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Friday
Mar062009

Web Photos That I Like

This photograph demonstrates how critical it is to pay attention to the spacing of plants and the location of sun when planning a perennial garden. The key plants in this composition are tall pink Eupatoreum in the background and silver-blue Perovskia in the front of the border. The annual, Verbena  bonariensis, separates the two. In this picture, Perovskia appears to be growing horizontally instead of upright and stately as it is known to do. Usually a composition of pink and silver blue is eye-catching because the two colors play off against each other. It is less successful when Perovskia kneels to find the sun. What appears to have happened here is that Perovskia is being crowded out by the plant behind it and is not receiving full sun all day long. Instead, as the sun moves away from this composition, the Perovskia bends over to follow it. Many gardeners are content to leave this composition as it is and to enjoy the casualness of the composition. Those that insist on a neater looking garden, or who want the pink and silver-blue to be closer together, will stake Perovskia to keep it upright. Being a vigorous plant, strong stakes will be required. In the left foreground of the picture, the silver-green low-growing plant is Sedum. This photograph was taken at Kilmalu Gardens on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

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