Texture in the Summer Garden

A relaxing garden has both restful places for your eyes and focal points to enjoy. Green is restful, but it can get monotonous if it’s all identical, as in a yard with a well-kept lawn, but nothing else. Texture is a good way to add interest without losing the restfulness of green. Massing, an application of the design principles of repetition and proximity, is a great way to develop texture that is sufficiently interesting to lead your eyes to an interesting larger plant or something in bloom. Continue reading “Texture in the Summer Garden”

Bleeding Hearts Come Full Circle

The bleeding hearts are going to seed. This is a plant that scatters its seed a little, but is easily controlled. They are very nice around potentially leggy things like roses and lilies.

A red bleeding heart with seedpods that are nearly full sized. The clump of debris hanging over the seedpod on the left is a cluster of elm seeds. Photographed on June 14, 2019.

A month ago today, the bleeding hearts in the full shade of the house were in bloom; the red bleeding hearts started blooming a couple of days earlier. With even a little sun, the soil warms a little faster and plants bloom a little sooner. Continue reading “Bleeding Hearts Come Full Circle”

The Green of May

What a gorgeous time of year. My eyes have been craving the bright, grassy, green of May in everything from lawn to ferns to rose foliage and new fig leaves. Here are some of my favorites.

The ostrich ferns are more or less full size, and a beautiful shade of green. Some of them have moved into the small gap between the top of the driveway and the big planter that sits there, making it easy to look down into them. Now that they are fully unfurled, the leaves make beautiful patterns.

Photograph of view straight down into the middle of an ostrich fern.
Looking straight down into the funnel of an ostrich fern. Photographed on May 14, 2018.

The rue anemone have lost or hidden all their red pigment—the flowers are now white and the leaves are bright green. Rue anemone spreads happily and shares space well, especially with eastern columbines, which have similar-looking foliage. The occasional pop of red is pleasant. Continue reading “The Green of May”

The Final April Snow—I Hope

It is still gloomy, and it has started to snow again. None of the snow we have had this week has stuck to anything more than lawn for a few hours.

They Look Tender, but They Are Not

I drove through a teeny, tiny snow squall on the way home last [Monday] night, but nothing was sticking. It was sticking by morning, but perennials that come up this early can stand a little snow.

Photograph of newly erupted bleeding heart plant
Bleeding hearts in the snow. Photographed on April 10, 2018.

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