FAB­RI­CAT­ING THE FEEL­ING

Country Gardens - - Breaking Ground Flower Power -

Gar­dener Maude Odgers, who trained as a fine art painter be­fore she took up weav­ing, sug­gests work­ing tex­ture into a gar­den from the ground up, us­ing the en­tire scene as a can­vas. She con­sid­ers the color and height of a plant’s blooms and fo­liage, and also whether a plant’s over­all tex­ture is fine (such as cos­mos), medium (such as se­dum), or broad (such as hosta). Con­tainer plant­ings, stone ac­cents, bird­houses, and other el­e­ments all add to the tex­tu­ral in­ter­change.

Maude sug­gests these plants as ex­am­ples. FINE TEX­TURE:

• Box­wood (Buxus cul­ti­vars) • Pur­ple moor­grass (Molinia

caerulea ‘Var­ie­gata’) • Blues­tar (Am­so­nia hubrichtii) • Cos­mos cul­ti­vars • Sneeze­weed (He­le­nium

‘Mo­er­heim Beauty’)

MEDIUM TEX­TURE:

• Per­si­caria affi­nis ‘Su­perba’ • Tall se­dum (Hy­lotele­phium

cul­ti­vars)

• Pur­ple smoke tree (Cot­i­nus

cog­gy­gria ‘Grace’) • African lily (Aga­pan­thus

cul­ti­vars)

• Iris cul­ti­vars

BROAD TEX­TURE:

• Hosta cul­ti­vars • Lamb’s-ears (Stachys

byzantina)

• Co­ral­bells (Heuchera

cul­ti­vars) • Hy­drangea cul­ti­vars

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