30 Plants for The Natural Garden.

After the form of the flower,seedbuds 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 plantings 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 plants suitable for the ‘natural’ look ;chan14Strobilanthes dyerianus has great purple leaves and Solanum quitonense is a great ‘structure’ plant.

chan13Grasses can’t be missed in a natural garden like for example Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ Agastache ‘Ava’ and spiny Yucca rostrata.chan12Liatris aspera and Echinacea ‘Tomato Soup’.

chan11Purple leafed Dahlia ‘Mystic Spirit’ and the white Gladiolus murielae .chan10Pink Trumpets of Brugmansia ‘Pink Beauty‘ gives beautiful seddbuds.And the purple cascading Lespedeza thunbergii ‘Gibraltar”.

chan9Talking about the form and structure of flowers ; Ceropegia ampliata, commonly called Bushmans Pipe, a succulent from South Africa.chan8Tricyrtis formosana, Persicaria amplexicaulus ‘Firetail’ and the seedheads of Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ chan7

The almost black blossom of Parrotia persica, Persian ironwood.chan6The high stems of a plant wich looks like a Cyclaam ,Dodecatheon media ‘Aphrodite’, or Shooting Star.chan5Tulipa and Allium can give an early color to the garden,planted in a natural way.

chan4Papaver rhoeas, the Flanders Poppy.chan3Gladiola communis ssp. byzantinus ‘Cruentus’ is an early blooming Gladiola . The lower grass is Nasella tenuissima.chan2Papaver rhoeas, Silene armeria, Campanula ‘Sarastro’ and Nepeta sibirica ‘Souvenir d’ Andre Chaudron’.chan1Eremurus, or Foxtail Lily, and billowy, white Ammi majusrheumRheum palmatum var. tanguiticum with it’s big red-colored leaves is a structure plant.

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