Garden Designers Roundtable: Bold in the Garden

What is bold? It’s a term that is used often, but what does it mean to be bold? Some of what Mr. Webster says about bold is; showing or requiring a fearless daring spirit, adventurous, standing out prominently. Reading through the definition, the words fearless, daring, adventurous, and prominent, stand out, words also used to describe design, both in the garden and with the arts in general. To me bold is best exemplified through garden design in elements such as; color, scale, and mass.

In an excellent example of how bold works within these elements, take a look at this backyard concert put on by a friend of mine. (As an added bonus, click here to hear the band perform “Shanty”)

The color of the sails is most certainly bold, as is their mass. That’s a large swath of color being used as a backdrop for the band. In regards scale, the sails act as a wonderful transition in size between the concert goers, and the very tall tree line behind the stage. We would have felt very small had they not been there. In all, this very bold use of color, shape, and size, set a very welcoming and pleasing ambiance for the concert. And how about after the sun went down, just stunning!

So, now let’s get back to bold in the garden. How do we use bold to do the same thing in the garden? Let’s take a look.

In this first picture, Japanese Forest Grass is planted in front of Elegans Hosta. Both the color and the massed planting make a bold splash in this shade garden.

Hosta sieboldiana 'Elegans' and Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola'

Hosta sieboldiana ‘Elegans’ and Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’ – Planting by Blue Heron Landscape Design

Here in a winter scene at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston Massachusetts, is Midwinter Fire Blood twig Dogwood. The color, mass, and scale, of the planting, works very well in relation to the size and colors of the surrounding courtyard, creating a wonderfully bold hedge.

Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire'

Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’

Grasses used en mass, can create a very bold look. The grouping here, although not bold in color (except for the Blood Grass in the foreground), create a bold front entrance to this house. The height and mass, work well in relation to the Flowering Pear to the right and the wood line in the background.

Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus', Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln', Leucanthemum x superbum 'Becky', and Imperata cylindrica

Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gracillimus’, Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Hameln’, Leucanthemum x superbum ‘Becky’, and Imperata cylindrica – Planting by Blue Heron Landscape Design

This next picture is from The Guilford Visitors Center in Vermont on route 91 north. I just love the massed Pinky Winky Hydrangeas that greet travelers to the Green Mountain State. A very bold welcome indeed!

Hydrangea paniculata 'Pinky Winky'

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Pinky Winky’

In Burlington Vermont, is the Church Street Marketplace. Several brick paved streets closed off to traffic, and lined with restaurants, shops, and in the evening, street performers. It’s a great place to dine on excellent food and entertain yourself on a warm summer’s eve. On one corner, planted alongside a very architecturally pleasing building, we find our next garden. Clearly influenced by the bold and romantic garden style of Wolfgang Oehme and James van Sweden, this planting is dripping with boldness. The mass of the plantings of Black-eyed Susan, grasses, daylilies, and sedum, under a low canopy of these under story trees, combine to lessen the size of the building, integrating into the landscape. It’s a great example of using color and mass boldly in a garden. My only issue with it though, is the use of some pretty wimpy annuals along the front of the bed. I’d rather have seen them mass a low growing perennial or grass to set the rest of the bed up. But, it’s mostly likely a different group maintaining it than those who designed it, so…

Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii 'Goldsturm', Sedum x 'Autumn Joy', Miscanthus cvs., Hydrangea cvs., Hemerocallis fulva

Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Goldsturm’, Sedum x ‘Autumn Joy’, Miscanthus cvs., Hydrangea cvs., Hemerocallis fulva

So that’s how I see Bold in the Garden. What do you think of these examples? See something different? I love to hear from you. Please leave me a comment, then follow the links below to see what my fellow Roundtable designers have to say about Bold in the Garden.

