Green on green

Green on green

Do you ever look back on your plant crushes from the early years, when you were a beginning gardener? I definitely went through a flower-floosy stage in my mid 20’s. Then there were the anti-color years. I don’t think I’d even heard the romantic notion of an all-white blooming moon garden but I was still obsessed with the idea of keeping out those annoying colorful flowers, only the white ones for me!

Once my love for foliage took center stage I embraced variegation, again preferring shades of white – I liked the stark contrast. I remember a dynamic duo of ribbon grass (Phalaris arundinacea ‘Picta’) and variegated iris planted quite near each other, the idea makes me shudder now. What was I thinking?

As my tastes have changed I’ve found myself shying away from white in the garden. Flowers, foliage, containers…all of it. My eyes read white like a spotlight, or a sort of black hole, sucking everything in, calling far too much attention to itself. Instead I’m drawn to yellow and green variegation, or increasingly green on green. (more…)

Better than a box of chocolates

Better than a box of chocolates

I’m a one-of-everything type of gardener, but I love obsessive collectors. People who can spend their lives completely fascinated with a specific genus or color or family. That’s dedication. I never like to count a plant out, even if I don’t get it, because somebody out there loves that plant for some compelling reason.

I read an article eons ago about a garden designer whose client’s plants kept mysteriously disappearing. The designer was puzzled, there were theories of rogue raccoons. Later the client confessed, they tossed anything that wasn’t perfectly spherical. See? A gardener obsessed with spheres. Every plant deserves its obsessive fans, and every gardener gets to love what they love. No judgment. But maybe don’t drive some poor garden designer crazy by being sneaky about it.

With pink greeting card and awkward dinner date season upon us (I’m such a romantic), I couldn’t help but notice the plants that could easily be a valentine. It got me wondering, does anyone have a heart shaped leaf fetish? If they did, they could easily make a whole garden out of nothing but hearts.

How could you grow a heart themed garden? Let me count the ways…
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