Foliage Before Flowers In The Garden

This is all about creating plant combinations focusing on foliage rather than the flowers. It is only natural that our eyes are drawn to the blooms first of all, but when we take a second look we can discover amazing shapes and textures in the leaves themselves. Gardening With Foliage First is the title of a new book which is reviewed in an article which I found on the Three Dogs In A Garden blog.

I’d love to go plant shopping with Karen Chapman and Christina Salwitz! In the introduction to their latest book,?Gardening with Foliage First,?here’s how they describe their plant hunting expeditions:
“What do you get when you let two designers loose in a nursery? A car filled to overflowing with a wild assortment of trees, shrubs, perennials and more. It is a given that you will not be able to see out the rear window, and you should expect to have plants on the seats, on the floor and in the cup holders. It is only when the plants are precariously balanced on the dashboard that we think we have enough.”

It might be tricky finding additional room in the car for yet another shopper, but somehow I think I would fit right in with these two plant enthusiasts! In real life, Karen and Christina are friends who encourage and challenge one another, which brings out the best in both ot them.?Readers certainly stand to benefit from their passion for plants in general, and their love of foliage in particular.
Karen and Christina advise you to head to your local nursery or garden centre with a plan in mind. Without a wish list, you’re much more likely to end up with a shopping cart full of pretty blooms. Once those flowers fade, you’ll find that you have spent all your money on a bit of short-term glory.

I’d also add that most gardeners shop in the early spring. If you head home with a car load of spring bloomers, your garden is going to be pretty lack-lustre later in the summer and fall.
Focusing on foliage rather than flowers is a more novel approach to creating plant combinations. When you stop to really consider them, you’ll find that leaves often have very attractive colors, textures, veining and variegation. In their latest collaboration, Karen and Christina show us how to use these unique features and create combinations that accentuate them.

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