Today’s GPOD features the work of Seattle garden designer Stacie Crooks.
Regular readers of Fine Gardening have seen Stacie’s work countless times. Her designs have been on the cover at least three times and are always appearing inside the magazine, too. Here is a look at some of her work you haven’t seen, and we think we have found the clue to how she creates such amazing designs.

Stacie tends to rely on the same plants through many of her designs. Heathers (Calluna spp. and cvs.) and Viburnum davidii are some of her go-to plants. But when we use them, they never look this good.

Again, if you gave us the same plants and the same space, it wouldn’t look anything like this.

Why haven’t I thought to combine ‘Aurea’ Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra ‘Aurea’) with ‘Brilliance’ wood fern (Dryopteris erythrosora ‘Brilliance’)?

Of course, the bear’s breeches (Acanthus spp. and cvs.) poking through the ‘Aurea’ Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra ‘Aurea’) is planned, right?

That’s how she does it! She uses The Force to move plants around and coax enhanced growth and flowering from them! It all makes sense now.

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