Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Color and Texture
This is a small border that is less than a year old in the Moonlight Garden in SJC. It runs between the play lawn and the "Tricycle Track" that surrounds the lawn. In this area all of the flowers are white (thus the "Moonlight Garden"), but what I wanted to show was the variety of shades of green and the combination of textures that makes this spot interesting all year round. I expect it will take until the end of summer for these plants to fill in enough to cover the ground and eliminate the need for weeding. In a few weeks the white airy gaura (upper left) will be blooming as well the species crocus with the grass-like foliage. The stiff arborvitae has a tinge of yellow and the lamb's ears are a soft bluish gray. In the lower right corner is helichrysum 'Limelight'. As a side note, all of these plants take lots of abuse, from the dogs, kids and toys.