Awright… here we go! The five little table gardens I made for Joy Creek this week, and wrote about in yesterday’s Vignette post.
I have wanted to make a beach inspired table garden forever. Think warm sand, flotsam, driftwood, polished rocks and sea shells. The plants used were: Allium senescens ssp montanum var. glaucum, Armeria maritima ‘Alba’, Laurentia fluviatilis (Blue star creeper), Nasella tenuissima (Mexican feather grass), and Thymus pseudolanuginosus (Wooly thyme).
The little Freesia laxa looked so good against that old rotting log, I just HAD to use it. Complementary puff cloud of flowers provided by Diascia ‘Blackthorn Apricot’. Thymus s. coccineus will (once it rises again after my abuses) add a lovely shade of purple flowers and fresh green leaves. That tight little carpet of green on the left corner is Thymus polytrichus ‘Minus’. Wonderful Sedum spurium ‘Fuldaglut’ ties it all together with its woodsy tones. What you sadly can’t see in this photo is fine-textured Sedum brevifolium ‘Red Form’, suggested by Kit. This addition kicked it up a notch further in my opinion – I wish you could see it, but since you can’t, you just have to trust me. Kit, who is a new employee for this year, took great interest in this in this project, was a great cheerleader, and also helped me secure these little compositions with fishing line – which quite frankly was a pain, so a big shoutout to him!
Not the best photo, and certainly not against this background, but hopefully you get the idea. I totally fell for the little Dianthus deltoides ‘Flashing Light’ – such a great red! Acaena in. ‘Purpurea’ can be expected to start spreading quite quickly, and I hope the same for Thymus s. coccineus. There is also Monardella mac. ‘Marian Simpson’, which supposedly will appreciate the excellent drainage in this kind of thing, Sempervivum ‘Icicle’, and finally a splash of green and a nice bright accent with the light pink flowers of Persicaria affinis.
I really should have photographed this before I watered it, as all those yummy Erodium chrysanthum flowers got all floppy after that. The basal rosette of Limonium sp. ‘Blue Diamond’ adds such a cool, bluish accent, and will soon erupt in a purple cloud. Sedum cauticola, Saxifraga k. ‘Foster’s Red’, and Thymus ‘Silver Posie’ will soon disrupt the cool elegance of this one, but for now I really like the way this works – despite the crappy perspective of this shot. Not sure what I was thinking when I took this – it looks WAY better in person.
I meant to make two shade tables, but in the end, I had so much fun making sun-loving ones that I ran out of blocks, so this is the only one I made for shade. Adiantum venustum (Himalayan Maidenhair fern) adds the frothy green goodness on the front corner (one of my favorites!), the Acorus gramineus ‘Pusillus Minimus Aureus’ looks much bigger than it actually is, against that upright log. In front of it is what will eventually be the main fun feature of this table – the little butter yellow lollipop flowers of Leptinella pyrethrifolia (which right now are kind of floppy after being pried apart, pushed around, and watered), the glossy dark green of Asarum europaeum, our native little Polypodium scouleri, and the awesome chartreuse fluff of Selaginella kraussiana ‘Aurea’. You can’t see it in this photo, but there is also a Saxifraga umbrosa ‘Variegata’ on the backside of the upright chunk of wood.
Since each of these portable tables is only a square foot in size, even a little 4″ pot was often too big. Often, a plant’s root structure determined its ultimate use. My best friend throughout this process was my horihori knife which I used to half and quarter the small plants. No wonder some of them look sulky after such rough treatment! Fingers crossed that they perk up soon!