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A book-matched set

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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

These subtle and intriguing beds were designed by Rebecca Batchie for a garden in Kent, Connecticut, and punctuate the ends of two long mixed borders. They add continuity to this garden and their mirror-image layout unites the two beds. The plants in this garden include elephant ears (Colocasia esculenta cv., Zones 8-11), asparagus fern (Asparagus densiflorus, Zone 11), Oxalis (Oxalis cv., Zones 9-11), and a bronze sedge (Carex sp., Zones 6-9).

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  1. Deanneart 08/04/2010

    Beautiful borders, love the stone work

  2. gottagarden 08/04/2010

    Only the sedge is hardy for Conn., So this bed must be replanted every year? Seems a shame not to have done something in perennials.

  3. ncgardener 08/04/2010

    Wow, I love the rock bed. I have a slope in my back yard that I have been trying to figure out what to do with. This is a great idea. Definitely on my to do list.

  4. gphi516 08/04/2010

    I'd like to know how a person can get into the indusrty of garden design? I'm not sure if there is any type of classes, or something along those lines. Thanks!

  5. PlantManager 08/04/2010

    Very nicely done. balanced. restful.

  6. arboretum 08/04/2010

    i understand gottagarden's point, but from the photos, it seems that this is an adventurous Tropical whimsy; relief from all the other(perennial) beds. So I think it's great.
    i lean towards the belief that colocasia often look awkward in a z.5/6 perennial border , so the fact that these tropical bookends are separate from the other beds- makes good visual design sense to me.

    The plant palette in these bookends is very compatible and innovative. If the shots were sharper, we could see better the purple sea of oxalis and the fluffy asparagus cloud under the bold colocasia. I think it would be a stronger statement w/ purple colocasia, but it's still a neat combo!

    thanks much,becca,and congrats!
    mindy
    http://www.cottonarboretum.com/

  7. agardener 08/05/2010

    What a nice way to add height to one side of a gentle slope. Nicely done

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