Sometimes the caryopteris does indeed look blue, other times it is more of purply blue. I think it is only borderline hardy here, so I hope it pulls through. The heuchera is a new introduction from Skagit Gardens.
I do, of course, make diagrams of planting areas that are relatively complex, to be sure I have considered relationships of height, form, color, and seasonal change…though about eighty percent is lost in the translation to the real garden. I have concluded that the conception in the gardener’s head is an art form of one kind and the creation of an actual picture out of living plant material is an art form of quite another kind. Both are satisfying, but their relationship to each other is, in my experience, tenuous.
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