Design Inspiration from New Orleans

A formal side yard in the Garden District

Love to walk through neighborhoods in New Orleans and take in the homes and yards.  It’s such an eclectic town, garden style not withstanding.  People’s personalities shine through in their plots and character oozes from this, one of America’s oldest cities. The hardscapes especially tell stories–cracked, buckled or pieced together; worked over by tree roots, storms, construction.

A home in the French Quarter

Depending on the street you go down, you see the moneyed mansions steeped in tradition, newly renovated vacation rentals, gorgeous buildings whose fine architectural details require more maintenance than can be financed.  Still to be found are houses marked by high water or the now cleared lot or neighborhood that is the legacy of Katrina.

Fountain enveloped in pebble mosaic at Longue Vue Gardens

It’s a vibrant city that works through its woes—a home town, a college town, vacation destination.  Of all the sights there, I enjoy most the stately southern magnolias dripping with plastic beads.  I could ride the street car up St. Charles again and again just

Iron fence dripping with beads in the Warehouse District

looking out and day dreaming.  Here are some of the homes and gardens that captured my imagination when I was there earlier this month.  I came home once again charmed by the Big Easy and filled with creative ideas.

About Colleen Miko

Colleen Miko is a certified professional horticulturist with 20 years experience in landscape design who has designed award winning gardens for the NW Flower & Garden Show as well as HGTV’s “Landscaper’s Challenge”. Colleen is freelance garden writer and speaker.
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