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While Zach Galbraith was busy unpacking boxes after moving into a Burien, Washington, house in 2006, wife Manda was outside planning the garden. At the time, it was covered in invasive blackberry brambles, English ivy, and weed-laden grass. “I wanted something bright,” Manda says, “something alive with color.” At the nursery, she reached for plants with lime or purple foliage, drawn to the way the complementary colors pop.
Manda lets all the colors of her garden play together by going easy on maintenance and allowing foliage to overlap. “I don’t shear anything,” she says. “I prefer things on the soft and relaxed side.’’ Zach executes her hardscape designs, trolling scrap-metal dealers for supplies. He’s used rock-sorting grids for a grape arbor and clematis trellis; made flower beds from steel plates; and built a shed and henhouse from cement board, wood, and steel. Gravel around the entries is salted with bright recycled glass.
Manda made a home for not only herself—the garden is a certified Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary too. She now shares the landscape with kinglets, goldfinches, hummingbirds, and chickadees. Manda’s penchant for brightness extends even to her attitude about Washington’s notoriously gloomy weather. “Under cloudy skies, vibrant colors offer a particularly amazing contrast.”
Design: Manda Galbraith, Flora & Bee, Burien, WA;