Summing up my recent trip to Chanticleer in a single blog post is impossible. Every turn, every vista, every nook elicited gasps, and if I’m truthful a silent tear or two – it was that remarkable. I was in awe. Bear in mind that this visit was at the very end of October, just before the garden closed for the season and you’ll understand why I’m eager to return again and again.
To give you just a flavor or two of the foliage combinations that had me reaching for my camera I’ve created this ‘inspiration scrapbook‘ which I hope you’ll bookmark – or pin to Pinterest – to kick-start those creative juices next spring.
Clustered terracotta pots facilitates fast makeovers when each one is planted with a single specimen. Keeping to a lemon, emerald and silver color scheme allows the foliage textures to shine.
Wake up a traditional facade with two trios of teal pots featuring non-traditional foliage plants – flowers are a bonus!
Containers within the border itself echo the color of the Bismark palms while creating a bold counterpoint to the spiky textures.
Monochromatic elegance from this tropical medley that includes a skirt of Calathea ‘Zebrina’.
Drama in true Chanticleer style – love the wispy Mexican feather grass tucked in-between the bolder foliage
We all love coleus, and often combine them with ferns, but this color pairing was really special.
And then there were the foliage plants that needed little in the way of accompaniment.
To me though, Chanticleer is all about the attention to the tiniest of details – and many of these rely on foliage.
Want to know more?
I recently wrote a post on my own blog; Lessons from Chanticleer – When a Path Becomes an Experience. Intrigued??
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Plan to Visit
Chanticleer will be re-opening on March 28th 2018.
If you live close enough, consider a 2018 Season Pass for yourself or a friend!
Happy Thanksgiving from Team Fine Foliage!