23 June 2009
I think I’m going to try this. At North Hill, I was quite taken by a shady area that had hostas growing nearest to the path in the front at about a foot and a half high with Vinca minor at around eight inches tall planted behind and stretching off into the distance. The effect was of a sea of vinca off of a shore of hosta. My impulse is always always always "short in front and tall in back," but this was the exact opposite. Why did it work for me? Use of only those two species, the contrast between the lighter-colored hosta and the darker vinca, the heavy cover provided by both, and the slight difference in height between the two. Quite something. Really lovely.