Plant Crush: Aquilegia

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Every September I make a plant order from Holland for us to grow in our nursery the following year. I create the list based on the plants I have seen in inspiring gardens throughout the year (either through Pinterest, traveling or reading) or just those that catch my eye in the catalog. The plants then arrive at the tail end of winter for us to plant and nurture in the greenhouse until they are rooted and can start planting outdoors. There is a good six months between ordering the plants and when they arrive, and then another two months before we get to see them in all their glory.  Before the end of the year, the plants I order normally find a home, but if not we add them to the gardens around our offices or at my home. The result of my ordering process results in a lot of excitement around the greenhouse in April/May as we get to see what unique items we have to play with this year.   Plant Crush: Aquilegia vulgaris 'Black Barlow', Thinking Outside the Boxwood

Aquilegia vulgaris ‘Black Barlow’ is an example of a plant I saw in a Pinterest pin and ordered 100 plants without a specific project to use.  The image that spurred my purchase is from a garden designed by Wilson McWilliams for the Chelsea Flower show. The link for the image does not go back to a site with any information, but with more research ‘Black Barlow’ was used in the Cloudy Bay Discovery Garden in the  RHS 2013 Chelsea Flower Show.   Plant Crush: Aquilegia vulgaris 'Black Barlow', Thinking Outside the Boxwood     With my order of bareroot plants, we got a surprise with an additional cultivar and species of Aquilegia plants; Aquilegia ‘Chrysantha’ and Aquilegia vulgaris ‘Rose Barlow’. The ‘Chrysantha’ is a beautiful yellow with delicate yellow cup flower surrounded by five long, pale outer petals, while the ‘Rose Barlow’ is a pink with white tips flower matching the ‘Black Barlow’. We only have a few of these plants so will either use them in a container design or in our gardens around the shop. Plant Crush: Aquilegia vulgaris 'Black Barlow': Aquilegia vulgaris 'Black Barlow'Aquilegia 'Chrysantha' and Aquilegia vulgaris 'Rose Barlow', Thinking Outside the Boxwood

I will share photos of these planted in the garden later this year. With only 100 plants I think these will go pretty fast.

Six Chartreuse Perennials and Shrubs for your Garden

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A few weeks ago I posted about a garden in Cheshire, England I visited awhile back and one of the key features of the garden was the use of chartreuse perennials throughout the gardens. When viewing a garden you can appreciate the hue spectrum found in green foliage. In particular, chartreuse is a great color to add to the garden given its distance from “grass green” in the color spectrum.

ILady's Mantle - Alchemila mollis ,Chartreuse Perennials and Shrubs for your Garden, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

 

I have curated a group of six perennials and shrubs with chartreuse foliage you can in corporate into your garden and container designs. These are all plants I have used in my designs and have had great success with. Also, the list is limited to perennials and shrubs because the list of annuals would be endless.

 

Six Chartreuse Perennials and Shrubs for your Garden, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

 

USING IN A DESIGN

A successful garden and container design is created by the relationship of the plants selected and how the play with (or against) another. One of my favorite combos with chartreuse plants are those with black/purple green foliage. The high contrast of the two shades, highlight both colors’ uniqueness.

Heuchera 'Obsidian' and Hakonekloa macra 'Aureola' : Six Chartreuse Perennials and Shrubs for your Garden, Thinking Outside the Boxwood Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens' and Sedum 'Angelina' : Six Chartreuse Perennials and Shrubs for your Garden, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

 

PLANT DETAILS

Here are links to plant profiles and growers for the six plants profiled. You can use these links to confirm if a plant will work in your zone, sun exposure and soil conditions. (CLICK ON THE PHOTOS TO LINK OUT)

Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola'Cotinus coggygria 'Ancot' - Golden Spiritalchemilla_mollis_ladysmantleSagina subulata 'Aurea' - scotch mossHumulus lupulus 'Aureus' -  Golden HopsPhyscoarpus opulifolius 'darts gold'

In Bloom – November 10, 2014

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I think this will be the final cuttings of items in bloom this year. Almost all the leaves are gone and all the perennials in the nursery are in beds to be wintered over. Below are the final collection of color and some final bounty of harvest off the figs. I will need to replace the in bloom posts with holiday decorating and then planning for 2015.

Bergenia cordifolia ‘Bach’ (Pigsqueak), Beta vulgaris ‘Ruby Red’ (Swiss Chard), Geranium wallichianumHavana Blues‘ (Havana Blues Cranesbill), Senicio serpens (Blue Chalk Sticks), Rosa ssp. (Rose hips), Ficus carica ‘Brown Turkey’(Brown Turkey Fig), Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’ (Royal Purple Smokebush), Kalanchoe thrysiflora (Flapjacks)

 

In Bloom - November 10, 2014, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

 

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