|'Francee' hosta is an old favorite - which makes it affordable!|
|A nicely proportioned vignette featuring a Rodgersia and|
Japanese forest grass.
As this existing border disappeared under two old Douglas fir trees the design (and plants) seemed to fade away. It was as though the previous homeowner had given up at that point, and I can hardly blame her as gardening under such huge trees is not easy. Once again larger leaved perennials have come to my rescue as well as a few other design tricks. The first thing I needed to do was provide something to catch the eye – in this case a pale terracotta urn did the job and will be visible year round. There were already assorted broadleaved evergreens nearby including Rhododendrons and a David viburnum (V. davidii), so I needed to add some light into the mix. A skirt of ‘All gold’ Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra ‘All gold’) worked beautifully adding shimmer, movement and finely textured leaves. The finishing touch came from the palm shaped, crinkly leaves of Rodgersia which fan out over the top of the grass. I’ll need to move the Rodgersia back and either put the container on a pedestal or replace it with a larger one, but I like the effect.
|Heartleaf oxeye makes you take a second look|
with leaves bigger than dinner plates!
|The large glossy leaves of Darmera appear|
like protective green umbrellas over
primroses and other waterside plants.
Barbara Lycett design, Seattle WA
|Looking like a silvery cabbage, this silver sage|
begs to be stroked rather than eaten.
Photo credit; Annie's annuals