Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Plant combinations to consider copying


A couple of years ago, I put together a Powerpoint presentation called "Copycat Gardening."  In it, I tried to find examples of scenes in gardens worthy of translating into your own landscape.

The presentation, which I did for a garden club (sadly, I've since had to give up speaking to groups), included subjects like "copying gates"; copying paths"; copying hardscapes", etc.  You get the idea.

One of the subjects was "copying garden scenes."  In this selection of photographs, I included a lot of plant combinations, usually set against some sort of garden ornament.

Back in June, I worked a shift at the American Hydrangea Society's annual tour.  The day before, I got to see all the gardens and take pictures.  This was a wonderful selection of gardens, and there were things you'd want to copy at every place I visited.

Above is one of the scenes I loved in the garden where I worked.  This charming coneflower (I do not know if this is one of the Saul brothers' selections - should have asked) was planted next to a bench and backed by Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle.'

I love the blue-gray foliage of the dianthus over next to the leg of the garden seat and also the smattering of blue from what I'm guessing is a salvia.

There were so many scenes to copy in this multi-acre garden that I had trouble narrowing the photos down to just one.  I would scroll through the pictures, but I kept coming back to this one.  It's something to keep in mind if you have a bench that needs some flower personality.

Below is yet another coneflower/'Annabelle' combination.  This time the ornament is a pyramid-shaped tuteur.  This was in a country garden near my hometown.  Again, there are endless combinations to copy in this amazing garden which stretches for acres.  The owner saves the coneflower seeds and plants them all about the many outbuildings, along fences and mixes them in her extensive vegetable gardens.  It's one of those places I go that sends my envy meter skyrocketing - so many flowers, herbs, shrubs, trees, vegetables - all put together in garden rooms (in some cases, huge rooms) that take your breath away.

Stay tuned for more Copycat Gardening.  I admit I have no shame.  If I could re-create either of these scenes, I would do it in a heartbeat.