I was able to landscape in front of our home quickly, simply because I was inspired by a perfect $10.00, five gallon "Little Gem" magnolia tree. I have always loved magnolia trees. When I saw this "Little Gem" magnolia tree, I thought I could create something different and focal using espaliered magnolia trees. From this one special tree, I drew inspiration for a color scheme, complementary plants, and garden style.
When inspiration strikes you, act on it quickly. You can get inspiration from just about anything and anywhere. It can be an object, a color, a setting, a single tree, or even a beautiful phrase of words. You just need to be open to it.
"Little Gem" magnolia trees have beautiful green leaves on their top side and a distinct brown-bronze color on their underside. Ah...garden inspiration, chocolate or bronze color, wtih a smidge of blue-purple color, and a hint of deep wine-cranberry pink color. From this palette, I looked for plants that had these colors, that were low to medium height, drought tolerant once established, and were basically in the Mediterranean style. The following is a list of plants I used in my design.
Chocolate Color Plants
Magnolia Tree "Little Gem"
New Zealand Flax, Platt's Black
Summer Chocolate Mimosa Tree
Bugleweed Bronze Ajuga Reptans
Red Fountain Grass
Red Hook Sedge
Pittosporum Harley Botanica (Bronze Structure)
Blue-Purple Flowering Plants
Rosemary Tuscan Blue
Rosemary Huntington Carpet
Duranta Sweet Memory
Nemesia "Blue Lagoon"
Bugleweed Bronze Ajuga Reptans (Blue Flower Spikes)
Pink Flowering Plants
Redbud Tree Lavender Twist
Mallow Barley Boysenberry
I might have waited until spring to landscape in front of our home, but inspiration hit, sparking this planting. The fall season is perfect for planting, and establishing plants over the rainy winter. Most of these plants were on sale which was an added bonus.
Resources: Armstrong Garden. Evergreen Nursery, and Home Depot.
Please share if you have been struck by an inspiration that prompted something new in your garden. Please comment on some of your garden inspirations.
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