Jocelyn Chilvers : The Art Garden : Denver, CO

Lesley Hegarty & Robert Webber : Hegarty Webber Partnership : Bristol, UK

Douglas Owens-Pike : Energyscapes : Minneapolis, MN

Jenny Peterson : J Petersen Garden Design : Austin, TX

David Cristiani : It’s A Dry Heat : Albuquerque, NM 

Garden Designers Roundtable: Patios, more than just a flat space…

Close your eyes and think on the word patio for a minute. What image comes to mind? Maybe, you see those rectangular concrete slabs that were so popular in the 1970’s. Perhaps your mind took you to a recently attended flower or home show, with elaborate displays of pavers and wall systems. A few of you might have included some plants, or most likely a large expanse of lawn. Easy to conjure up these images, and think we now have the essence of a patio. But, what really makes a patio a patio? If we are to take lesson from these examples, then a patio is very simply is a flat paved surface in the back yard where you gather with friends around your outdoor dinette. Sounds ok, right? Sure, why not, it’s functional, social, and convenient. To me though, there is so much more this outdoor space. In fact, to me the word patio should never stand alone; it should always be combined with the word garden. Close your eyes again, but this time, visualize the words patio garden. Does that bring about a different image? Let’s take a look at a few essential elements of a patio garden, and then let’s see if that image might change.

Geometry

The architecture of your building should provide more than enough right angles and straight lines for your entire landscape, so let go of the rigid geometry and open your mind to soft elegant curves. Or better yet the communal shape of a circle. If the shape must be must be angular, then try and offset the shapes to provide space for plants to soften the edges.

The circular shape centers on the firepit. The curved edges lead also the eyes into the house entrance

The circular shape centers on the firepit. The curved edges lead also the eyes into the house entrance

Two equally sized but offset squares create pockets for the plants

Two equally sized but offset squares create pockets for the plants

Fire

Fire pits are very popular now, and for good reason. Sitting around a fire calls back to our ancient past, and stirs something deep inside each of us. Perhaps it’s the sense of safety, perhaps the calming sound of the crackling fire, or maybe it’s just a focal point for our attention as we discuss the events of the day. In any case, there’s bound to be s ‘mores, so best to include a fire pit. Design has set its sights on the plain ole fie pit, and there are options for every taste; from stone, to iron, portable and permanent, there are new choices each year, so make a statement with yours.

A beautiful modern take on the fire pit from Ore, Inc.

A beautiful modern take on the fire pit from Ore, Inc.

Traditional look with natural stone

Traditional look with natural stone

Sculptural and a modern take on a chimnea from Modfire

Sculptural and a modern take on a chimnea from Modfire

Old world charm, and one of my favorites. Sugar Kettle from Cypremort

Old world charm, and one of my favorites. Sugar Kettle from Cypremort

Water

Like fire, water is very good at setting a mood. Water features have a head start on fire pits though, having been a popular part of the modern landscape for quite a while, so the options are many; from wall mounted, to sculptural, to pond less waterfalls, each brings its own feel to the garden. And, opposite its combustible counterpart, will draw in wildlife. What fauna and how big are entirely up to you!

A pondless waterfall from Aquascapes, Inc. offer sound and movement, without the maintenance of a pond.

A pondless waterfall from Aquascape, Inc. offer sound and movement, without the maintenance of a pond

For those that want fish, a pond is in order

For those that want fish, a pond is in order

Light

An oft overlooked element in patio garden design is outdoor lighting. Sometimes simply an oversight, but most often the reasons for not including landscape lighting are cost and bugs. I cannot stress enough the ambiance created with a well designed landscape lighting system. A soft glow washing the patio surface, illuminated stonework, and up lit plant specimens, provide drama, romance, and depth to the garden. Today’s LED systems tackle the cost and pest problems also. Although a bit pricier in the install cost, they are efficient to run, and the spectrum of  light output does not attract the insects of the night.

A wonderful ambiance is created with landscape lighting from Unique Lighting Sytems

A wonderful ambiance is created with landscape lighting from Unique Lighting Sytems

Plant

Last, but certainly not least for our discussion, are the plantings. Plants are the softening ingredient in the landscape. A well designed planting plan defines space within the patio garden, provides intimacy, and softens the harsh edges of the hardscape and architecture. Balance within the space is achieved through the careful use of the texture, color, and form, of each plant. Like water, plants also provide movement in the garden; wind causes branches and stems to sway and pollinators buzz about as they busy themselves from blossom to blossom. Following another current trend, growing food is another great way to expand the feel and use of your patio garden. Grapes on treillage, tomatoes in pots, and greens and herbs in containers, add a tasteful element.

