Today we’re visiting with Eric Sternfels. We’ve visited his garden before (Big Garden Small Space, Part 1), and it is always a beautiful pleasure.
I thought I might submit more photos from my garden as spring turns to summer. In my garden, I have experimented by grouping plants with similar foliage color. Ignoring the conventional advice of juxtaposing foliage for maximum contrast, I believe there are special benefits to grouping bronze or chartreuse or silvery foliage together. The effect is more soothing than planting strategies that have each plant popping from its neighbors.
This photo shows Hakonechloa ‘All Gold’ (Zones 5–9), Hosta ‘Stained Glass’ (Zones 3–9), and a Tiarella hybrid (Zones 3–8) that flow together to create a pocket of light in my dappled-light garden. Also grouped together are bronze/green leaves of Heuchera ‘Plum Pudding’ (Zones 4–9), annual begonia (Begonia hybrid, Zones 10–11 or as an annual), and Cotinus coggrygia ‘Royal Purple’ (smokebush, Zones 4–8).
Another view of the same planting.
The silvery tone of lamium (Lamium maculatum, Zones 3–8) flows into the Japanese painted fern ‘Burgundy Lace’ (Athyrium niponicum ‘Burgundy Lace’, Zones 3–8). Meanwhile, recent cuttings of ‘Main St. Beale St.’ coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides, Zones 11 or as an annual) repeats the burgundy tone of the glazed pot.
New Guinea impatiens (Impatiens hawkeri, Zones 10–11 or as an annual) are placed where leaves have ruddy undertones, like the hardy Begonia grandis (Zones 6–9) and Leucothoe shrub (Zones 6–9) and ghost fern (Athyrium ‘Ghost’, Zones 3–8) at the left. Underutilized Carex muskingomensis (palm sedge, Zones 4–9) is a great textural contrast to the common Hosta.
The buds of black cohosh (Actaea racemosa, Zones 3–8) mimic the whimsical “steam” in the kettle sculpture.
An unknown cultivar of Astilbe thunbergii (Zone 3–9) with Hosta sieboldiana (Zones 4–9) are the foreground for a rusty iron mattress spring. Soon to use the spring as a climbing trellis is a seedling of cypress vine (Ipomoea quamoclit, annual) which is just starting to climb above the hosta leaves.
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