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Modern Gardening

• 14 June 2010

I love this pretty backyard space featured in the most recent issue of Sunset. It's not a large backyard per se, but it is well-utilized and thoughtfully planned. The chocolate brown/red theme is surprisingly pleasing and I find myself rethinking outdoor furniture in general as a result.

Not a week later I stumbled upon these colorful tomato cages at a local nursery (Millcreek Gardens if you're local). I immediately thought of the backyard space from Sunset and thought a raised garden box would be a perfect addition. To bring out the red trim of the cushions, choose a red cage and to bring out the chocolate brown (also in the cushions), paint the wood around the raised bed a deep espresso. Adding some bright color would certainly freshen things up a bit and add a modern spin. Throw in a chicken coop of the same color and you've got yourself one killer backyard!

p.s. it never occurred to me that tomato cages came in such fun colors. I wonder if your local nursery carries these too?

image 1 - Sunset / image 2 - my iPhone :)


  1. I painted my own tomato cages this spring - such an inexpensive and pretty way to dress up your garden!

  2. lovely outdoor set-up! I love sunset mag too!

  3. I saw them here (Austin) too! Someone on design sponge showed theirs recently: spray painted red to make a nice contrast against their grey house for some punch before the plants grew.

  4. OOOhhh, mine does and I keep meaning to stop by and pick some up. I just can't decide which colors will look best with my heirloom tomatoes. I also like the idea of painting your own. I could paint them robin's egg blue!

  5. those colors are wonderful! they would certainly add a great pop of color compared to the usual boring tomato cages.

    great find!

    Bre @

  6. Oh love the outdoor space -- I dream of having such a nice area to relax in. Our dogs have the run of our backyard, so it makes it so difficult to have something so beautiful!

  7. Just found your blog. LOVE IT!!!

  8. that space is gorgeous...i'm particularly drooling over the bougainvillea!


  9. which issue of sunset magazine is this image from?

  10. Just an FYI, the bright tomato cages are also at ACE hardware (a pleasant find in my otherwise monotonous trip).


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