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  • P. Allen Smith's Garden Home

P. Allen Smith | Virtual Makeover - Lee's House in Florida | PBS

Duration: 03:49
Program: P. Allen Smith's Garden Home

Lifestyle and gardening expert P. Allen Smith shares his knowledge of garden design with a homeowner in Florida. Thais video is from season 11 of Allen's public television show, P. Allen Smith's Garden Home. We've been getting some really exciting design projects here in the studio, and some great photographs that you guys are sending to me for us to take a look at and come up with ways to improve the look. Now, today we've got a house in Florida from Lee. You can see it's a very beautiful house--classical. The proportions are really very good. And it's symmetrical. So why don't we get started with just a few ideas for framing this, and then we'll move into color, because Lee is very interested in color, and she mentions it gets really hot in Tampa. So why don't we start With just a few ideas? I think, lee, what I would do here is paint the color of this fence over here a dark green, so it sort of goes away. And then I think in terms of artifact, if we wanted to add something, a pair of plinths here, low plinths with a classical sort of urn in them where you could do some color in there would be really nice. From a planting standpoint, I would keep the balance going here. You have this live oak tree here. I would prune the lower limbs off and get it where at least you can walk under it, so you want to begin to train it where it will come up above the sidewalk where you can easily walk, and I would come over here at the same point and add another one of those live oaks ...

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Post Date: February 22, 2012