Strange and Unusual

Sarah621(Cali z9)August 15, 2005

Strange and unusual

Yes, Im looking for ideas for my "Strange and Unusual" garden that I will be starting on my front patio. I want the very different looking plants. Have any Ideas??? Will be starting w/ a maypop (passion flower) Would like to stick w/ bright or dark colors no pastels.

I would like about 10 different plants for this little garden. Please send me ideas w/ pictures if possible.

Thanks all!!!


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JoanofPa(z6 Pa)

The Cosmos's colors are vibrant in the orange and dark fuschia. How about choosing zinnia seeds of one or two colors. These aren't different looking plants but would be a good base for the few unusual plants you add.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2005 at 7:15AM
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Joyce(Zone 7b LI, NY)

Here are some pix...

Black Mondo Grass

Green Rose...

Variegated pelargonium...

Unusual Head Planter with 'Medusa' Euphorbia...

Another head planter with variegated Corkscrew Rush

Just remember, blooms are NOT everything, only the icing on the cake.
Without a strong backbone of foliage and texture, a garden will become very boring when plants take a break from blooming.

Feel free to look through my photo albums in the link below...

Hope this helps...

Here is a link that might be useful: My Photobucket Photo Albums

    Bookmark   August 16, 2005 at 7:50AM
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anna_in_quebec(z4 QC)

Gasp! What awesome pics! Thanks for sharing. - Anna

    Bookmark   August 16, 2005 at 10:08AM
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romando(9b/10a , sunset 17)

Oh my goodness. I am weak. I am weak with sickness, and sick with weakness. Those are some of the most beautiful photos I have ever seen. . .I especially like the almost black waterlily, and the blue ish looking one with a tall stalk? Is that the moonbeam one? I saw moonbeam later on, but this particular photo wasn't id'd. Oh my. And the raccoon was too cute! And on the photos you posted here, I'm envious of the black and pink caladium! And that head planter with the euphorbia. . .that's just my style! (and what I look like in the morning. . .lol)
I honestly never realized that black mondo grass bloomed; the lilac color of the flowers is so striking in contrast! I must have some. Must. . . have. . . .more. . . . . . .
(infer breathless weakness here)
Amanda 'romando'

    Bookmark   August 17, 2005 at 12:35AM
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chuckr30(z5, GR-MI)

I like those heads! How about thunbergia? It is a vine which likes warm (not hot) weather but will not survive a freeze. It has striking yellow blooms with a perfect brown center. I have some growing among my purple butterfly bush and the yellow/brown thunbergia makes quite a contrast with the purple flowers.

Just let it grow among some other flowers, preferably something tall and straight, like maybe red sunflowers.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2005 at 8:25AM
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Joyce(Zone 7b LI, NY)

Thanks everyone!

Amanda, some of the water lilies I grow are not named, therefore I do not label them. I just grow them cuz I love all water lilies!

I have been on vacation in Newport, just got back last night.
Sorry it took so long to get back to you!

    Bookmark   August 20, 2005 at 8:54PM
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klavier(Z7 Baltimore)

Doubled Blood Root

Sauromatum Venosum

Tricyrtis Hirta


Hibiscus "Copper King"

Iris Dardanus

iris "Hello Darkness"

Gaillardia Fanfare

    Bookmark   August 21, 2005 at 9:04PM
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Sarah621(Cali z9)

Thanx but no thanks...Sauromatum in bloom attracts many flying guests by its strong fragrance of fecal matter. Dont think I would like that by my door, do you?

    Bookmark   August 21, 2005 at 11:27PM
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