But a few years later, that same friend and I liked the same young man. And while we were all together one day, I saw her give him the "come hither" look. Obviously, she knew her mother wasn't joking, because he asked her out!
|Golden Barberry (Berberis thunbergii 'Aurea')|
Whenever I see a photo of a garden that I think is beautiful, I try to analyze why it works and what it is that I find so appealing. I may not be able to copy the garden, but I can possibly copy the concept.
I looked at one of my favorite photos for a long time. It was of a central pathway with plantings on either side. I felt as if I could figure out why that garden looked so beautiful, perhaps I could mimic some of those design qualities in my pathway garden.
I noticed a couple of things. One, they repeated the same color on both sides of the pathways, and repeated that color all the way down the pathway. Although it looked like it was just an abundance of color and flowers, in reality it was a finely tuned design. The repeat of the same color all the way down the pathway drew the eye forward, and also begged you to walk down the path. I nicknamed it the "come hither" design element.
The "come hither" element in my pathway garden comes from the golden barberries (berberis thunbergii 'Aurea'). Bright, with small leaves, they don't initially hit you as a big part of the design scheme. But, I'm hoping, that subconsciously the repeat of these plants pulls you forward.
You can see three in this picture. There are actually six of these bushes in this garden.
I love these golden barberries. I love their lemon-lime coloring, their naturally rounded shape, their small size (mine are between 2-3 ft high and wide), and their little leaves. I think their lime green coloring goes well with so many other plants, too. And come fall, they turn a beautiful burnt orange. The only thing I can say against them is they have thorns. But it seems like everything in my garden has thorns, so I'm used to that feature.
Golden barberry is deciduous, and grows in zones 3 through 10. They are my "come hither" plant. Can't you see them giving you a low, flirty stare?