Feb 08, 2019
Creating a garden that fits together—one that makes sense and works as a whole—is like a jigsaw puzzle, a word jumble, or really any puzzle that challenges us to create order from chaos. Our puzzle is further complicated by the fact that we're working in four dimensions, if we take the seasonal aspect of our creation into consideration. Though as the pieces, or in our case plants, start falling into place, the overall scene starts shaping up. It begins to make more sense and everything gets a bit easier. But getting started can feel daunting. ..
Dec 20, 2015
A simple plant combo recipe emphasizing textural contrast of two plants, this green-on-green planting scheme is an easy planting combination to replicate in your woodland garden. ..
Dec 18, 2015
In a previous post we talked about planting design as an iterative process.
At first there are often many possible plants that may work for a given plant combo, then each successive plant selected narrows the field of potential
partners. The trick is to start somewhere. Anywhere. Choose your first plant, your second choice will be limited by the first, the third limited by
the second and the first, and so on. The result is an increasingly narrow scope as you build out your composition.
Nov 17, 2015
Oct 26, 2015
Aralia cordata 'Sun King' (middle) with its bold foliage offers its steady presence from spring to frost and is complimented by the long-blooming Fuchsia magellenica 'Aurea' (left). The bold versus fine foliage delivers lively textural contrast that is further enhanced by the exceptionally long bloom period of the hardy fuchsia. The gold foliage of both brighten the scene all summer long. This duo is the epitome of EEEE-ZEEEEEE and becomes a no-brainer when paired with the Hinoki cypress (right) with its rich, luscious green foliage providing the year-round back drop that delivers the steady background beat. ..
Oct 01, 2015
This drought tolerant perennial combination for full sun is an easy way to add a carefree planting scheme to your home and it lends a stylish and modern flair to your garden. ..
Aug 31, 2015
This is an easy and low maintenance planting combination for full sun gardens in temperate growing zones, zone 8a or warmer. ..
Aug 23, 2015
The dramatic and stark differences in foliage shape, color, and form are the basis of this energetic and engaging duo. ..
Jul 31, 2015
Every gardener falls in love with certain plants only to discover (sometimes the hard way) that they aren't going to thrive in their garden, due to incompatibilities with space, sunlight or other plants. The hard truth is that no matter how lovely a planting combination appears to be in your cart at the nursery, the plants won't grow to their potential when placed together if they aren't culturally compatible. ..
Jun 06, 2015
May 25, 2015
This planting combination relies on foliage color and texture to deliver all-season good looks. Included in this garden scene, clockwise from upper left: ..
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