By Scott Calhoun
Author Scott Calhoun has visited the gardens of most sensible designers from coast to coast and selected greater than a hundred beautiful plant mixtures, each one utilizing not more than six plants, to contain during this photographic consultant. Riots of complementary shades, lots of grasses, foliage spectacles in notable colours of eco-friendly and pink, and peak diversifications as arresting as urban skylines are all featured in those intriguing gardens, every one an intimate glimpse of a bigger garden. A favourite pairing should be the start of a bigger backyard layout, or a five-plant grouping can be all you want to fill a small city backyard. the probabilities are as diversified as your imagination!
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When it starts shooting up its flower stems in summer, it should be watered sparingly so the plant maintains its form. ′ Enrolling perennials as sculptural elements gives zing to monotonous beds. ‘Powis Castle’ artemisia Artemisia × ‘Powis Castle’ Tough and well adapted to a wide variety of climates, ‘Powis Castle’ serves as a splendid backdrop for the purple flowers of gayfeather. Although this tidy, mounding artemisia is common in temperate gardens, it’s undeservedly underutilized in southwestern gardens.
Designer tips Create Borderless Beds with Gravel Many things can be said about Duncan Brine’s large, naturalistic garden, but one thing that cannot be said is that he is stingy with rock mulch. “I use a lot of gravel,” he confesses. In fact, the liberal use of rock is an important part of his design scheme, allowing the pathways and garden beds to meet without an edge. This “edgeless” method is practical to maintain and aesthetically effective, giving appropriate focus to the plants surrounded by gravel.
Hardy to Zone 5. 6′–10′ tall × 12″ wide. Durable and elegant, this team of firewheel (Gaillardia aristata), catmint (Nepeta × faassenii), and ‘Stella de Oro’ daylily (Hemerocallis ‘Stella de Oro’) is well executed at the Yampa River Botanic Garden in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. HUMMINGBIRD CENTRAL Like a flash of a rosy slip beneath a conservative, silver brocade dress, there’s something a little exciting about finding orange and pink among such otherwise reserved silver plants. The pink rays and orange eye of ‘Magnus’ prairie coneflower provide the color template for this seductive combination put together by Santa Fe plantsman David Salman.