I can't really explain why this area at Coastal Maine Botanic Gardens was so compelling to me. Maybe because the combinations seemed slightly unusual, featuring a few plants I don't see out here in the west , and it seemed accessible..something I might actually be able to do , even if it has to be on a smaller scale with left coast friendly substitutions. .
This is a distant view of 'my' section ..it sits at the base of this structure , not looking like much from this perspective.
As I moved closer, the grouping started to take form.
..and look at this ! Arundo donax 'Golden Chain' with one of those very bold Pennisetums that are seldom seen here, and all the hot pink Salvia stuff going on.Verbena bonariensis stitches the quilt together. Sigh.
Closer still...look at this ! Setaria palmifolia , variegated palm grass. The plant tag was from Landcraft Environments..wouldn't you know it ? Those crinkly leaves, those white stripes...
Golden millet tucked in..
I will look at this all day. Golden millet, I am your slave.
Arundo d. Golden Chain torments me. The damn thing gets huge. Do I really need a house on my lot?
I finally stepped away and took this from afar.. you can't possibly ignore the V. bonariensis sticking up from a field of bright chartreusey yellow Coleus in the foreground. There is not one chance in hell I could plant coleus in this sort of exposure in my climate. It would be a big sea of crispy brown.
One last look before I have to head back to Boston.