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Matrix Planting

This organizing strategy makes for a dynamic design that blurs the line between wild and cultivated

Fine Gardening - Issue 161

When designer Adam Woodruff was hired to create a landscape for a newly renovated home in Illinois, the existing site was mostly turf with a swimming pool surrounded by a concrete apron, all amid a rural setting with views of the surrounding pastures and woods. The home owners wanted to preserve the view and seamlessly blend their home into its surroundings. Adam wanted to create a different take on a meadow, with a clear formula that takes away the ambiguity to which a planted meadow can often succumb. He did so by carefully selecting palettes of low-growing, low-care, sturdy grasses and perennials that he wove together in an artful pattern—or matrix—punctuated by contrasting and taller accent plants to direct the eye. The result is a calming, gorgeous view, which attracts pollinators, birds, and wildlife to the home owners’ doorstep.

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