'Little Lime' Hydrangea defines the space by  creating a hedge and offering privacy from the street below

‘Little Lime’ Hydrangea defines the space by creating a hedge and offering privacy from the street below

Heuchera 'Caramel' and 'Summer Wine' Ninebark add color and soften the edges of this bluestone patio

Heuchera ‘Caramel’ and ‘Summer Wine’ Ninebark add color and soften the edges of this bluestone patio

So there are a few of the elements we consider before designing a patio garden. Have they changed the image in your mind? Have you used any of these elements in your outdoor rooms, in your patio garden? Please share your successes and ideas below with a comment; I’d love to hear from you!

Remember to also follow the links to see what the other members of the Roundtable think about “Patios”!

Lesley Hegarty & Robert Webber : Hegarty Webber Partnership : Bristol, UK

David Cristiani : The Desert Edge : Albuquerque, NM

Douglas Owens-Pike : Energyscapes : Minneapolis, MN

Garden Designers Roundtable: Garden Maintenance!

It’s Roundtable day today! We’re not posting here on Blue Heron Landscapes, but we’re hoping you’ll stop on over to the blog and join in on the discussion.

This month’s topic is “Garden Maintenance”. You know, the stuff we say we don’t like, but essential to every garden. :)

 

Here’s the link – Garden Maintenance

 

Enjoy!

Garden Designers Roundtable – Transitions…

How strange that the nature of life is change, yet the nature of human beings is to resist change. And how ironic that the difficult times we fear might ruin us are the very ones that can break us open and help us blossom into who we were meant to be.

~ Elizabeth Lesser  Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow

I find it inspiring how often life quotes mirror those of the garden. The cycle of life is never so apparent as in a garden, and perhaps that is why as humans, we see in the garden, a reflection of our failures and triumphs, our most brilliant blossoms and our deepest roots.

For garden Designers Roundtable this month, we are discussing “Transitions”. Merriam-Webster defines transition as; passage from one state, stage, subject, or place to another, or a movement, development, or evolution from one form, stage, or style to another. Once again the metaphor for life that is the garden is clear.

Gardens like life, are rife with transition. The designer has many different elements between which he must draw the visitor. With a keen eye and a little imagination, a simple change of space becomes a journey, and time may pass with elegant grace.

Let’s take a look at some examples of these “Transitions”, in the form of journeys, boundaries and time.

In journey ~

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A woodland path takes its time to lead us around points of interest.

Move between elevations can be done simply, or in grand style.

The depth of this view of the garden seems to tell us there will be interest along the way!

In boundary ~

A fence section both frames and divides this planting, seemingly holding the Miscanthus at bay.

This boundary wall is a wonderfully rural transition between the wild of the wood and the civility of the lawn.

A median is not only boundary between directions of traffic, but a welcoming transition into the world of retail.

In time ~

As the blossom of this Little Lime hydrangea transtions from lime-green to white to pink, we mark the seasons in the garden.

A Hosta leaf also marks the passage of time.

A favorite of mine, the beautiful straw foliage of this Hameln Dwarf Fountain Grass will stand all winter until the new growth of next season begins to sprout completing its cycle of transition.

And…

As the morning fog burns off the valley floor, revealing the Heublein Tower, life transitions from it's sleepy start into the vibrant bustle of the day.

How do you mark transition in your garden? I love to hear about it, please leave a comment!

And please stop by and visit with my fellow Rountable bloggers today as they give their impressions of “Transition”.

Jocelyn Chilvers : The Art Garden : Denver, CO

Deborah Silver : Dirt Simple : Detroit, MI

Scott Hokunson : Blue Heron Landscapes : Granby, CT

Mary Gallagher Gray : Black Walnut Dispatch : Washington, D.C.

Debbie Roberts : A Garden of Possibilities : Stamford, CT

David Cristiani : The Desert Edge : Albuquerque, NM

 

Garden Designers Roundtable: Inspiration!

As I write this, it’s snowing and we’ve got at least eight more weeks of winter before getting back outside and doing what we love best. Yet inspiration is not far off, for these are the months that imagination captivates the mind with thoughts of new plants and new schemes for the garden. They come at us from all angles, born of longing, and the promise of spring’s warmth. But where does one find the seed from which inspiration grows? I find inspiration in landscapes big and small, in nature’s perfect randomness, and in simple vignettes. There is a story and beauty in every scene.

