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Photo: David E. Perry

Generous Container Displays

Flowers are the obvious fix when a garden needs color. But, as designer Karen Chapman learned decades ago, foliage plants often deliver a better show. Growing up in England, she'd always admired free-flowering cottage gardens and tried replicating the look early on, only to discover that blooms were disappointingly fleeting and maintenance was heavy. So, as a young designer, she shifted her approach: "I realized that I could still create a romantic, chocolate-box look if I simply built a strong leafy framework first." Her designs are now decidedly foliage-driven, a style perfectly depicted in her own garden's container displays, shown throughout this story.
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