Build a stage for plants to add drama
Photo: Copyright Karen Bussolini, 2008. All rights reserved.
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1. Build a Stage for Plants to Add Drama

Placing pots on risers to form a wall of plants turns an uninteresting area of the yard into a remarkable one. Welsch uses the sliced-up trunk of an old maple tree to vary container heights, placing tall plants in back, short ones in front. He keeps the arrangement cohesive by using one shade of terra-cotta for the pots and a narrow palette for the plants: yellow and green leaves of zonal geraniums (A) and pale orange and yellow million bells (Calibrachoa) (B). Along the top, subtropical kangaroo paws (C) deep purple fountain grass (D) and New Zealand flax (E) give texture.

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