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Garden Reports and Rejoicing – December 14


I usually hate them.

Unless you’re using two plants to frame something else, don’t do it. Two shrubs on either side of the front entry? Fine. Placing two perennials on either side a birdbath? Acceptable, if not very imaginative. Two plants stuck in the same bed, side by side? Design disaster.

There is something about odd numbers that is pleasing to the human eye. One plant, three plants, five plants…all great. Two look good only when placed on either side of something that is even more massive then they are. So two plants framing a tiny ornament (see #2) or smaller plant would not be attractive. Place those same two plants on either side of a large walkway, stairs or drive, however, and they become visually appealing.

Can’t afford three of everything? I’ve been there. In such circumstances it’s better to get one and see how it does over time. If the plant thrives, buy two more instead of experimenting with another variety that is unproven. If that first trial doesn’t do well, be you glad you didn’t spring for two.

When it comes to garden design, be odd.

Photoshop allows me to plant just two of these Magic Carpet of my favorite small shrubs.

But in my real garden there are three of these. Much better!

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