A Seaside Garden Retreat

Seaside Garden Design

This beautiful seaside-inspired garden, called The Blue Greenhouse, was created by designers, Rose Blamey of Windrose Garden Design, and Kimberley Loewen of Flourish Garden Design. I shouldn’t have been surprised that this garden was my instant favourite at the BC Home + Garden Show, because I have been long-time fans of their impressive work.Seaside Birdcage planter from the Blue Greenhouse Seaside Garden Design Feature

The centerpiece of the garden is a turquoise greenhouse from BC Greenhouses that would be any gardeners dream playroom. Filled with terracotta pots of spring bulbs, seedlings, and succulents, it’s no wonder I was drawn in so quickly.Spring hyacinthe and narcissus bulbs in terra cotta pots from the Blue Greenhouse Seaside Garden Design Feature

Rose explained that the garden was inspired by a Gulf Islands retreat. This outdoor haven was clearly made for someone who loves the harmony between sea and land. Fraser firs, paperbark maples, and western redcedars provided the natural background for a garden that would be fairly low maintenance on the west coast. Evergreen shrubs like Viburnum davidii and rhododendrons will look lovely all year and the range of native ferns could provide enough fiddleheads to enjoy as a side dish to freshly-caught crab dinner.

Taking a step back you could see the reclaimed wood floorboards, fence, and garden edging that was hauled in for the show. Seaside Garden greenhouse and weathered reclaimed wood decking

Hints of vintage were seen throughout such as this “We’re Happy as Clams” sign, We're Happy as Clams from the Blue Greenhouse Seaside Garden Design Feature

wall art, and hand tools; as well as throughout the garden sculptures: an owl, weather vane, and these floral balls.Rusty Floral Garden Balls from the Blue Greenhouse Seaside Garden Design Feature

Despite the rusty and rustic elements, the design remained fresh due to the cheery orange and turquoise colour pallete,How to create a Seaside Garden

creative seaside elements,large shell planter from the Blue Greenhouse Seaside Garden Design Feature

and plant combinations like this mix of grasses, hellebores, and a Pinus contorta ‘Spaan’s Dwarf’. You can also see the Pinus strobus ‘Tiny Curls’ in the center pot that I fell in love with. The plants were provided by Art’s Nursery, where you will be sure to find me very soon!The Blue Greenhouse Garden Designed by Rose Blamey and Kimberley Loewen

Photo credit: Allegra

In such a small space I was pleased to see a few crafty DIYs like the planter table made from a large pot and a circular glass table top,Outdoor table made from a large pot and a glass top from the Blue Greenhouse Seaside Garden Design Feature

and, the pièce de résistance, this outdoor shower, complete with a river stone basin and octopus towel hook.An outdoor shower fountain from the Blue Greenhouse Seaside Garden Design Feature

The designers did a wonderful job of whisking me away to a breezy seaside escape. I hope that I get to vacation on the Gulf Islands one day as they have inspired a both vibrant and relaxing space.

About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose

  1. Tara
    TaraFebruary 22,15

    Okay, that is gorgeous! I’ve been dying for a greenhouse (maybe this year?), and I love how this space is so charming and rustic. Thanks for the inspiration, Stephanie!

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