“A plant is only worth growing if it looks good when it is dead.”
– Piet Oudolf, Dutch garden designer
Oudolf's famous quote above, while probably partly in jest, points to a key principle of his design ethic, that worthwhile plants are those that provide long-lasting, variable, interest in the garden, while eschewing the use of plants that have little interest except when in bloom. Interestingly, Oudolf also avoids plants that are un-changing and "static", preferring the drama of constant change.
Well, I have a ways to go before I'm anywhere as adept as Oudolf at staging such amazing seasonal spectacles! Even so, while the garden looks, admittedly, rather sad at the moment, there are still lots of things to enjoy...you just have to look a little closer.
Seed heads, in particular, are fascinating...so many different forms and structures...all designed for the same purpose, to distribute seeds for the next generation of plants. Let's take a tour of some of my favorite seed heads in the garden today!
Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus'
Persicaria 'Lance Corporal'
Agastache 'Golden Jubilee'
Agastche 'Golden Jubilee' with Schizachyrium scoparium 'The Blues'
Calamagtrostis 'Karl Foerster'
North Border with Pennisetum, Panicum, Schizachryium, Rudbeckia
Schizachyrium scoparium 'The Blues'
|Eutrochium dubium 'Little Joe'||Rudbeckia|
Eutrochium rugosum 'Chocolate'
|Agastache 'Desert Sunrise'||Crocosmia|
Veronicastrum virginicum 'Fascination'
Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm' and Panicum 'Shenandoah'
Monarda 'Raspberry Wine'
Winter sun shining through Agastache, Pennisetum and Monarda
Are you enjoying seed heads in your garden right now...or do you have other forms of "winter interest" that you rely on to get you through until spring?