After the form of the flower, seedbuds or afterlife of plants are most important and after this the texture of leaves and on the last place the color of the flowers. Structure is important in creating a succesful planting.
The forms of the different plants in your border are important. Wild plants are in better proportion ( flowers/green ) than most cultivated plants . For decades flowers where more important and growers grown them for this purpose, this can be seen by most cottage-plants.
Most common gardenplants have big flowers and not so much green , so they don’t look so pretty after the flowers are gone and this is most of the time a short period during summer.
Natural planting designs make us look from a new pespective so we can create gardens wich are great to look at the whole year. In this serie of articles we look at plants in this new thinking and gives you ideas to create your own natural garden. In the pictures below a selection of plants suitable for the ‘natural’ look ;
Strobilanthes dyerianus has great purple leaves and Solanum quitonense is a great ‘structure’ plant.
Grasses can’t be missed in a natural garden like for example Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ Agastache ‘Ava’ and spiny Yucca rostrata.
Liatris aspera and Echinacea ‘Tomato Soup’.
Purple leafed Dahlia ‘Mystic Spirit’ and the white Gladiolus murielae .
Pink Trumpets of Brugmansia ‘Pink Beauty‘ gives beautiful seddbuds.And the purple cascading Lespedeza thunbergii ‘Gibraltar”.
Tulipa and Allium can give an early color to the garden,planted in a natural way.
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Rheum palmatum var. tanguiticum with it’s big red-colored leaves is a structure plant.
Papaver rhoeas, Silene armeria, Campanula ‘Sarastro’ and Nepeta sibirica ‘Souvenir d’ Andre Chaudron’.
Gladiola communis ssp. byzantinus ‘Cruentus’ is an early blooming Gladiola . The lower grass is Nasella tenuissima.
Eremurus, or Foxtail Lily, and billowy, white Ammi majus
The high stems of a plant wich looks like a Cyclaam ,Dodecatheon media ‘Aphrodite’, or Shooting Star.
Papaver rhoeas, the Flanders Poppy.
Talking about the form and structure of flowers ; Ceropegia ampliata, commonly called Bushmans Pipe, a succulent from South Africa.
Tricyrtis formosana, Persicaria amplexicaulus ‘Firetail’ and the seedheads of Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’
The almost black blossom of Parrotia persica, Persian ironwood.