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    Nice plants and plant combinations! It's good to see what the Chondropetalum tectorum will do in a few years. I put one in last fall afterseeing a mass planting of the larger C. elaphantinum (sp?) at the Getty Museum. I like how the restios almost behave as lower maintenance versions of grasses. But how can you say no to Karl Foerster?

    I think I stayed away from the Chondropetalum because I read such mixed things about its ultimate size, ideal growing conditions, etc. A lower water garden actually seems to be a plus because it keeps its size in check - most residential gardens don't have a space for an 8' restio.

    And of course, now that I've rediscovered him, I've been saying yes to Karl Foerster on a regular basis!


    good to get those memories going. Yesterday, I was tagged at facebook, which led me to posting about a highly favored garden book.
    Don't leave me hanging, Wayne! What was the book?


    the feather grass/cosmo combination is beautiful. i am taking some design courses and tomorrow the instructor is taking us to 6 designs she created...your post is timely.

    Hi Cindy,
    I bet that'll be interesting! I get a lot of ideas visiting other gardens, some designed by professionals and others created by homeowners.


    I love to see perennials 'nodding' amongst grasses.

    Chocolate Cosmos looks good. I've seen it described as having a scent like vanilla and hot chocolate but I've not noticed.

    That Salvia chamaedryoides with Santolina and Salvia clevelandii works!

    Calamagrostis Karl Forester is a gem.

    I agree on the scent. Whenever someone describes a plant as chocolate or vanilla scented, I always think it just smells like a plant. But I'm a little surprised a wine conisseur like yourself is in the same boat as me as I assumed you would be trained to pick up subtle nuances. Something like "A cheeky little cultivar, with just enough vanilla to round out the chlorophil highlights." Or would you actually have to taste the plant to know all that?

    Karen - An Artist's Garden

    What a fabulous combination of feather grass and chocolate cosmos ... who would of thought!
    and the photos really don't do it justice. What you don't see is how the cosmos echo the dramatic burgundy banding we used on the new concrete driveway.


    Its hard to decide which of those plant combinations I like the most, but if I had to choose... I love the interesting combination of the grass and cosmos. I haven't seen a chocolate brown cosmos before though, so will have to look for a substitute if I'm ever going to 'borrow' your idea.
    Chondropetalum is one of my favourites too - it amazes me how it handles such varied conditions.

    The tricky thing about the Mexican grass combo is finding something tall and skinny so you get that growing through the grass effect. Some of the taller dahlias would probably work great, plus they come in such a gorgeous range of rich color. If you give it a try, I'd love to see a picture!


    I am simply BURSTING with pride that my sistah and I were the girls who inspired this wonderful post! Just got home from a computer-free 4th of July weekend, and this was an awesome way to be welcomed back into the online fold!

    I agree with you on the re-discovery of old loves, and you and I have an old love in common - Salvia chamaedryoides. I recently used it again, and am once again smitten! I've also just resumed a love affair with Pelargonium sidoides, who I might just marry.

    Just like almost everyone else, that choc cosmos/stipa ... YUM!!!

    Thanks for the lovely shoutout, girlfriend! I blush!


    I'm amazed at bloggers who post multiple times a week - I just can't think of enough interesting things to say, let alone the need for pictures! So all inspiration is greatly appreciated.

    Sylvia (England)

    What a lovely idea to visit past designs. It is nice to see plants that have matured, as they can look so different. I also like the Grass and Chocolate Cosmos, I do like these feathery grasses with flowers growing though them.

    Best wishes Sylvia (England)

    Hi Sylvia! It sounds so obvious that as a designer I would regularly drop by previous designs, but it can be more of a chore than you would think. Some homeowners are fine with me dropping by and letting myself into the back, but most like to be there, so instead of a quick trip to snap some pictures and see how things are doing, it turns into a lengthy (and complimentary) garden consultation. But this post is reminding me I need to make more of an effort.

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