Yesterday, I was gallivanting in the town area after I went to Arab Street to get some decorative items for my work at HortPark. As I walked along, a pretty shophouse unit located in Bali Lane caught my attention. It is almost impossible to miss it as one travels along the main road.
This shophouse unit is currently occupied by a branch of HANA fashion (Singapore) and its address is 21, Bali Lane, #01-01, Singapore 189857. If you are in the area, do pop by to appreciate the good work and excellent example of shopfront landscaping and decor.
The striking, pink-coloured facade of this shophouse unit was probably modelled after the European-style. When I passed by on Saturday, what grabbed my attention was the nicely planted exterior of the second storey. There are three full length, white-framed windows on the second level that stood out against the pink and white contrast.
Outside each these white windows, there were two planter boxes, one was located mid-way, probably at chest height, while another was situated at the base. The planting scheme was simple and repetitive. Colours that were featured were few and they included only pink, red and green, which blended well with the look of the facade as a whole.
Green colour was contributed by the plants grown inside the window boxes. They featured the lush foliage of impatiens and anthuriums. Within this bold patches of green, there are dainty dots of pink which were the blooms of the impatiens grown inside the lower planter boxes and spathes of the flamingo flowers growing inside the upper planter boxes.
There were two hanging baskets of a darker pink rhizomatous begonia situated on the two extreme ends of the shophouse unit. The two begonias are so well-grown that their growth has draped over the rims of the container to become round spheres!
Red was conferred by some red-foliaged flame violets that were grown between the spaces of the bottom window boxes. The designer was clever to break this monotony of red and added some interest by squeezing in a bit of green flame violet between the red flame violets.
There were two non-living components in this tasteful display of live plants which were contributed by two round wreaths containing several pink roses. They did not look out of place but a plant-lover would certainly hope some live plants can take their place.
The shopfront located on the ground floor were also decorated with plants that were grown inside pots with roughly one uniform colour that was brown. This is a good move as different coloured pots can make a display look cluttered and distracting.
The owner used mostly tropical plants that are commonly available. The most prominent plant to the eye would be the stately specimen of frangipani, located on the lefthand side. To offset the height of the frangipani and to add different heights and layers to the planting, one can see two planter boxes containing Moses in the Cradle with their attractive purple leaf undersides and various other houseplants with interesting leaf shapes and textures.
Because it is still Chinese New Year, there were two pots of four seasons lime plants trained as standards that flanked both sides of a broad path leading to the shop from the road. The use of standards is also well thought of, as four seasons lime shrubs trained in other forms will actually mar the European feel and look of this display.