I love it when functional garden structures do double duty like this bold, red, raised vegetable planter. Placed at an angle in the corner of this yard, the five-foot tall attached lattice obscures an ugly view of the nieghbors garage.
The main function of the lattice is to hold up the vining cucumbers and tall-growing tomatoes but I think the red color elevates the planter to "garden art" status with it's custom "Fresh Produce" sign. Okay, so this planter is actually doing triple duty!
I designed this raised vegetable planter for the HGTV garden makeover show, Outer Spaces. The homeowner had vegetables planted all over the yard, but unfortunately, most of them were not thriving due to bad placement and encroachment from larger perennials.
I chose the sunniest spot in the yard, (which happened to be the least attractive area in the yard) and sited the bright red planter there. The color itself "stops" the eye from looking beyond, (thank God!)
The ugly view challenge met, I wanted to avoid the look of a misplaced "red spectacle," like the red sofa in the cult classic art book,"The Red Sofa" where a red sofa is dropped out of context into random American landscape scenes.
Red can be a risky color to work with because it calls so much attention to itself. I made sure to include a little red in other decor items to temper and balance it throughout the yard. A red bench, red planters- you get the picture.
How have you used red in your garden?
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