Let the natural landscape inspire your garden!
Memorial Day Weekend offered many of us time out of the city and in nature. Were you as inspired as I was by the natural beauty of our Oregon Landscape? Here are some wonderful scenes from my hike over the weekend that offer some great ideas for your own landscape project.
8 design lessons I learned exploring the Willamette Valley
1. Use simple plantings with distinct form and a path to create a little garden mystery.
2. Plant it! I discovered Oso berry with berries. Somehow I had only seen Oso berry in the early spring with new leaves and blooms, or later in the fall. I was delighted find the berries so beautiful and delicate in color and form. What a gardeners treat.
3. Cow Parsnip: Plant it but don’t eat it. What a fabulous white cloud on earth.
4. Poison Oak: Don’t plant, or touch, these leaves of three!
5. Create layers of color and texture with mass plantings and borrowed landscape views.
6. Lupine is a fabulous native perennial for the garden.
7. Natural elements make for beautiful, sculptural, and playful landscape focal points.
8. Frame an interesting view.