Creative Combination Planting At Chihuly’s Garden And Glass, Seattle

Chihuly Garden And Glass In Seattle

We travelled to Seattle last May to see this unusual garden at its peak, when the perennials were in bloom. The underplanting feels as if an artist has laid out the plants by magic, with the sweep of a brush.

Combination planting

Underplanting is the idea of planting a garden in layers, with shrubs growing beneath trees, and shorter perennials and bulbs underneath them. The designer  thinks about the height and spread of each plant, their colours and textures, then combines them in the most pleasing way. I’ve seen many attempts but rarely seen the effect better realised.  Continue reading

The first gardeners?

Stained glass showing Adam and EveToday’s photography assignment (glass) is a challenge in more ways than one. I’m travelling, and posting from my phone for the first time – fingers crossed it looks OK!

I wondered about sharing more bottle tree pictures then decided a gallery might be pushing my luck. Instead, this is part of a large stained glass window at the Garden Museum in London. I understood it is supposed to represent the first gardeners, Adam and Eve. Continue reading