Here are some photos of what has inspired me recently.

Readers of this blog will remember that I love grasses. I am captivated by the look of a meadow, and this view of the grass farm at Sunny Border Nursery always stops me in my tracks. As I look upon this field I dream of the meadow I might be designing soon for that discerning client.

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Stone is another element that gets the blood pumping. This pile of field stone slabs caught my eye at the local supplier and  stayed with me until we used them to create the stairs in the picture below. I can’t imagine a garden without stone.

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Another great use of old stone is this gristmill stone, used in a patio at Hollandia Nurseries in Bethel, CT. The pattern is mesmerizing!

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This vignette is from Hollister House in Washington, CT. It could be a doorway anywhere in the world, which is why I caught myself coming back to it several times. I’m not sure what the stone item is, but its story (which I do not know) still intrigues me. I wonder if I will ever create something so simple and engaging?

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A sense of invitation is nearly irresistible, as set up by these next shots. This Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar at Elizabeth Park in Hartford, CT. feels like a cave entrance as you move from the sunlight into the cool of the shade garden.

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Weeping Cherries partially obscure the view to the tomb at the top of the hill in a cemetery in Simsbury, CT. The juxtaposition of new life blossoming against the backdrop of life eternal creates an interesting vitality, and opens the imagination to transitions in the garden.

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The endless patterns found in nature are truly inspirational. The stump of this very old yew, also in Elizabeth Park in Hartford, CT., was awaiting the backhoe when I came upon it. The spiraling nature of its growth and the energy it projects had me thinking sculpture, fountain, or a contemporary trellis to grow vines on. Intriguing, no?

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One of the great joys in life is to meet local artisans whose talents extend into the garden. These next two inspiring pieces are by local craftsman, and friend Bill Salazar. I pass by this lamp post and arbor many times a week, and never fail to slow down and peek at how they look as the garden changes around them. Beautiful!

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These are just a few of the things that inspire me to create more interest in the garden. What inspires you? Leave me a comment, I would love to hear about it!

Please visit my colleagues also, and see what inspires them. There links are below.

Susan Cohan : Miss Rumphius’ Rules : Chatham, NJ

Lesley Hegarty & Robert Webber : Hegarty Webber Partnership : Bristol, UK

Jocelyn Chilvers : The Art Garden : Denver, CO

Jenny Peterson : J Petersen Garden Design : Austin, TX

Douglas Owens-Pike : Energyscapes : Minneapolis, MN

Deborah Silver : Dirt Simple : Detroit, MI

Christina Salwitz : Personal Garden Coach : Renton, WA

Garden Designers Roundtable – It’s okay to sweat the small stuff, details matter!

It has been my experience, that the excitement that arises in beginning a new garden or landscape project, is often overshadows the attention to the process needed to build it and overlooks the details that make it special. Today is Garden Designers Roundtable day, and we’re discussing the focus on details. Here are few things to consider before rushing through your project, and prevent the frustrating outcome, that something about this new garden just doesn’t feel right.

Connect your new space to its location. Known as Genius Loci, or sense of place, there are myriad ways of accomplishing this. Using found items is one of my favorite. Here we have placed a stone next to a set of steps leading to a deck. It stands as a welcome to visitors, but it’s not just any old stone, it was fond onsite, three feet directly below where it stands, forever tying this landscape to the ledge that lay beneath it.

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This “found stone” ties this landscape to it’s subterranean history!

Take care to make certain elements look as natural as possible. We have all seen garden ponds sitting in the middle of a yard with water falling from an unlikely mound, into a pond that is mysteriously surrounded by stones resembling a pearl necklace. Close your eyes for a moment and think of a real pond or stream, now open them. Does this manufactured pond look anything like the real thing? In this photo, our pond installer has created a very natural looking waterfall (on a slope), taking care to hide the liner giving the illusion that it has always been there.

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Looking as though it has it has always been there, this stream adds a pleasing visual and soothing sound to the garden!

