Moonscape

One of the highlights at Longwood Gardens this past August was the apprentice  displays in a discreet corner of the property.  You would have missed these little jewels if you weren’t keen on seeing every square inch of this world-renowned garden, as we were.

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This garden was named ‘Moonstruck’ and was designed by student gardeners Jessica Whitehead and Deirdre Berthiaume.  Their inspiration was a walk on the moon, where they imagined the plants would be silver and ghostly.

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Plants like agave, artemisia, acanthus, plectranthus, echeveria, silver sages and others form the story in this sweeping landscape.

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Two kinds and colours of scree or pebble makes a perfect foil for these desert plants.

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The contrasting texture of the foliage and the tones of grey, silver, blue, purple and green all contribute to this garden’s striking effect.

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Negative space is clearly just as important as planted space.  Especially when you incorporate strong edges or transitions.

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Be sure to look out for these ‘novice’ gardens when you visit.  They’re extremely creative and very well orchestrated.

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