Here we are again, another spring on Nantucket. Our crew is getting ready for the planting season by cleaning up the beds. Anita just recently spent a long weekend in California, which opened her eyes to what could be used in a garden here to set it apart from your average Nantucket cottage garden. I sit in front of my computer at night and pin a page on pinterest of gardens I know we’ll never plant unless someone is interested in reinventing their space on an annual basis…
Some of the mid-to-late summer plant materials we have been experimenting with over the past few years have given us a taste of the exotic. A taste of the sometimes conservative or modern and teases us with dreams of a client who wants to “live on the edge” in aesthetics of a tropical, southwestern or even urban landscape.
We’ve been dreaming of having a venue to utilize a vertical garden. Growing up seems so much more appropriate and sculptural than growing out and what an appropriate era for this! A venue to allow us the opportunity of using more succulents and less frufru. Not that we don’t like frufru… but lately we dream of …. Different. At this point it’s just occasionally mixing in these plant materials in planters and sometimes here and there in a bed. Or perhaps we will use them in a flower arrangement where it’s okay or acceptable if they fade and are replaced over time.
We have also come to realize that we’ve come full circle in some of our tastes in plants. You know how sometimes you utilize a plant so much that you tire of it over time? There were a couple of years where we abhorred daylilies and geraniums and felt like primrose were for old ladies. Well perhaps we are those old ladies now, or we are just coming to understand why a seasoned gardener appreciates such plants.
Either way, no matter what you like, if you add the right contrast and texture in combinations, we are learning that you’ll find a love for something you may have despised in the past. I think our first love for plants now are those that do just this… they frame the fancy with their texture of simple or sometimes unusual construct in leaf structure and color (or lack thereof!). Ahhhh the beauty of simplicity…. I think we’re onto something!