Leading us down the garden path
Garden’s show-offs, beauties and flirts lure us with their own special language
THERE ARE PEOPLE who talk to plants, but it’s unlikely to be a reciprocal dialogue. After all, plants evolved millions of years before humans — and got along quite well without us — so there’s no reason for them to communicate.
There are plants, however, that do make a statement by their very presence, as in: “Stop right there and look at me — yes, me.”
Some of these plants demand attention without even trying. A glorious rose bush in full bloom easily catches the eye, calling out, “Get over here right this moment and bow down before me.”
And people always do, because if the pure perfection of the splayed petals don’t get you, the fragrance will, and before you know it you’ve agreed: “Yes, you are gorgeous.”
Simply looking gorgeous certainly helps, but it isn’t just the pretty ones that attract attention.
Like guys in a gym pumping iron to get a body that says “I’m da man,” there are muscular plants that take on a macho persona. They’re big, bold, architectural