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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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The Belle of the Foliage Garden Ball

Team Fine Foliage is in full blown garden design and planting time for spring. This means that our fans get to revel in even MORE juicy photos while we are out in the leaves and out from behind the computer!

This week we take a look at the multitude of ways you might choose to highlight spheres in your garden with foliage. Pairing all manner of spheres and round objects from planted to recycled to ceramic and metal with amazing foliage makes them stand out and shows off YOUR art in the garden. Enjoy some of the collected photos from my photo library that feature some incredible foliage AND unique art in the round. 🙂

The Belle of the Foliage Garden Ball

Design by Heather Little Bradley

The Belle of the Foliage Garden Ball

Dale Chihuly at the Columbus Conservatory

The Belle of the Foliage Garden Ball

Design by JJ DeSousa

The Belle of the Foliage Garden Ball

Design by Linda Ernst

The Belle of the Foliage Garden Ball

In the garden named Floramagoria, Portland Oregon

The Belle of the Foliage Garden Ball

Floramagoria, Portland Oregon

The Belle of the Foliage Garden Ball

Linda Ernst Garden

The Belle of the Foliage Garden Ball

Mitch Evans Garden

The Belle of the Foliage Garden Ball

Joanne White Garden

The Belle of the Foliage Garden Ball

Eppings Garden

The Belle of the Foliage Garden Ball

Bella Madrona Garden, Portland, Oregon

The Belle of the Foliage Garden Ball

Bella Madrona Garden, Portland, Oregon

The Belle of the Foliage Garden Ball

Unknown artist at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show

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