Katsy Swan is a garden designer well known on the San Francisco Peninsula. She has designed the gardens around the Stanford Hospital:
A room with a view is easy to come by for patients at Stanford Hospital. Many rooms overlook colorful gardens, lavender-scented walks, and in spring, some of the 43,000 bulbs blossoming on the grounds.
Katsy also designed the Stanford Shopping Center displays. The hospital garden has large beds; the displays at the shopping center are more in pots, to break up the huge expanses of hardscape.
This grouping is by the south entry to Neiman Marcus.
One of the things that make it pleasing is that there is repetition and alteration.
Some of the bowls have underplantings of forget-me-nots; some are heavier on the Iceland Popppies (which I believe are the Champagne mix) some are heavier on the tulips. Our very hot March probably messed with the timing of the blooms. The white flowers are I believe candytuft (I should have made better notes) and pansies.
The other thing to note is that these are pretty large scale pots--a good three to four feet across, not your average backyard items. I like the foam pots that are popular now (sorry, can't find a foto link).
One of the hallmarks of Katsy's style is very dense planting, which works great in settings like this because the plant material is removed and swapped out up to four times a year.