Wednesday, July 20, 2011


I've been asked to design a colorful entrance to our church in the historic Houston Heights district. What an honor and what fun!  My inspiration comes from the wonderful color beds designed by professionals in the Galleria area. The person who invents these is a genius and makes the drive very pleasant even in the worst traffic. I also love to see what's going on at my 3 favorite garden centers in town. Most of these flowers can be used all summer in a cottage garden or sunny bungalow garden.
This is a perfect balance between blooms and foliage. It's not overpowering, but still eyecatching. I like it because it has endured an awful summer with drought.  Pictured: Purple verbana, Silver Lamb's Ear, Silver Dusty Miller (Artemesia), Yellow lantana (not in bloom), Rudbeckia (daisy), and a tall Blue Salvia in the background. Photo from a church on Montrose Blvd.
Zinnia linearis, Gomphrena (tiny purple globes), Sun-loving Coleus, Caladiums, Salvia, Rudbeckia, and white Angelonia. All can take full sun.
A little space between plants gives a cottage garden feel to these Rudbeckias (yellow) and lavender Obedient plants.
A rock or two adds interest to a mix of Zinnia, Vinca, Cuphea, and a lavender-flowered bush I don't recognize.
European fan palm, roses, loripetalum and a grasslike foliage plant gives a different look.
Another beautiful, mixed planting
Coneflower, angelonia, zinnias, and a dwarf hibiscus are fabulous together.
Zinnia linnearus with lime green Sweet potato vines are an unusual mix, but seem to work together.
Well, that's it for general impressions. Scroll down for Part 2 and a list of my 3 favorite nurseries in town.
Thanks for stopping by.
David/ :-)

1 comment:

  1. Hi David,
    Looking at this post, I can see why you have a hard time turning flower photos to black & white. Colors are important in our enjoyment of most flowers, and groups of them, as you are posting here, would look flat and uninteresting in b&w, I think.

    But I don't mind doing the b&w conversion, if I see that the shapes, textures, and general composition are worth the emphasis. It's usually a trade-off, though, and recently I've had to post both versions a few times! I'm still learning to "see" in black & white...

    I think the zinnia and sweet potato are stunning together!


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