|Kathy Mackenzie, Abington, Massachusetts |
About an article on a 2007 Container Design Challenge. Answers below.....
"Balancing shapes with textures.
While all of the plants Sheila chose for this planting are succulent, their widely varying textures make the combination dynamic. The paddle plant’s broad leaves and the aeonium’s dark foliage add visual bulk to cover up the stalk of the weeping yucca. As a whole, the plants also inversely mimic the shape of their vessel, creating a pleasingly balanced composition. Sheila and her husband moved from the shady suburbs of Chicago to the intense sun and dry air of Denver just four years ago. We think she’s putting her new palette of sun-loving plants to good use."
Weeping yucca (Yucca recurvifolia, USDA Hardiness Zones 7–9)
Pencil tree (Euphorbia tirucallii, not hardy below Z 11)
Paddle plant (Kalanchoe thyrsiflora, Z 11)
‘Zwartkop’ aeonium (Aeonium arboreum ‘Zwartkop’, Z 9–11)
‘Angelina’ sedum (Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’, Z 6–9)
Tropicanna® canna (Canna Tropicanna®, Zones 8-11)
'Silvery Sunproof' liriope (Liriope muscari 'Silvery Sunproof', Zones 6-10)
Geranium (Pelargonium cv., Zone 11)
'Sweet Caroline Red' sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas 'Sweet Caroline Red', Zone 11)
Calibrachoas (Calibrachoa cvs., annual)
'Lemon Symphony' osteospermum (Osteospermum 'Lemon Symphony', Zones 10-11
"This thriller is a spiller, too. Jane stumbled upon the rex begonia vine while searching the nursery for a thriller. Trained on a metal hoop, it makes an excellent centerpiece for her entry. She loves the purple and silver leaves, and chose the remaining plants to highlight both the purple tones in the vine’s leaves and the purple-glazed pot. Eventually, Jane trained the thriller into a spiller and visually pulled the plants together."
Rex begonia vine (Cissus discolor, Z 11)
Purple shamrock (Oxalis triangularis, Z 6–10)
Shadow Dancer™ Ginger fuchsia (Fuchsia Shadow Dancer™ Ginger, Z 9–11)
Velvet Moon™ wishbone flower (Torenia fournieri Velvet Moon™, annual)
Until next time, stay tuned for more from the garden.......
Next post is on what we Tucson gardeners need to be doing in our gardens this month.