At this point in the season, things are really starting to come together. Lots of perennials and annuals are flowering, but I would like to show some of the plants I use for a “pause- affect” in the border. I find that “big leaf- plants” allow the eyes a resting place before moving onto the next flowering group of plants. Evergreens also work in a similar fashion. Just like when an artist creates “negative spaces” in a painting as a place to retreat before moving through the picture again; a gardener also can use larger flatter shapes in the border for a similar result. Big leaf plants are a great way to achieve this. Gertrude Jekyll was the first gardener to talk about “making pictures” in her garden at Munstead Wood. She was a painter and a photographer and part of the Arts and Craft Movement in England. When I think about most art forms: music, poetry, architecture, etc, I believe all these forms have the equivalent idea of a resting place, in which to pause, and then re-enter the art form.
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