When it came time to sign up for 2011 Garden Designer Roundtable topics, I initially passed on this month’s subject of top landscape plants. After all, posts about plants are pretty common around here, whether I’m rhapsodizing over peach-colored flowers, showing new alternatives to old favorites, or simply jawing on about my passion for fall foliage.
So instead of another post on some of my favorite plants, I’m giving you a peek behind the curtain and sharing recommendations from the folks I go to for inspiration – the Association of Professional Landscape Designers. While the speakers at our monthly East Bay district meetings are always entertaining and informative, my favorite part happens in the first 15 minutes, when members take turns highlighting a favorite plant that is then raffled off. I’ve chosen three to share with you today; one for its flower, one for texture and one for foliage color.
photo courtesy of Velveteen Swirl