Do: Mass your plantings
Andrea Bellamy |

You’ve heard it time and time again: mass your plantings. “Plant in groups of three, five, seven, or more,” the advice goes. And: “a garden full of one of this and one of that looks junky.” But come on, isn’t a picture worth a thousand words? I had to stop and take a photo of this windowbox belonging to Hobbs, a flower and gift shop in Vancouver’s Kerrisdale neighbourhood. It’s just so lovely.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen coleus used as a leading lady. Sometimes it inadvertantly steals the scene, but usually it’s included as a supporting actor to something flowering. I just love the combination here with the chartreuse and black Ipomoea batatas (sweet potato vines).

It seems that autumn is particularly adept at this “do.” I’ll show you another example tomorrow. Til then, what are your favourite autumn plants for mass plantings?

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