Monday, March 19, 2012

Educate - Hort Couture

To appreciate a garden show, it should educate us in regard to a different way of doing things and this show certainly did that.

A pergola made out of logs

A small garden area accented by a piece of rusty fence

Conifers intermingled with perennials

We don't often think of planting conifers in the midst of a perennial bed.  Usually the evergreens are lined up in the back along the foundation with shrubs and perennials in front.

A class on spring potted arrangements

I love this berm with just about everything, conifers, perennials and shrubs.

The White House Raised beds were depicted in an even more upscale manner.  The garden show organizer actually went to Washington to see the White House Beds.  He was very proud of the fact that he even made them look better!  Raised beds are bigger than ever, and as you can see, can be placed right on the lawn.  I am not sure how easy this would be to mow!

Guess what?  Everything is in rows again, remember we were told to plant in threes and fives in triangle formations not soldiers!

I kind of like the look of these massed rows!  I have nothing planted in rows, just triangles but it looks like they may have incorporated the triangle formation within the rows.


Fishtail Cottage said...

I love visiting garden shows! Thanks for sharing..xoxo

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Hello Eileen girl !
This weather is too good to be true .. I worry about what might sneak back and shock us all.
I have been cleaning up in the garden for 3 days and poor husband and I are so tired ! LOL
This is quite the show .. I'm not sure I like the row plantings but I love the mixed ones with conifers! .. I have two yews in front of our AC unit and a great hydrangea to mask it as well .. then all the perennials out front of them .. I am stuck in that kind of planting I guess. But isn't that what it is all about ? It is "your" garden so plant what you love and anyway you like to see it displayed !

Gatsbys Gardens said...


The shows are a good way to get your thought process going. They don't make me change everything to duplicate what they are showing.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Joy,

I am not sure I like the row planting either, it was interesting to see it in just about every display. I just got good at the triangles, not about ready to dig up my garden.


Lona said...

What a feast for the eyes Eileen. So many beauties. I adore the rivers of hyacinths. So many bright spring colors. Thanks for sharing the show.

garden girl said...

I loved that pergola. And I loved that it was made from silver maples, my nemesis tree.

As for the row thing, just goes to show we should do what makes us happy in our gardens and don't worry about what the so-called experts say or what the newest trend is. I'm not big on rules . . . plant in masses, plant in rows - phooey! I do what makes me happy, which means I have a combination of rows, masses, and naturalistic plantings, and I like it that way. :)

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Lona,

I liked the look of those hyacinths also. I have hyacinths in a narrow strip so they did look like soldiers when I put them in. However, now they have multiplied and look a lot more casual.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi GG,

That was a great use for silver maples, not a very hardy tree. They split so easily especially if on a parkway.

I don't have any rows in my perennial garden because I have done so much layering.


allanbecker-gardenguru said...

I’m a big fan of dwarf evergreens intermingled among the perennials. They act as a rich background to set off the perennials and also supply winter interest in the beds when nothing else is growing.