Choose materials and craftsmen carefully. You know the old saying, anyone can paint, but not everyone can paint well. This holds true for most trades and professions. Taking the time to investigate each contractor’s attention to detail can make the difference in a project being successful or not. Here our decking contractor has done great job with this natural cedar railing. His suggestion to use this system and his attention to detail meshed very well with the natural look of the landscape.

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Expert craftsmanship complements any design!

Stay on budget by working with what your conditions. A limited budget, or restrictive (read: ugly), conditions need not ruin the feel of your new exterior space. Taking the time to research more than what your home center offers, and consulting with designers and craftsmen can lead to wonderful solutions, and beautiful elements in the design. Here, when faced with two large ugly concrete foundation walls, we went with the mason’s suggestion to cover with thin stone (real stone), that matched the wall stone used to surround the patio. The transition is seamless, and looks amazing.

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Mortared on thin stone matches the walls perfectly!

Fill in the cracks. Sounds funny, but in a garden full of plants sometimes small spaces get overlooked. Usually this omission is noticed later on when weeds take root and fill in these spaces for you. Then, as you frustratingly pull these unwanted “plants”, it dawns on you that if weeds will grow here, maybe something I want will also. Bingo! This beautiful stone work by our landscape contractor on this project, left us, what we like to call, “planting opportunities”. This sedum will, in time, fill in all around the stones, suppress weeds and look great!

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Filling in all planting opportunities, gives the garden depth!

Use pleasing combinations. Once again it’s time to look deeper than the offerings at the home store, or even the local garden center. To find plants to “paint” your new garden space, take a few mini adventures. Search out specialty nurseries, visit public gardens, or attend garden tours and lectures. Opening up your options to purchase, will make it easier to identify plants that meet your style, and help you plant contrasting or complementary combinations. Here, a simple combo of ‘All Gold’ Hakonechloa and ‘Centerglow’ Nine bark, make a pleasing contrast at the base of a set of deck steps.

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Contrasting or complementary plant combos, both add pleasing elements to a design!

Consider how and from where each element in the garden will be viewed. The most obvious detail in designing a space is perhaps the most often overlooked. We tend to concentrate so hard on what’s right in front of us, that sometimes we lose track of the greater picture. This tip may seem contrary to focusing on detail, but in fact is crucial to making the details work. Take a moment every now and then to step back and consider what you, and more importantly visitors to your garden, will see from several different angles. How the garden presents itself to, and more importantly how it welcomes visitors in, is extremely important. On this project, we took great care to nestle this shed into the garden, capitalizing on certain views.

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Considering every view of the garden can provide wonderful reveals!

Final, personal touches complete the design. After all is said and done, and you’ve finished constructing your new space, all you want to do is to just sit back and enjoy. Not so fast mon ami! Final touches, like the seasonal décor our client used here, are the icing on the cake, so to speak. And as the seasons change, and the garden presents itself accordingly, these personal touches make the garden all your own.

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A client’s personal touches complete this vignette!

These are just some of the elements to consider while you build your new outdoor space. It takes time and patience, and sometimes the grand plan in your head can be overwhelming. But fear not; it’s a process that can be mastered, especially if you remember to focus on the details!

To see how my colleagues on the Roundtable focus on the details, follow the links below, and please feel free to leave me a comment on this post. I’d love to hear about the details you are focusing on.

Susan Cohan : Miss Rumphius’ Rules : Chatham, NJ

Lesley Hegarty & Robert Webber : Hegarty Webber Partnership : Bristol, UK

Deborah Silver : Dirt Simple : Detroit, MI

Debbie Roberts : A Garden of Possibilities : Stamford, CT

Christina Salwitz : Personal Garden Coach : Renton, WA

 

Garden Designers Roundtable: Designing with Native Plants!

Ask a dozen homeowners, or 20 or even 50, if they would like a garden of native plants, and you get a vast array of answers; “Yes I love having pollinators visit!” “Oh, I don’t have the right setting for that…” “My neighbors would never approve.” “What do you mean, like weeds?” It seems that when talking native, plants are automatically relegated to certain predispositions, too bad, because there’s more to native plants than meets the stereotype!

Here to shatter the myth that native plants are just a bunch of weeds loved only by tree huggers and liberal fruitcakes, are some beautiful stars of the garden. Plants that work well in many settings, doing the double duty of feeding the native pollinators, and winning over even the primmest of taste buds.

