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Tall, dark, and handsome

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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

This dusky container design is quietly dramatic. It was designed by Peter Robideaux and his staff in Brookfield, Connecticut, to be an example of what could be achieved with the plants he sells in his nursery, Peter’s Home and Garden. They chose to stick with deep and blackish greens, which harmonize with the stunning urn, and played with contrast to make an impact. Take a look at the before and after photos to see what a difference water, fertilizer, and a couple of months makes.

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  1. arboretum 05/07/2010

    While i am all for "dramatic", this arrangement is too monotone for me. Rather than the busy airiness of a sambucus Black Lace coming out of the top, i'd much prefer to see a bolder shape and form for the dominant plant- like Canna Red Stripe.It also would bring a needed verticality to the piece. The somewhat one-note duskiness in the base/skirting plants would liven up with the inclusion/substitution of Acorus or hakonechloa All Gold or lysimachia numularia aurea or.......

  2. BillyGoodnick 05/08/2010

    Contrary to arboretum, I like the almost monoculture of this composition. There are subtle "conversations" going on between the foliage textures, especially the larger leaves at the top. There's a time for splash and dash, but at close range, I like to soft-pedal (or is that petal?) the intensity. Thanks for posting.

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