How do you keep your zeal for new plants from creating a haphazard mess? A Virginia designer reveals her secrets
Photo by: Ralph Anderson
Linda uses the primary colors of red, blue, and yellow over and over in her plant compositions, done mostly with foliage. Repetition accomplishes two things: It establishes a visual rhythm that carries your eye from place to place in a border, and it also ties together adjacent plants that share a common color. With so many plants from which to choose, repetition is easy to do in sun or shade. Linda also pairs blue-leaved ‘Firewitch’ Cheddar pink with dwarf Colorado blue spruce, and Japanese painted fern with spotted dead nettle.
The color of ‘Rose Glow’ Japanese barberry in the foreground echoes a red Japanese maple beyond.