The plants here feature a lot of texture and interesting structures. Hydrangea & Conifers, Sedum & Hosta,... Just when one group of flowers is at its ‘peak of perfection’, another group is just finishing blooming! And so, gardeners are often heard to remark something like this..... “Oh, but you should have been here last week....the Dahlias ( or the roses, petunias, begonias, or whatever.....) were so beautiful then!”

The plants here feature a lot of texture and interesting structures. Hydrangea & Conifers, Sedum & Hosta,... Just when one group of flowers is at its ‘peak of perfection’, another group is just finishing blooming! And so, gardeners are often heard to remark something like this..... “Oh, but you should have been here last week....the Dahlias ( or the roses, petunias, begonias, or whatever.....) were so beautiful then!”

SQUEEZE PLAY: Landscape architect Rita Hodge added tall black bamboo and lower-growing perennials to soften this narrow, vertical entry. Photo: Ralph Smith Photography / handout

Vertical gardening takes plants to new heights

SQUEEZE PLAY: Landscape architect Rita Hodge added tall black bamboo and lower-growing perennials to soften this narrow, vertical entry. Photo: Ralph Smith Photography / handout

like the effect of the gray green against the pink gravel for edge, and the foliage serving as the garden edging rather than an traditional hard edging material.

like the effect of the gray green against the pink gravel for edge, and the foliage serving as the garden edging rather than an traditional hard edging material.

Northern California drought-tolerant garden ~  grasses, artemisia, succulents, Russian sage, & verbena bonariensis; contrast of texture & form create a lot of visual interest, heights lead the eye from front to back.   . . . .   ღTrish W ~ http://www.pinterest.com/trishw/  . . . .

Planting: Drought Tolerant Garden

Northern California drought-tolerant garden ~ grasses, artemisia, succulents, Russian sage, & verbena bonariensis; contrast of texture & form create a lot of visual interest, heights lead the eye from front to back. . . . . ღTrish W ~ http://www.pinterest.com/trishw/ . . . .

Miss Indigo Primrose, perfect for the front of a shade garden. Grows only 6″…

Miss Indigo Primrose, perfect for the front of a shade garden. Grows only 6″…

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