Creating a Picture Frame with Foliage

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There were only two or three poppies when I looked out this morning. Pretty, but hardly noteworthy. Yet when these are viewed within a glorious leafy picture frame the scene suddenly comes into focus.

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You see although we wrote FINE FOLIAGE we aren’t anti-flowers. It’s just that most flowers such as these poppies have only a fleeting beauty and contribution to the garden scene is equally short lived. Whereas foliage cannot only hold the garden together, it can enhance the flowers when they do have their moment  in the spotlight.

Bronze fennel is a wonderful addition to the garden but be sure to cut off the flowers or you will have a lifetime supply!

Bronze fennel is a wonderful addition to the garden but be sure to cut off the flowers or you will have a lifetime supply!

These simple Oriental poppies can be viewed from many angles within my garden and so a tapestry of foliage has been used to create a multi-framed scene. Feathery bronze fennel creates a soft haze, while playing off the dark splotches at the base of each flower petal.

The perfect color echo between Double Play spirea and the distant poppies

The perfect color echo between Double Play spirea and the distant poppies

‘Double Play’ spirea has bright rosy new growth (thanks to the deer who keep trimming it) – and these sunset tones are the perfect accompaniment to the bold orange poppies.

The late blooming Crocosmia will not only continue the color story with their orange flowers and seed heads but the foliage will hide the poppy as it goes into summer dormancy

The late blooming Crocosmia will not only continue the color story with its orange flowers and seed heads but the foliage will hide the poppy as it goes into summer dormancy

Then there are the broad vertical blades of Crocosmia (later with orange flowers), the peeling cinnamon colored bark of a paperbark maple (Acer griseum) and in the distance the bright foliage  of my favorite tree – the golden locust tree (Robinia pseudoacacia ‘Frisia’).

Everything looks good with a golden locust tree!

Everything looks good with a golden locust tree!

Use the foliage in your garden to frame the flowers and the entire scene will be transformed into a memorable ‘garden moment’.

(Oh and the reason there are only a few poppies? The deer ate the rest. Yes I know….. “deer don’t eat poppies“. Right….)

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3 thoughts on “Creating a Picture Frame with Foliage

  1. Pingback: Do Your Poppies POP? | Fine Foliage

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