11 June 2010

Working together

The beds infront of my house are in their second year, and things are starting to come together. I'm particularly fond of this section at the moment:
Here we have my beloved cardoons, fronted with the stunning Allium christophii mixed with bronze fennel. (It suddenly strikes me that this is edible landscaping... not that I could bear to cut and eat any of it, but still. All three are vegetables.)
Believe it or not, when I started planting here last spring, I was planning all hot colors -- red, oranges and yellows accented with purple foliage and a bit of blue. But somehow I started planting silver foliage (because I can't resist cardoons), and I don't like yellow tones with silver, so all the orange and yellows got ripped out. Then I started planting purples and blues, and... I'm liking it. A lot. It will be interesting to see the look evolve as the summer goes on and my Salvia 'Black and Blue' (from tubers I saved from last year) and Crocosmia 'Lucifer' come into flower.


Nic said...

Very pretty indeed! I admire your ability to actually remove plants that do noty fit the color scheme. Usually when a plangt does well in a particular spot I do not dare touch it, even if it does not fit as well as I had originally hoped.

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