Although there were many inspiring ideas to be seen at this year's Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts, the vertical garden designed by Anne Phillips and her team at Go Green Gardeners was one of my favorites.
Succulents planted in a vintage French riddling rack -a wooden rack originally intended for vintners of sparkling wine - was a clever creation that had pride of place along the estate's front walkway.
It's an idea that would work just as well for a smaller, more space-challenged area.
Phillips showcased a similar wall using edible plants in an article for the Los Angeles Times Home section. For that installation, Phillips wrapped the back of each plant with coconut coir fiber and then filled in soil around the roots. The backing is then secured with green plastic fencing and can be watered by hand or via drip irrigation.