Today we’re taking a trip back to the Philadelphia garden of sculptor Syd Carpenter. If you missed our last visit to her garden, check it out here.
Ariseama ringens (cobra lily, Zones 6–9). This plant gets its common name from its unusual flowers, but here the enormous, glossy green leaves are the star of the show.
White caladium (Caladium bicolor, Zones 10–11 or as an annual) always makes a brilliant statement in the garden, but pairing it with dark foliage and flowers is just magical.
Blooming annuals catch the sun.
Fall color on a hosta, combined with a turquoise pot that Syd made herself.
Syd is a great lover of beautiful garden pots, some of which she has made herself, and others, like this one, that she has collected over the years. I love the idea of using pots as sculptures rather than always needing to put something growing in them.
The garden along the sidewalk. How lucky Syd’s neighbors are to get to walk past this every day!
A perfect use of different foliage blending together, with the yellow ‘Sun King’ Aralia (Aralia cordata ‘Sun King’, Zones 4–8), a begonia, and the leaves of the hardy impatiens (Impatiens omeiana, Zones 7–9), which has the beautiful dark green leaves with a bright white stripe down the center.
A wide view of this wonderful garden shows the color coming primarily from foliage plants.
Another one of Syd’s beautiful pots, this time with a plant in it, catching a ray of sunshine.
‘Sun King’ aralia in the back anchors this planting, and in the front left, lettuce leaf poppies (Papaver somniferum, annual) have mostly finished flowering, but their gray foliage and seed heads still contribute a lot to this planting.
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