Wednesday Vignette: Intersections

I love the haphazard, random intersections of plants in the garden: the aesthetics of intersections — contrasting and complementary colours, textures, growing habits, definitely — and also something beyond surface aesthetics, something about the way the plants imitate, especially several years after planting, the loose, wild, even chaotic way that nature throws together species. There are lots of articles online recommending ways to create this sort of “look” through careful planning (see below for links), but what interests me is when I haven’t intentionally planned these plant meetings but am simply an admiring witness to them in the place where I live.

A few intersections noticed this month and in previous years:

green tomatoes, crocosmia petal – July 2018
miscanthus sinensis ‘Gracilimus’ (maidengrass), echinacea, veronicastrum – July 2018
vervain, lobelia (unplanted by me), bee balm, euphorbia, crabapple tree fruit – Aug. 2017
veronicastrum, magenta phlox – July 2018
scarlet runner beans, cosmos, butterfly seed mix bachelor button, lemon balm – Aug 2016
crocosmia, vervain, echinacea, asclepias – July 2018
Rodgersia seedhead, Japanese painted fern, hosta flower – July 2018
borage and feverfew – July 2018


If you want to plan your garden to look wild (but not too wild, mind you!):

Go Wild With Landscaping (Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond VA): “. “A wild landscape can be blousy and unbuttoned, but it shouldn’t be chaotic.” (Here’s where I differ. Let chaos reign.)

This Wiltshire garden may look wonderfully wild, but it’s actually cleverly planned, Country Living, Sept. 2017. (Or cleverly unplanned.)

Nature Gardens: Bringing the Wild into the Heart of LA, Pacific Horticulture Society, Summer 2014.


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One comment

  1. Happy accidents are the best, aren’t they? I’d give Rodgersia a spot in my garden for the leaves alone, but those awesome seed heads are fabulous too!

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