The gardener's eye

The Gardener's Eye

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Peter's Gate Pots

The pots at Peter's Gate in Depot Park have filled out nicely.  This year's combination consists of Melianthus major, Coleus 'Compact Red',  Jasminum 'Fiona Sunrise' Phormium tenax 'Wings of Gold' and Angelonia 'Raspberry'.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Backlit Post

As I was walking home from work this evening, I got a glimpse of the granite post in the Woodland Garden. We have had plenty of rain in the last few weeks, and the weeding and boxwood trimming are done. It was time to take it all in for a moment. 

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Training the Eye on the High Line

I visited the High Line in Manhattan for the fourth time lat month. There is always a lot to learn observing these public plantings and it was great to finally see them in full bloom during the summer. I was focusing on the way the plants were put together by Oudolf: the combinations of contrasting textures woven together in a very naturalistic way. There is a repetition of plants but they are interspersed almost randomly, rather than planted in the waves that Gertrude Jekyll might have employed nearly a century ago. The prairie plantings in the Chelsea Grasslands gave me ideas for the new rain garden at Putnam Park and the Ruin Garden at Teixeira Park while the new woodland plantings at Falcone Flyover has inspired ideas for the new woodland-edge plantings at Teixeira Park and in my own garden.

Classic Oudolf combination: Echinacea purpurea and Eryngium yuccifolium

 Another view of Echinacea purpurea and Eryngium yuccifolium in the Chelsea Grasslands

Grass and Perennial Combination

Monarda fistulosa ‘Claire Grace’, Panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’ and Rudbeckia subtomentosa

Heuchera ‘Amethyst Mist’ and a grass in the Philip A. and Lisa Maria Falcone Flyover

Epimediums, Pachysandra procumbens, Liriope muscari ‘Densiflora’, ferns and Asarum canadense

Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’ below the huge leaves of Magnolia macrophylla var. ashei


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