This site is essentially all "insider" information about the best ideas and elements that landscape design has to offer. So in a way, this weeks' post should be called 'inside' the insider's information. Because I am always learning, and so many things are happening in the field, it's a process. This week is basically a grab bag of new information and happenings: I took a walk with a fellow designer and she dowloaded some very cool ideas about new plants. I also visited the BBG, and ICFF May 16-19 (more on those visits next week). Additionally, I discovered some new companies making beautiful things that hopefully can help you assemble your garden quickly if you are in need of inspiration.
Julia Miller, a fellow landscape designer and very knowledgeable plant person of Four Gardens Design, based in Carroll Gardens, kindly introduced me to Dwarf Korean lilac (Syringa meyeri ‘Palibin’). This is a fantastic plant to know about because unlike the Common Lilac, which forgive me but despite its gorgeous fragrance is also tall, gangly and scrubby-looking. This variety, however, has a dense, compact, rounded shape and resistant to powdery mildew, which are two characteristics that set it apart from other lilacs. Dwarf Korean lilac fits small gardens, tight spaces and can be used as a deciduous hedge. It's a deciduous shrub with a rounded shape. growing 4 to 5 feet tall and 5 to 7 feet wide, making it much smaller and denser than other lilac bushes, such as the common lilac, which can grow over 15 feet tall and become gangly. Dwarf Korean lilac can also be purchased grafted to a tree trunk, in which case it tops out at about 8 feet tall with a rounded head of foliage and spring flowers. Dwarf Korean lilac flowers heavily in mid- to late spring, with dense clusters of tiny tubular pink flowers. The flowers buds are a handsome purple, making this lilac bush attractive just before it blooms, too. Lilac is very fragrant. Grow dwarf Korean lilac in full sun or part shade and average soil. It likes regular watering but will tolerate drought once established. Prune gently and during flowering season and it will bloom longer.
There is an extraordinary display of Spanish Bluebells (Hyacinthoides hispanica 'Excelsior') happening as we speak at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Photo by Ruiyan Xu. See Brooklyn Botanic Garden Website for details.
Terrain is a garden resource that carries many styles of stone and fiberglass planters, as well as trellises, structures for grow vines, and unusual finds like terrariums and seed kits: View Product Website