I’m Ruth Kenworthy Ecker of Wellesley, Massachusetts. I am a member of a local garden club and serve on the board of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts. Though I have no formal training in hands-on-horticulture, I have adored gardens all my life and have been observant of those elements that appeal to me. After retiring, I thought I’d try try my hand at landscape design. Green-on-green is soothing to me. But who doesn’t like color? I also maintain two manageable, perennial garden plots filled with color mostly in a rosy pallet.
This is an absolutely beautiful, but simple, combination. Spotted deadnettle (Lamium maculatum, Zones 3–8) is a vigorous (sometimes a little too vigorous) ground cover with silver painted leaves, here combining perfectly with a white variegated euphorbia (Euphorbia sp.).
A purple ornamental onion (Allium sp.) shows off beautifully here mixed with ferns. It almost looks like the ferns are flowering!
A view of part of Ruth’s garden handiwork showing her emphasis on rich shades of green, but with points of color here and there.
This butterfly certainly appreciates the flowers. It has settled on a lantana (Lantana camara, Zones 8–10 or as an annual), which is a plant always well loved by butterflies.
A study in shades of green. Sometimes green fades into the background in a garden, but without any flowers, this scene allows you to take a moment and appreciate all the different shades and variants of green and how beautiful they are.
Here the green is broken up with delicate flowers of astilbe (Astilbe chinensis, Zones 4–8) and comfortable chairs welcoming you to sit back and enjoy the quiet beauty.
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