The considered use of color is a hallmark of the Arts and Crafts gardening style, and in this garden, each planting bed features its own subtle color theme.
In addition to inground plantings, the Flower Garden includes container-grown plants, especially as its center, where seasonal changes add interest to the symmetry of the space.
During a recent summer season, a giant elephant ear (Alocasia macrorrhiza ‘Solid Gold’ (sometimes listed as ’Lutea’) was the centerpiece.
Its symmetrical layout, clearly visible from above, enhances the harmonious feeling of the Flower Garden.
Originally a rose garden, the Flower Garden features form as much as color. Most of the space is planted up with annuals, the rest shrubs or perennials, allowing the gardener responsible for the space to shape its look and feel.
The fluffy seed heads of this miscanthus (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gracillimus’) make a fine display in the Flower Garden at this time of year.
Edible plants have been grown in ornamental gardens for centuries, and the practice was common in farmworkers’ gardens in rural England.