Designing with Heirlooms by Mary Ann Newcomer

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  • the Thane homestead from 1895. We found the family’s written history describing the Harrison’s yellow rose, the old pear trees, Foggy Lau and Petit. \n
  • \nSo, I want to show you two things, that you can do to really punch up the “WOW” factor of your garden at home. You can use any kind of plant. I just happen to be in love with heirlooms and homesteaders’ favorites right now. We look at tricks like color echoes, \n massing and color. We’ll go back to each plant in a bit\n
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  • When you are dealing with harsh desert light, and we do, think about massing the colors. Too often, folks just put one plant here, one there, and then they are disappointed in the outcome. They visit a public garden and get all excited. Note to garden goers: we put a whole lot of planning in that bedazzlement! Well, its all about massing and color.\n
  • bleeding heart, dicentra spectablilis, also in a new variety ‘King of Hearts’, alba, etc.I lived with my grandmother for several years. She taught me to make “ladies in a bathtub,” holly hock dolls, corn husk dolls, halos. Maybe because I need a halo to keep me out of trouble. \n\n
  • I think this is the stunning Carnivale variety of morning glory. I’ve ordered it for myself this year, in this blue and in the carmine red. I found the seeds at Select Seeds.\n\n
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  • and is there anything...anything? As decadent and luscious and overblown and gorgeous as a peony? The pioneers had two main varieties: the white, ________, and the deep dark raspberry red, known to many as OLD PINEY.\n\n
  • and is there anything...anything? As decadent and luscious and overblown and gorgeous as a peony? The pioneers had two main varieties: the white, ________, and the deep dark raspberry red, known to many as OLD PINEY.\n\n
  • Cottage pinks. The clove fragrance will knock your socks off. This is in a tiny little garden in Ketchum ID,behind an old miner’s cabin. \n\n
  • This is actually newly planted, but its in next to a 100 year old miner’s cabin near Hailey ID. All mining towns. \n\n
  • We all grew up with this.\n\n
  • Just one of the many MANY exquisite poppies. Oriental poppies. \n
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  • a fantastic use of old fashioned poppies, tucked into the unmown fescue areas. Penstemon to the left. Firecracker. This is in between Ketchum and Hailey ID. I am really interested in these high altitude gardens. \n\n
  • Designers look for “threads” or color echoes. In this picture, you see from the upper left corner, Baptisia, salvia May Night, amsomia, allium and geum triflorum or old man’s whiskers.\n\n
  • Iris pallida, the one that smells of grape bubble gum. Stands of these will survive 50 to 100 years without our interference. Without supplemental irrigation. How cool is that???\n\n
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  • classic heirloom climbing roses, OVER the place, and in the back, you can see several mutations of centranthrus rubra, and right behind the bench? A couple years ago we filled that in with loads of old peonies. All the peonies were from Klehm’s Songsparrow farm and we a gift from a garden club. \n\n
  • wow wow wow. I know I know I know. It is hard to stick to one plant. Or large clumps of one plant. And I’ll be the first one to admit, editing is harder than weeding. Editing leaves me throwing a tantrum like a 3 year old. \n
  • look at what happens “en masse?” This was unbelievable. Such a COMMON plant. Centranthrus rubra. TOUGH AS NAILS. I have realized, late to the party as always, that this plant is everywhere. I just never paid attention to it. Classic.\n\n
  • So, say you can’t edit it to one plant. How about one color scheme? This knocks your socks off. Red poppies. Red house. Red tree. (I know the tree isn’t heirloom).\n
  • Natives AND HEIRLOOMS? you betcha. These often were the back bone of our grandparents/great grands gardens. Those gardens had many elements: pass along plants, herbs and medicinal plants, easily seeded/reseeding abundant annuals, and native plants.\n\n
  • Tinsley house. You saw this collage slide earlier.\nVariations on a theme. I use collages to design gardens. It helps me think about them. if the truth be told, this is the kind of thing I do right now. When it is too cold to be out there doing much else. I take bits and pieces of great gardens and great plants and mix it UP.\n
  • Sorry, just a bit over exposed, but what a classic combo. this is echos, \n
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  • Husker red, not an heirloom, but I am not a purist. Pine leaf penstemon or firecracker. Butterfly weed. Artemesia. Drought tolerant in spades.\n\n
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  • an untended stand of iris and poppies. The iris have been here for 50+ years. No added water. \n\n
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  • Designing with Heirlooms by Mary Ann Newcomer

    1. 1. Let’s run through the heirloom classics: bleeding heart/dicentra spectabilis peony/paeonia pinks/dianthus poppies/papaver foxglove/digitalis lily of the valley/convolaria majalis viola daisy/chrysthanemum English daisy/bellis perennis German bearded iris/iris germanica morning glory sweet peas
    2. 2. be still my heart
    3. 3. try lily of the valley with some hellebores. Let them run rampant. Let them fill in under trees. look for the green, cream, or the pale yellow ones. it’s called a color “echo”
    4. 4. lovePINKS
    5. 5. •f•o•x•g•l•o•v•e
    6. 6. daylily/ditchlily/tigerlily/lily
    7. 7. Use ‘em or lose ‘emHow to include heirlooms in today’s gardens: tips tricks combosand more mumbo jumbo
    8. 8. HOW TO WOW *** USE THESE“TOUGH AS NAILS” BEAUTIES IN A PRETTY WAY
    9. 9. creating a tapestry find the threads....
    10. 10. a classic for higher altitudes ASPEN & GERMAN IRIS
    11. 11. CENTRANTHRUS RUBRA: MASS IT.
    12. 12. I couldn’t help it. A drop dead RED garden.FUN!!
    13. 13. German bearded irisw/blue geranium and blue baptisia
    14. 14. campanula glomerata and blue spruce & alchemilla mollis (blue, silver, lime)
    15. 15. I BELIEVE VEGETABLES ARE A THING OF BEAUTY
    16. 16. all time fave: Orange Globe Mallow recently spotted in a palewatermelon pink
    17. 17. Indian Blanket Flower: Gaillardia
    18. 18. Indianpaintbrush
    19. 19. daylily/ditchlily/tigerlily/lily
    20. 20. gaill BaUrRdGiUaN D Y
    21. 21. ORANGES & LEMONS & angelina
    22. 22. eriogonumumbellatum sulphurbuckwheat
    23. 23. blue, yellow, green, green,green, yellow (what’s with the red?)
    24. 24. smokin’ hot and dry.
    25. 25. is this matillija poppy? Coulter’s poppy?
    26. 26. the coolth of the white Iceberg rose @Red Butte
    27. 27. santolina in yellow and silver
    28. 28. PLEASE:let the rambling rose ramble
    29. 29. YOU CAN ALWAYS LET THEM DOWHAT THEY WERE MEANT TO DO.
    30. 30. obviously, a match made in heaven. some folks like to improve on that.I say, sometimes TOO much of a good thing is a VERY good thing.
    31. 31. !ank y" forbeing here today

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