In the background

One of the most important elements in landscaping is also one of the most neglected, the concept of creating a good backdrop for our featured, prized horticultural specimens.

Picture a colorful drift of tulips in a nicely mulched three foot wide garden bed. Now picture that same vignette with a backdrop of lush evergreens, possibly interspersed with the contrasting browns, tans, and whites of a pretty stand of birch trees. Continue reading “In the background”

True confessions

Broken, battered,  fallen plants. It’s a natural way of life. They grow anyway, usually.

A windstorm can snap off a brittle stem or flatten a stand of wild grasses or wheat. A hailstorm can rip off flower petals as well as any angry toddler.

When the storm passes, the stems grow upward again. Often they climb a nearby plant for support, whether or not that companion was likewise damaged. Sometimes the support is mutual, and the intertwined stems do together what they could not do alone.

It is not uncommon to find vining plants knocked off their trellises after a storm. Continue reading “True confessions”