Garden Photo of the Day

The Midas touch

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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

Here’s an exciting scene from a garden in Oakland, California. I love how the gold pedestal really makes this corner of the garden pop. The trunks of the bananas are like columns in a room, and the the burgundy leaves of the loropetalum are their perfect companion. The huge leaves of the rice-paper plant (Tetrapanax papyrifer, USDA Hardiness Zones 6-11) add to the tropicalismo feel of this space.

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  1. arboretum 02/21/2011

    terrific shot michelle. also great to see such unusual plant material!

  2. rion 02/21/2011

    Beautiful! Love the combination of plants and makes me want to see more of your yard! Nice job.

  3. sheilaschultz 02/21/2011

    Are you sure you weren't in a jungle somewhere? I keep waiting for Tarzan and Jane to walk by.

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