Garden Photo of the Day

Another sweeping statement

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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

Speaking of sweeps (see Friday’s post), here’s another inspired sweep of plants from Freeland and Sabrina Tanner in their garden in Napa, California. This time it’s a border of lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantina, USDA Hardiness Zones 4-8) outside their guest house.

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  1. ncgardener 03/14/2011

    I like the look. I am trying to get lambs ear established along a couple of my borders but I am doing it the cheap way. Divide and conquer! It is nice to know what it will look like once established.

  2. perennialpal 03/14/2011

    This is stunning...such a different creation. I just love all the shades of green offset by the silvery lambs ear.

  3. BillyGoodnick 03/14/2011

    I like when gardeners "commit" and go bold in a border. This is a fine example of using a strong contrast to make a big statement. Great foliage study.

  4. rwotzak 03/14/2011

    Michelle, I hope you post more photos from Sabrina and Freeland's garden -- one of the most beautiful and inviting places I've ever been!

  5. Happily_Gardening 03/14/2011

    Spectacular! Serene and inviting, my dream home!

  6. gardengal42 03/14/2011

    My lambs ear are just coming awake they are a lovely silver and green color all winter BUT now will put out tall stalks that will give me beautiful flowers which I dry and use in arrangements. This a beautiful picture of lambs ear but mine have looked that good.

  7. gardengal42 03/14/2011

    Sorry about last entry This is a beautiful picture but mine have never looked that good. Any suggestions???

  8. Vespasia 03/14/2011

    Beautiful, so lush and serene, can't wait for spring, still have snow here!

  9. sheilaschultz 03/14/2011

    I want to live in their guest house! I use lamb's ears for the color and texture, but I generally hate the flowers, so off with their heads. This border, though, is what they were created for... it's just perfect.

  10. arboretum 03/14/2011

    word for word what sheila said!
    best,
    mindy
    http://www.cottonarboretum.com/

  11. h_down 03/15/2011

    GardenGal, I am with you. Mine always get kind of scruffy looking, but when they are in rich soil they seem to do better which is contrary to what I see in gardening mags that all say they can tolerate drought and sandy soil. Personally, I like the flowers too, and the bees love them! Perhaps if we mulched more and had the private gardener this guest house obviously has?

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