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A Subtle Weave

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Photo/Illustration: Virginia Small

This planting relies on the interplay of both contrasts and similarities. Feathery mauve seed heads of fountain grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Moudry’) contrast texturally with the stiff, bristly foliage of blue Colorado Spruce (Picea pungens ‘Glauca Globosa’) while offering a harmonizing link with the pinkish flower heads of PeeGee hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Grandiflora’). The veined hydrangea leaves and arching blades of fountain grass serve to knit all the elements together. Ellen Coster and Maurice Isaac created this combination in their Mattituck, New York, garden.


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  1. JardinDelSol 03/30/2011

    Beautiful and subtle....... very relaxing to the eye!

  2. Happily_Gardening 03/30/2011

    Love the play of textures and colors...very soothing!

  3. amanda4973 03/30/2011

    That's my kind of color scheme, and the textural contrast is nice too. I've had my eye on PeeGee hydrangea for some time.

  4. arboretum 03/30/2011

    oooh, YUMMM! Ellen and maurice, if you don't already do this, you might also enjoy matching your moudry w/ amsonia hubrechtii- golden ferny foliage backdrop to the black moudry seedheads!third photo down on this pg.>


  5. sheilaschultz 03/30/2011

    This is a heavenly combination, absolute perfection!

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