You may recognize many of these, but did you know they are native plants?

Very few trees can rival the amazing bark of Heritage River Birch. Able to tolerate wet soils, but widely adaptable, this moderate tree will garner many stares when placed near a walk or patio. Fall brings a wonderful yellow glow to the foliage, and the winter silhouette it very striking.

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Heritage River Birch (Betula nigra ‘Cully’)

Does anybody not like the cheery aura of Black-eyed Susan. One of the most recognizable flowers of late summer, this native works well in both formal and informal settings, and is a long bloomer!

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Black-eyed Susan (Rubeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Goldsturm’)

Another very recognizable native, is White Flowering Dogwood. It’s clean white bracts will brighten up a shadowy woodland edge, or star in the frame created by window pane. Later in the season bright red berries appear, enticing robins to bring their rhythmic call to the garden.

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White Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida)

Can you imagine a lovelier face staring at you from the middle of the perennial border? Rose Mallow, standing near five feet tall, does just that. At five inches across, the blossoms are visible from great distances in the garden, and are often filled with pollinators.

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Rose Mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos)

There isn’t much color in the garden as autumn turns to winter, unless of course you have a plant that berries like Winterberry Holly. As leaves fall from tree and shrub, it’s just beginning it colorful display. Prized by both birds and floral arrangers alike, Winterberry Holly will put a smile on your face, when the rest of the garden has turned brown.

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Winterberry Holly (Ilex verticillata)

The next three photos, are from the parking lot of Cabella’s Outfitters in East Hartford, Connecticut. Outdoor stores, have long been the place to find native plants. Seems natural to use native plants to recreate the atmosphere their customers prize most, the wild back country.  I wonder how many explorers see the great beauty in these plants and include them in their gardens.

Little Bluestem is a grass found throughout the country. It’s upright habit and bluish-green blades add a wonderful architectural element to the garden. In fall the foliage turns red-orange, echoing the color high in the canopy.

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Little Bluestem Grass (Schyizachyrium sscoparium cv.)

You might recognize Eastern Redcedar, from the highway median, or from a hike through a meadow transitioning to forest, but have you ever considered it as a specimen in the garden. These cultivars rival the most handsome specimens of Hinoki Cypress, but will tolerate a wider range of conditions. Not bad for a plant whose berries are used to make Gin!

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Eastern Redcedar (Juniperus virginiana cv.)

Here you can see three of our plants in the same shot.

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Little Bluestem Grass (foreground), Eastern Redcedar and Heritage River Birch (Betula nigra ‘Cully”), in the background.

The picture was taken at “The Holy Land”… Dunkin Doughnuts. Switch Grass is another species found throughout the U.S., and lately has been rising in popularity thanks to new cultivars that produce beautiful foliage. This specimen, which I think is ‘Ruby Ribbons’, is the reddest of the Panicums. It seems to pull the red right from the ordering kiosk, doesn’t it?

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Red Switchgrass (Panicum virginianum cv.)

So, there you have it. Several examples of native plants, and not a weedy sot in the whole bunch. It’s time to consider native pants in your garden, yes for their value to pollinators, yes to preserve native species as global economies bring in more and more exotics, but perhaps more importantly, because they are beautiful!

What do you think, have I convinced you to try more native plants in your garden?

After leaving a comment to tell me your thoughts on native plants, please visit my fellow Roundtable members, to see what they think of “Designing with Native Plants”.

Thomas Rainer : Grounded Design : Washington, D.C.

David Cristiani : The Desert Edge : Albuquerque, NM

Susan Morrison : Blue Planet Garden Blog : East Bay, CA

Rebecca Sweet : Gossip In The Garden : Los Altos, CA

Pam Penick : Digging : Austin, TX

Mary Gallagher Gray : Black Walnut Dispatch : Washington, D.C.

Lesley Hegarty & Robert Webber : Hegarty Webber Partnership : Bristol, UK

Genevieve Schmidt : North Coast Gardening : Arcata, CA

Douglas Owens-Pike : Energyscapes : Minneapolis, MN

Debbie Roberts : A Garden of Possibilities : Stamford, CT