These guys are artists and they are the ones who come ups with amazing ideas to pinch to put into a garden – especially a small garden with style.
I was running through the photos from the florists in 2015 and here you are – great screening ideas that could so easily be put into an outdoor space – using plants instead of cut flowers.
I can’t wait to get to the Melbourne Show in March 2016 – there will be another display from the florists of that fabulous city.
First this interpretation of a roadside stall. Panels of reo are used to support beautiful terracotta pots with sedum. This is a robust idea as both the plants and the iron supporting structure are simple, cost effective and stunning.
With a similar supporting structure but abundantly flowering orchids – this next idea would be amazing for any tropical garden. Provided the climate is warm enough, this would work so well in many gardens.
Multi colored or white – these walls of orchids are stunning.
The thing is if you chose the plants to suit your climate – the idea would work in most areas.
Here the florists are using not whole plants but cut flowers in a framework of bamboo uprights interwoven with flexible twigs (willow would work well).
This arrangement would work with the flowers and greenery replaced with potted plants provided the supporting frame was strong enough to support the extra weight.
It’s a piece of outdoor art. And you could replace the central display with different plants to reflect the seasons.
And here – what is happening is just wonderful. A fence of bare branches and twigs with orchids nested in a row at the top is beautiful. This arrangement would be great – even if you do get snow in winter – the bare twigs have a beauty all of their own.
Don’t forget hanging plants.
The traditional hanging basket might have its day, but here the flowers and plants have been placed in containers of sphagnum balls and sheaths of paperbark. They are stunning and with suitable planting would look good all year.