By Scott Calhoun
Author Scott Calhoun has visited the gardens of most sensible designers from coast to coast and selected greater than a hundred attractive plant mixtures, each one utilizing not more than six plants, to comprise during this photographic advisor. Riots of complementary colours, plenty of grasses, foliage spectacles in notable colours of eco-friendly and red, and top diversifications as arresting as urban skylines are all featured in those fascinating gardens, each an intimate glimpse of a bigger garden. A favourite pairing may be the start of a bigger backyard layout, or a five-plant grouping should be all you want to fill a small city backyard. the chances are as assorted as your imagination!
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The well-mannered goldenrod has very architectural, downward arching blooms that resemble the arching tails of a Fourth of July display. It also overcomes two of the common objections to planting goldenrod in a garden: it’s sterile, and therefore not weedy, and because it’s not wind pollinated, it’s non-allergenic. Hardy to Zone 5. 36″ tall × 24″ wide. Pitcher’s blue sage Salvia pitcheri ‘Grandiflora’ No doubt about it — Pitcher’s blue sage is a lanky plant, but its prolific, sky-blue flowers in fall make it the perfect companion for goldenrod.
Introduction PERENNIAL Partners MASSES OF Grasses ANNUAL Acquaintances ACCENT PLANT Associates GROUND COVER Groupies BUDDIES FOR Woodies Designer Resources Plant Resources Public Gardens for Design Inspiration USDA Hardiness Zone Map Index INTRODUCTION There has been a lot of talk about new trends in American gardening over the past few years, very little of which has had to do with plants. If you’ve spent any time at all surfing the yard-makeover shows on cable television, you might have noticed that plants are often talked about as stage props and window dressing for a patio, spa, or deck.
In this front-yard combo, she mixes bold, oval-shaped prickly pear with buckwheat and a low, mat-forming Greek germander. Like sculpture, the prickly pear guarantees year-round structure, while the buckwheat and germander add seasonal changes. These allies are extremely tough and can be grown with little or no irrigation, even in harsh arid climates. The elements of rock-garden design (space between plants, rock mulches) that Phillips employs add a minimalist look that works well with contemporary or Southwest-themed architecture.