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 :)


11 comments:

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

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

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  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.

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  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!

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

    great find!

    Bre @ http://theredbungalow.blogspot.com

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  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!

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

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

    xox

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

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  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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