|When plants are at head height you can't help|
but notice them! Here the purple tall verbena
(Verbena bonariensis) plays off the purple freckles
of the Turk's cap lily.
|Geranium 'Rozanne' has hidden beauty|
Rarely is a flower ‘just blue’. Look deeply into the delicate bowl of the ‘Rozanne’ geranium for example, and note how the periwinkle petals are punctuated by dark threadlike veins leading the eye down to the white throat from which rise rich purple stamens.
|'Diamond head' elephant ears offers|
many possibilities. Color cues could be
taken from the glossy black mature
leaf, the new green growth or the deep
red veins on the undersides
For outstanding foliage the giant elephant ears ‘Diamond Head’ (Colocasia esculenta) is one of my favorite tender plants. Standing erect on thick black bamboo-like stems the tightly rolled green spires slowly unfurl to reveal huge heart shaped leaves of glossy black. Peer underneath the canopy to discover the striking network of cranberry colored veins spreading like fingers across the green tinged plane. Who needs flowers with drama like this?
|The 'peek-a-boo' effect.|
The element of surprise enhances our experience of a garden, and it may be something as simple as an unexpected splash of color peeking through a veil of leaves. The mimosa tree (Albizia julibrissin) is a dome shaped tree with light green fern-like foliage, best known for its pink powder puff flowers which give the effect of a polka dot umbrella. While hummingbirds, butterflies and bees relish this sweet bounty above the canopy, the dappled shade beneath is perfect for hydrangeas. To make the most of this opportunity, select the variety ‘Buttons ‘n' Bows’ (Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Monrey’) which adds a perfect color echo with its bi-colored pink and white blooms in late summer. When glimpsed through a framework of low tree branches decorated with the mimosa’s pom-pom flowers, the effect is remarkable.
|Using shades of copper and peach to create a memorable|
|Variegated weigela and this spotted|
dead nettle are unlikely partners yet
repetition of the yellow note makes
An easy color echo between the white
blooms of the phlox and thevariegated grass blades. Both stand
Photo credits indicated on each image; One Thousand Words Photography and Le Jardinet