A SEASIDE PLANTING
This brand new West Palm Beach house, currently a Red Cross Designers' Showcase, features a garden by the celebrated tropical garden designer, Mario Nievera. I've seen a lot of grasses used in gardens in recent years as it's become quite the rage for properties by or near the sea, but this one includes an element you don't always find with this planting style.
And I'm not talking about the palm trees used so effectively here in a Caribbean scheme, as if they'd spontaneously appeared in the inner yard of this plantation house.
The interesting element here, to me, is sand.
It took courage to lay out this garden in sand where most often you'd find a pristine green lawn instead. After all, this house isn't on the beach, it's on a road where cars pass and park. My compliments to the talented Mr. Nievera for this intelligent small garden that is water-wise in its creative use of indigenous planting material.