For Gardenblogger Bloom Day I have some simple coneflowers to show you, off in the distance. But DO notice what’s in the foreground – the lawn replacement almost totally filled out. It’s another hodgepodge, but a much larger one with a more limited palette than the hodgepodge that replaced the lawn in the front.
And they’re almost all weeds, plants that were IN THE AIR that I’ve either encouraged (the sedum acre) or just allowed to grow where they fell (the smartweed and purslane). So it’s all FREE, except for maybe a buck’s worth of clover that I planted here, both white and the gorgeous taller purple-blooming type, now allowed to strut its stuff because all mowing here has ceased. Other weeds appear – mainly crabgrass and plaintain – and are quickly ripped out by the gardener because they’re simply butt-ugly. Anyway, what makes this a garden to my eyes and NOT a patch of weeds is that limited palette. Design by selective removal.
There’s a couple more photos over on my blog.Posted by Susan Harris on July 15, 2008 at 3:26 am, in the category It's the Plants, Darling.