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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Foliage Combos from The Hardy Plant Study weekend

Last weekend I attended the Hardy Plant Study Weekend, which I mentioned in yesterday's post. It's a weekend-long (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday) conference that took place this year in Bothell, Washington. It rotates every year between four areas here in the Pacific Northwest -- next year it's in Portland, OR.

I know some bloggers like to take detailed photos and do posts about every garden to try to give readers a feel for what it's like to tour the garden, and I love reading those kinds of posts, but I'm rubbish at putting them together myself. So I'm going to share some nice foliage combos that I saw. Gardens in this part of the country excel at cool, leafy gardens, and foliage is trendy (personally I prefer flowers). Flowers and quirk (there was even less of that). I can count on one hand the number of gardens that featured flowers. I'm going to see if I can get through this post without showing you any Hakone grass too, which, believe me, will be a big challenge (God, it was everywhere, and I'm sick of it).





Bonus flower




Bonus flowers

Can I let this stand in for ALL the yellow and red/purple combos I saw all weekend? God, that got repetitive.


Isn't that Loropetalum gorgeous?









Another bonus flower


Oh no, a little Hakone grass snuck in


Ah bugger, there it is again, I couldn't crop it out

Eek

Agh, help me

Pry my eyes out with a spoon -- I get it, it looks like water, but come on

I bet you're ready for some flowers now. I sure was, after four days of this. There were really only two gardens in the entire four days that were flower-heavy, and one of those was a commercial planting. Believe me, I latched onto those like a starving baby.

9 comments:

  1. Happy to look at beautiful foliage combinations for days on end :)

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  2. Lots of great foliage combinations! It wasn't that long ago that Hakonechloa was the hot new plant. I still think it's lovely and enjoy the way it moves with the slightest breeze. Maybe this is because I've killed it in my garden by crowding it out - we always appreciate what we can't grow, right?

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  3. Crazy, I really had no idea that flowers were "out"...maybe the personal preference of the organizers? (I also had no idea Hakonechloa was such a "thing"...)

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  4. So much pretty green and foliage, but yes, some flowers would be nice too. And some spikes? But thank you for sharing some insight into what is cool in the PNW!

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  5. These are seriously excellent photos Alison, I can't even pick which one I like best.Here in Norcal, those swaths of Hakone grass are rare, so I am happy to see them.

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  6. I hope it's OK that I am grinning over your plant prejudices. I do love Japanese Forest Grass (I can't spell the other name and I don't want to bother to look it up) and I love foliage. You got some great captures. I loe flowers too, but foliage lasts longer.

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  7. Love foliage combinations, love Hakonechloa too, thank you for sharing these beautiful gardens.Flowers are beautiful but so is foliage.

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  8. Hakone grass is still a huge favorite of mine. The more I have the happier I am, the best and most reliable of all my other grasses. Plus, I always preferred Foliage Follow Up blogs to GBBD, so this gorgeous post of foliage combinations is just what I needed on Saturday morning. Inspired by you pics I may even get my very first Podophyllum this fall.

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  9. Just back from vacation and catching up on all your posts. Had to laugh as I love foliage and was drooling over this last garden, esp. as I have been growing Hakonechloa for years. Guess this means you can never visit my garden except at very specific floral moments!

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