Tuesday, July 10, 2012
What have I done?????
Do you ever have a moment when you look up and realize you've created something utterly jarring? Somehow I managed to plant these two plants together (Monarda 'Jacob Cline' and Agastache 'Tutti Frutti')...and the clash of colors sets my teeth on edge!
These two plants live in the stock tank in our driveway, which I had originally planted with Macleaya cordata and an evergreen Carex to screen our recycling/trash bins from view. Well...the Carex bit the dust after their first winter (probably why I've never been tempted to plant more Carex) and the Macleaya just kind of limps along. On an unrelated topic...in the upper right corner of this photo is the huge Laurel we inherited with the house...and if anyone has any ideas how to make it look better...please, TELL ME!
Last year, as I was moving things around, the Monarda and Agastache were tossed into the stock tank since I just couldn't figure out where to put them. They both flopped badly anywhere else I planted them...but the harsher conditions in the stock tank seemed to at least keep them upright.
This year is the first year either of the plants actually produced more than a few blooms, however, and I can't help but find the resulting mash-up to be garish beyond words. I blame the Monarda...and this is why I (almost) never buy plants in primary colors...they just seem a little too bright, too strident, too pushy.
There is a benefit, however, they sit right outside my office window...and the hummers love them...so I guess I'll let them stay...at least until the Macleaya gets it's act together and shoulders them aside ;-)
Maybe it's just me and my preference for more subdued colors (I know, I know, bright colors are all the rage right now)...what do you think? Also...have you ever inadvertently planted things that just DID NOT work together???
BTW...I was recently paid a visit by Kate Byrant, Author of Terrarium Craft, and Gardening Editor at Portland Monthly (the magazine I work for) with her photographer-friend, Joshua McCullough. I have to admit...I was a tiny bit nervous...after all, here were two people who are IMMERSED in the world of gardening & design...to have them view my garden was a bit intimidating! Of course, I worried needlessly, they are both fabulously wonderful people...and as with most gardeners, we had no shortage of things to talk about. Check out PART ONE of my "interview" with Kate, where I discuss my top five plants of the year! The second half of the interview will appear this week!