Garden Reports and Rejoicing – December 19
No Contrasting Foliage
Considering that there are thousands of plants available with all types, colors and textures of foliage, it’s amazing that so many people opt for such boring landscapes. So many gardens and foundation plantings are made up of evergreen shrubs with tiny green leaves. How sad.
There are some foundations that are large and ugly, so it’s understandable that the owners of such houses want evergreens to hide this. But this isn’t the case for most structures. Even those who want a majority of plants that stay green year round have access to an assortment of colors and textures of foliage. There’s no reason that anyone has to settle for a boring monoculture.
And let’s not stop with evergreens. Deciduous shrubs may not keep their leaves all summer but their form alone is often beautiful in the winter. Not to mention that what they bring to the party from April through October is so exciting that it’s immaterial whether the leaves are there in January or not.
In foundation plantings and garden beds we don’t want to stop with the shrubs either. Grasses, perennials and annuals, not to mention trees, all make glorious contributions. It is, I believe, the combination of all of these plants that makes the American Garden the intriguing melting pot that our country has always been.
Don’t settle. Mix it up.