This past weekend I went to see Karen Chapman speak about her book Fine Foliage. I have been intrigued with this book for some time now, and was delighted to see that she was doing a speaking tour in the Chicagoland area.
The barn where the presentation was held was decorated with sprigs and pots to add a bit of garden to the room and the adjoining greenhouse was open for us all to stroll through for that bit of spring inspiration!
Her humor coupled with her keen eye for plant combinations left me inspired and driven to do everything I can to make my garden layered with harmonious colors, forms, and textures. Karen's presentation spoke to me because the emphasis, as the title portrays, is on foliage first and then flowers when creating the garden. I enjoyed learning about color echoing which is the idea of picking up common color tones from the plant foliage you select.
Here is an example of a color echoing combination that I came up with for my garden...
The lime green of the Bellwort compliments the green in the sedum leaves. And the barberry's tones pick up hues from the sedum.
I would highly recommend Fine Foliage to anyone who is looking for amazing foliage ideas to carry their own garden through the seasons. And if you would like more inspiration Karen has a lovely blog called Le Jardinet.
Here is to a great week!
Happy Making, Baking, and Growing!