The backyard was beautiful to begin with — park-like lawn, bubbling fountain, outdoor fireplace. But when Dhelia Fahrner, a.k.a., La Jardiniere, was asked to donate her time to the Summit League’s Homes for the Holidays tour in Los Gatos to make the garden tour-ready, she had a couple of things in mind: light and white.
The garden of the Kenney Home was green and pastoral, but somewhat shady and dark. It needed some “pop.” So, after planting white cyclamen in the beds, she turned to the major focal points — the fireplace patio and the French doors at the back of the study. Bringing in two graceful urns filled with white hydrangeas, azaleas and wispy maidenhair ferns– plus a piece of garden statuary from her friend Laura Ziffer at Lulu Pom in Los Gatos — Dhelia created a graceful vignette flanking the French doors.
“Having the statuary and urns accentuate the architecture of the French doors — to me, it looked like something you’d see in Europe,” Dhelia said.
Making her way around the patio to the fireplace area, she planted more white flowers and bright green cypress in the homeowner’s pots. “I wanted the chartreuse all over to pull your eye,” she said.
On the table in front of the outdoor fireplace, she planted a white cement pot with succulents and surrounded the base with the kind of ornamentation that might be seen on a mantel – layers of moss, lichen, bleeched pinecones and antlers. Small birch containers showcased miniature Christmas tree cypress and amaryllis.
Instead of using traditional red poinsiettas to create a Christmas feel, she wanted the setting to appear “organic. A winter wonderland.”
Indeed it was.
To see other work by La Jardiniere, click on these stories:
Before and After:Spanish Courtyard Makeover
From Beige to Bright: Backyard Makeover Gets Colorful
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