What does a gardener do when the temperature is nearing 30 degrees below zero? Does she stay indoors bundled in warm blankets while sitting in front of a fire? Nope, she heads to the iLandscape Show.
I began the morning getting ‘plant drunk’ while listening to Tony Avent, owner of Plant Delights Nursery and Juniper Level Botanic Garden in Raleigh, North Carolina as he shared his passion for plants and his philosophy of landscape design. It differs drastically from those who profess the key to great design includes planting in drifts.
Instead, he spoke about planting a limitless number of different varieties. ‘Don’t deny gardeners the opportunity to collect plants,” he advocated. When I heard him say it is not only okay to plant one of this and another of that, that it is actually preferred, he had my full attention.
He revealed his secret to creating beautiful landscapes, “Choose two plants with contrasting forms.” He shared photos of examples from his own garden.
After two-plant combinations are mastered, vignettes are easily turned into tapestries. Wow! Just wow!
With plant lust running through my veins, I walked the show, running into many industry friends, past co-workers and fellow garden writers. It was a veritable love fest!
Walking among displays with flowering plants, forced bulbs and houseplants was just what I needed.
This new hydrangea was garnering a lot of attention. I planted some samples of Hydrangea Endless Summer® Summer Crush® last fall. I hoped the one-foot-deep blanket of snow was keeping them warm and safe during the current arctic blast.
After lunch, I listened to Mark Dwyer of Rotary Gardens in Jainesville, as he presented a program on annuals with fabulous foliage.
If you have never been to Rotary Gardens, you must plan a trip (or two) this summer.
I felt so lucky to be in such a gardeny place while a polar vortex had much of the Midwest in its frigid grip. I hope you enjoyed the virtual escape from winter, too.
Garden with me!