"Not what we have But what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance."
|Echinacea, Europeana rose, pink"rock rose", canna|
Often I think of how wonderful it is to be living here, now. We have such abundance of things. Things a king from long ago would not have. Things a Roman emperor would envy. Clean running water. A shelter that can be heated and cooled, a soft bed, warm blankets, food from all parts of the world. A refrigerator. Ice cubes! Transportation (and not from a horse). The internet. And a private garden.
|Cannas, Home Run rose, Fragrant Angel echinacea|
My garden boasts a variety of plants unknown to emperors of old, and more varieties of roses than most gardens had in centuries past. Those kings of long-ago would be amazed and jealous that I could keep these plants alive by water that flowed through a hose.
|Coreopsis, blanket flower, with iris, salvias, and roses|
|Euphorbia, golden barberry, and roses|
Abundance is something I want for my garden. Some gardeners may think abundance means more of the plant they collect. More room to expand. Or more blooms in a given year. For me, abundance is a the exuberant look of plants overflowing their allotted space.
|"Rock rose", lambs ear, canna, Knock Out roses|
I love that look. I want my plants to intermingle. For their blooms to be intertwined. I love the look of different plants, different foliage, and different shades all merged together.
|Dusty miller, hosta, hydrangea, ferns, alliums, and lily|
It looks like you can just allow the plants to run amuck, but in reality it has not been an easy look for me to achieve. It takes time for the garden plants to fill out their space. Some area of my garden are still a few years from being filled out. But there are a few places that have the look I love.
|Europeana rose, "rock rose", echinacea|
Some plants have to be reined in a bit, so that others won't get overrun. It's a delicate balance between ampleness and aggressiveness.
|Home Run rose, euphorbia, golden barberry|
The look of plants neatly separated in a bed of mulch is a look of order and tidiness, and is a look many gardeners covet. When placed too close together, the more aggressive plants will crowd out the more behaved varieties. And for that reason, some gardeners want a little bit of space between their plants. Space is also good to keep funguses and bugs from affecting and infecting the entire garden.
|Alliums, dusty miller, hydrangea|
Some gardeners would never want a disorderly look in their gardens. But I do.
|Coreopsis, artemisia, salvia|
I don't want more of any one plant. I don't want more room to garden. I don't want the biggest, the best, or the most blooms. I want the look of chaotic abundance.
|Lambs ear, canna, sedum, euphorbia, and Knock Out rose|
Abundance. What does it mean in your garden?