IT'S OKAY IF YOU DON'T LIKE FLOWERS
I'm okay, you're okay.
- •I love flowers like it's my job. It actually was my job for a while. I was one of those people who left the city to buy a farm, raise chickens, and tend a garden that included 56 heads of cabbage. I also grew and maintained the contents of seven greenhouses. Flowers are definitely a big part of my life.Exhibit A: Bloom Central ⬆️
- •But I really enjoy non-blooming plants, and all things green—maybe even more.Ferns, colocasia, ivy
- •And it's okay if you do, too.
- •Yup. Even as a former "flower girl," I still tend to stick with a green palette, and add color in bursts.Assorted succulents + sedums, Nectar and Co.
- •Why? It's easy. It's soothing. And my eyes like to rest. Green lets me do this.Just two plants here!
- •Big leafy pots can help anchor spaces, while allowing the beauty of your environment to be seen...Ferns, ipomoea, heuchera...see how this container blends in with the landscape?
- •...Or not seen. You decide.Divide-and-hide with a bamboo wall.
- •If you're into it, foliage and grasses can work beautifully in unconventional designs—like vertical gardens.Be still my heart. If there's ever a Li.st Summer Camp I'll teach everyone how to do this.
- •Or they can rock a traditional look. Take this boxwood, for instance. It's perfect here. Too formal for you?
- •This ⬇️ is also boxwood! Paired with something tropical, boxwood gets its groove back.The concrete vessel helps, yes.
- •Experiment! Depending on how they're planted, foliage-only containers can sometimes even mimic the look of flowers.Kind of busy for my taste...but I bet you never considered putting a hosta in a container, and that's why I'm here.
- •The great thing about gardening is YOU'RE in charge. If you want it, there is still plenty of color to be found in the non-flowering plants department—Caladium, coleus, lysimachia...all very colorful.
- •Because not all foliage is green.And not all heroes wear capes. Or blooms.
- •The lesson: go ahead and ditch the flowers if you want to, and remember that gardening is about more than just colorful blossoms. You can still have a lush, statement-making garden, even without them.