Ordinary Plants In Extraordinary Gardens
This week after reading the following by Carl18; One last word about the 'commercialization' of gardening and all those nurseries and growers that are hell-bent on producing dozens of NEW and THRILLING varieties each year('Let's hear it for plant swaps, divisions and seeds!') -
give me an interesting garden of solid old standards, well presented, any time, over a tired collection of this year's trendiest plants combined with last year's tired novelties!
and a great little piece linked below written by By Carol King Platt in the NY Times, I began to give some thought to those older more commonly used varieties. To be frank many of the old tried and true plants I tend not to buy for two reasons; one been there done that, and secondly it tend to associate certain plants with certain time periods and garden styles much in the same way that I could never look at an avocado appliance without associating it with kitchens of the 60s and 70Âs. I do think however that Carl and Ms Platt make a great case for rethinking the use of these commonly used plants by incorporating them with an uncommon design. This season I found myself with more Stachys byzantine Lambs Ears than any one gardener should own and created a new garden layering that in front followed by lavender and ÂThe FairyÂ rose which is a design repeated in many landscapes in my neck of the woods. How would you have used the Lambs Ears in a more creative way? What plant combinations have you created using common and uncommon plants that youÂre thrilled with? What are some of the old standards that you wouldnÂt garden without? IÂd love to see some photos as well. Kt