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Friday, September 20, 2019


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Lisa at Greenbow

It is so nice to have an inspiration.

Denise Maher

Wonderfully concise! A concept I sometimes struggle to articulate. Your aralia is killing me! I've been babying mine all summer and it never grows beyond a basal tuft of a few leaves. And calamint is one of my favs too. Thanks for covering his talk.

Linda Brazill

My husband doesn't like that Aralia and there are few times that he ever takes exception to one of my plant choices, so that Aralia may be on its way out. It is looking less lovely this week. All of the rain is making the lower leaves turn brown. 
My Aralia is 5 or 6 years old and it took a longish time before it did anything. So I would be patient with yours. 
I wish I could have more Calamintha but I barely have enough sun to keep my few plants of it happy. 


I can't remember how old my aralia is, but it hasn't performed either. I moved it this year, and it's doing better. Fingers crossed for next year.


That's a great nickel version of the Garrett design gospel, thanks!

I'd add one more point: repetition. For an example, look at how the red notes in the Great Dixter image work to hold the composition together. Repetition of shapes is equally important, and more durable than flower color. Sometimes "contrastifolia" without enough echoes can be exhaustingly busy.

Kris P

You are among the most thoughtful gardeners I know when applying principles to practice, Linda. In contrast, I tend to be a collector first and landscaper second, cramming whatever new treasure I bring home wherever I can find space and the right sun exposure for it. My garden could benefit from applying Garrett's principles.


Good ideas and analysis. Lots for me to think about! Thank you.

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