There's something to be said for the tried and true. I ran across this trio of uber-common perennials in a street-side planting plot today while walking. While the plants and arrangement are not unique or uncommon in any way whatsoever, it still looks fresh and is pleasing nonetheless.
It’s an almost sure bet that no one has done much of anything with these plants, including watering. Yet here we are in the middle of a heat wave and they look as pert and perky as ever.
The longer I have been doing this garden thing, the less I turn my nose up at the old standbys. A happy plant is always more attractive than one that is struggling.
There. I said it. Oh dear, am I getting boring?
P.S. I suppose I should ID the plants, just in case. Front to back: Achillea (yarrow), Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ and Perovskia (Russian Sage).
I saw these plants on a recent walk in the neighborhood and was able to catch a "before" and "after" of these Yucca gloriosa 'Variegata' (not sure I've got the plant ID exactly right, but that's close) as they were being groomed to remove old, unsightly, winter-damaged foliage. Sometimes the difference between having a Yucca plant that looks great, one you're happy to be growing, and one that looks unkempt and unattractive is just a few minutes of elbow grease.
I was struck by this engaging front entry that I saw while walking in the neighborhood recently. I was impressed by the cohesiveness of the color story they employed. Even in the dead of winter, on a cloudy and otherwise dreary day, this scene has snap. They've repeatedly used a coppery red; in the accent paint and containers flanking the front entry and then draw it out further with foliage and stems in a similar shade. Bravo!
While walking the neighborhood I encountered this creative way to add visual interest to raised cedar beds by using a router (or similar tool) to add a simple linear pattern to the exterior. These beds were newly constructed; I look forward to watching this streetside vegetable garden develop.
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