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Planting the Plantsman’s Garden: 3 — Herbaceous Perennials

Articles: Planting the Plantsman’s Garden: 3 — Herbaceous Perennials

[T]here is no satisfying substitute for hardy perennials. Shrubs, annual flowers and bedding plants and the limited range of popular perennials which have been dominant in recent years, cannot match the returns of a well-balanced collection of hardy plants with their entrancing diversity in form and color and the vastly longer period of the year over wich they give pleasure.
Alan Bloom, Hardy Plants of Distinction, 1965

In the preceding article I mentioned a division between, on the one hand, those gardeners who are primarily plant collectors and are more interested in the plants themselves and their health than the total effect of their various associations, and, on the other hand, those who are more concerned with the beauty of a path, a view, and, ultimately, of a garden as a whole. I should like to think of these not as two irreconcilable stances but as two opposed moments, the systole and diastole, of gardening. It is true that when I stand in one of these positions I only dimly “see” the other. Either I am trying to improve a view and am busily planting or transplanting to that end, or I am trying to find the ideal conditions for a plant I can see in my mind’s eye as a ma...

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