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Simple, Straightforward and Serene Foliage

Sweet, Simple and Serene FoliageAs Team Fine Foliage recovers from the Northwest Flower and Garden Show week, the official launch to the local gardening public of Gardening with Foliage First and as of today Karen Chapman is officially a “Nana”, we’re truly in recovery. So this post about “simplicity” seemed SO appropriate right now. 🙂

This shot above from the show last week was taken from the garden designed by Nature Perfect Landscape and Design, it was a crowd favorite for sure! But, for our purposes today, I’m only showing you this small portion of it even though there was MUCH more to it.

So why DOES this work so beautifully? It was SIMPLE! Groundcover plants were strategically used in this geometric patio design along with polished river rock and pavers. Small ‘Gold Moss’ stonecrop positively glows in this setting and having the black mondo grass as a contrast along with one of the many shades of Club Moss lining the wood pile/boulder seating space make it almost a magical detail that drew many many raves.

Simple, Straightforward and Serene FoliageThis small section from a garden design at the show also provided a great lesson in simplicity. Using golden sweet flag grass in multiples as a groundcover in this space looked sophisticated and would stay low around the spheres and dwarf rhododendrons. Designed by Jefferson Sustainable Landscape Management and Avid Landscape Design, the other elements in this display were fantastic as well!
Simple, Straightforward and Serene FoliageLast but certainly NOT least is “Mid-Mod-Mad….It’s Cocktail Hour in the Garden” another of my very favorite award-winning designs at the show from creator Father Nature Landscapes and designer Sue Goetz. Though I’m not showing you all of the display here, to further our point on simplicity, this one is a very good showing!

Proving the point that you don’t need 800 different types of plant material to have an excellent design. Sue chose to use lots and lots of Orange Sedge to surround and fill this space and bring your eye to the fire bowl, seating area and water feature in the background. Water loving umbrella grass sits in the water giving a nice vertical look on the colorful wall.

There you have a quick look at simple and serene ideas for using foliage repetition with a small palette of plants. Hope you enjoyed a few photos from the show, I’m sure you will see MANY more in future posts.

Cheers to catching our breath!

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3 Elements of Style

20140525-CS_IMG_9777This small pocket-garden at the edge of a quaint courtyard has come to life by the use of color, art and of course nature. The narrow palette of foliage colors; silver or white, green and fiery copper are both sophisticated and delicate all at once.

The color scheme for this planting draws on the creme, white and earth toned interior colors of the home to bring the outside in and create harmony throughout the rest of the garden with a similar focus on light, white, and variegated or silver foliage. The flame colored Heuchera plays a role in this triad of style as the showy color tying it all together with a color echo on the new growth on the dwarf Pieris.
The use of the water feature brings in the sounds and movement of water as one vital element in this design. The actual water feature itself lends itself to the homeowners focus on traditional style.
The use of the boulders brings in the natural element of stone, as does the paver-patio and natural stones that create the path.

There you have it! Stone, fire and water, the three elements of style for this tiny gem of a garden. The KEY PLAYERS? I thought you would never ask!

Key Players

Peach Flambe Heuchera‘Peach Flambe’ Heuchera

 

 

'Little Heath' Pieris‘Little Heath’ Pieris

 

 

Brunnera 'Jack Frost'
‘Jack Frost’ Brunnera


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