This week I'm joining in for Wednesday Vignette, hosted by Anna at Flutter & Hum, with a picture I had intended to include in a post yesterday. Obviously, that post hasn't been written yet, so I'm re-purposing the photo for my vignette. I've been looking at plant combinations in my garden lately, mostly the good ones, though there are some partners that aren't working well together. More on that when I actually get that post written. For now, here's a view of the bed on the south end of the house. Things have really filled in since I started planting this bed a couple years ago. The Lobelia laxiflora var. angustifolia in the foreground has become a respectable patch. The grey-leaved Arctostaphylos silvicola 'Ghostly' behind it has grown to the point where I think I can start limbing it up to expose the wonderful bark. Sword-like shapes are repeated by the light green of Iris x norrisii (formerly xPardancanda norrisii) and by the dark green of Yucca filamentosa. Just visible between the lobelia and the iris is the eucalyptus-like foliage of Parahebe perfoliata. And in the back, in an otherworldly blaze, shines Cistus 'Mickie'. I think this is one of the bolder plant palettes in my garden, thanks in large part to the brazen Mickie and the coarse texture of the iris and yucca. It's a play of contrasting and complementary textures and colors, where foliage dominates and flowers provide a relatively modest exclamation. That design philosophy is one I intend to stick to throughout the garden, to the best of my abilities. We all know that a plant addict frequently falls off the wagon, usually anytime that wagon passes a nursery.
And that's my hurriedly and clumsily-written Wednesday Vignette post. Silly me, I had my nose stuck in a book and almost forgot to write this post, too!