Posts Tagged ‘perennials’

It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

After spending seven years living with a tiny town garden, moving to a property measured in acres rather than square feet was an unmissable opportunity, and I certainly have no regrets. I do have to chuckle, though, when I get the comment “Oh, you’re so lucky to have all that space for gardening. You can plant whatever you want!” Both statements are true, but it’s not all fluffy clouds and rainbows, you know. Having ample space for gardening creates ample opportunities for making really big mistakes. Continue reading

A Bit More Gorgeous Golden Foliage

Caryopteris x clandonensis 'Worcester Gold' with lettuce and Geranium 'Gerwat' (Rozanne)

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra

In the days BB (Before Blogging), I dreaded dreary days. Now, I am very grateful that it has been gloomy and drizzly today, because I’m finally able to finish up my series of posts on some favorite golden foliage, with a sampling of some chartreuse-leaved perennial-ish plants. To start with, here’s one that’s technically a shrub (or sub-shrub) but usually sold as a perennial (hence perennial-ish): Caryopteris.

Continue reading

Dark and Light – Part 3

Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' with Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing'

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra

I promise this is the last post on burgundy and gold – for a while, anyway. (You can find the previous posts in Part 1 and Part 2.) For this one, I’ve pulled a few perennial-based combos. Above is a late-summer view of one of my favorite pairings in what passes for shade in my tree-less garden: golden Hakone grass (Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’) with the near-black foliage of ‘Ravenswing’ cow parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris). It’s pretty high-contrast for most of the growing season, but as fall approaches, the grass starts taking on pinkish tinges that softens the effect a bit.

Continue reading