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Greatest Grass, Accepting Chaos & a Plea For Container Ideas

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The search for the ultimate garden - when one perennial slows down, another is ready to step into the spotlight. Be it blooms, textural contrast or texture. This is our goal. Containers, well, that's a different game.





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Greatest Grass, Accepting Chaos & a Plea For Container Ideas

A Few Thoughts:

We’re always trying to piece a garden together that has visual interest all year long.

Ideally, we’ll construct it where one perennial stops blooming and takes a step back, while another takes center stage. Continuous succession of bloom or emergence of interesting foliage or texture. That’s the game.

Next is one of those situations where I’ve managed to play it perfectly.

Color Change

Color Change

The pink Astilbe blooms have had their day in the sun but are now fading and losing color just in time as the yellow coneflowers are emerging. Yellow and pink, not so great together and fortunately, the world will not have to bear witness to it.

Protector

Protector

I’m really starting to buy into the ornamental grass as deer-loving-plant-protector. This hydrangea bloom is proof. Now the challenge is how to design an ornamental grass moat and make it look pleasant and natural.

Personal Plea

Personal Plea

You can only say it so many times before the message is lost on people. So here is my last plea for you to find a way to get Panicum ‘Northwind’ into your garden. Even if you have a smaller garden, please add one and thank me later. What a handsome and massively upright specimen (how I’m often described as well).

Sheer Beauty

Sheer Beauty

Do not underestimate the “see through-ness”of certain grasses like this ‘Karl Foerster’.

Better Together

Better Together

While you are adding a Panicum ‘Northwind’ to your cart (virtual or metal) also throw in Amsonia. They play nice together.

Making Progress

Making Progress

Nothing has reseeded more in my garden than Mountain Mint. It pops up everywhere in spring and even with my OCD tendencies, I’m able to let it do whatever the hell it wants. My therapist calls that incremental progress.

Friend...or Foe?

Friend...or Foe?

Bee Balm, friend or foe? Discuss.

Be Gentle

Be Gentle

I’ve been trying to up my container planting game for a few years now and I’m still not happy with my progress. I have learned to experiment more and stuff each container to capacity but I still need work. I’d love your feedback on this one. It seems to be thriving in its shady location. Be gentle but be honest.

QOTD – What is your go-to container planting combo? I have no shame in stealing all of your brilliant ideas.