Had fun coming up with plant palettes for a couple of projects today. Since I so often seem to be thinking in vignettes, picking plants is one of my favorite things to do – especially when it’s for other people. As most of you know, I have no room whatsoever left in my learning-lab garden, so opportunities like this is where I get to play all the more – and, on someone else’s tab, to boot!!! Sure, the choosing process can sometimes be agonizing too, because there are so many great plants to choose from, but this time around, the clients wanted it done fast. There was no time to order plants in, and I had to make do with what was already available.. Largely because of the talents of our buyer, this did not create much of a hurdle at all.
Both clients have downtown condos with two terraces. The first condo faces southwest, and the client loves red, so it will be a study in hot colors and heat tolerant fare. The terraces of the second condo face northeast and northwest. On the east side, the plantings will have softer, more gentle tones, while westward will mix in more intense chroma. To this client, color is less important than foliar texture, but she requested whites, greens and grays on the east side, and oranges and corals on the other. I will be planting next week, if all goes well.
This is the northeast terrace of the first condo. The planter is a bit overgrown, and needs some editing. Some of the things that were planted have outgrown their space, and will need to come out.
This motley collection is for the second condo. Personal faves include the fuzzy leaves of the Silver sage and the soft new growth of the Callistemon viridiflora. And I think the white leaves of Stachys ‘Bello grigio’ will practically glow in the moonlight, as will the Daphne ‘Briggs Moonlight’.
The whiter side of things… the small white flowers next to the Silver sage is this wonderful little ground cover rose. The flowers are only about the size of a quarter. Adorable…
Fuchsia ‘Gartenmeister’ is a personal favorite of the client, and luckily we had some. The Moyer’s Red Nandina will look good against the white brick wall.
For the second condo, it’s more of a clean slate. There are some existing planters that we’re switching out the contents of, and adding some more pots. By now there should be some furniture added to this space.
This has a completely different feel to it – lots of color and architectural form.
A few spikes, and some billowy grasses too. I’m adding a couple of Bright Edge yuccas as well, but those didnt make it into the photo. That rose is another ground cover rose called ‘Peach drift’. It will bloom throughout the season, and has a wonderful perfume. The Zauschnerias and the Cape Fuchsias will crank up the heat a bit.
They are rather small now, but the Lagerstroemia ‘PDX red’ will soon be anchoring the composition on the lower level terrace. The two compact Arizona cypresses will do the same on the upper level.
I’m looking forward to seeing how it all turns out. But tomorrow, I’ll be playing in my own backyard. I’m looking forward to that even more. 🙂