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Amsonia (also known as Bluestar) is an underutilized native wildflower you should consider adding to your perennial beds. Two species widely found in retail nurseries and garden centers include Amsonia hubrichtii and Amsonia tabernaemontana. These species are very similar but the latter has wider leaves in addition to tongue-twisting binomial nomenclature.

Finely textured Amsonia foliage

Amsonia provides three seasons of interest in the garden. Clusters of small star-shaped flowers in shades of blue cover the plant in June. The blooms peak at a time in the season when many perennials are on a flowering hiatus. The bright green foliage lasts through summer and has a striking fine texture not commonly found on herbaceous perennials. Amsonia provides an additional season of interest with a glowing fall color. The vivid yellow-orange leaves are a highlight in the autumn landscape.

Fall foliage

Reaching a height and width of about 2-3 feet, Bluestar can easily find a home in the garden. It thrives in sunny locations and can tolerate poor soils and drought conditions. Bluestar will steal the show on its own, but a mass planting would be absolutely stunning.

Article and photography by lilyofthevalley for Jeffrey Erb Landscape Design.

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 This rental rooftop garden, in Midtown West Manhattan, utilized the client’s existing planters and plant materials. We came up with a new layout to make the existing plants stand out better.

Gardens are always growing and changing, and since everything is containerized, we have the opportunity to tweak the layout throughout the growing season. As different plants bloom we can move them forward to highlight their visual interest. We also used risers to elevate some planters to add more interest and movement throughout the garden. Varying heights is just another way to make this garden feel more eclectic.

 Plant textures and foliage colors are really important in a container garden. Contrasting textures provide a backdrop for  showy flowers without overpowering the space. It is easier to mix varying leaf types in a small garden without looking too busy. Floriferous gardens filled with every type of annual from the garden center often turn out looking like that old print dress mom has in the back of the closet that needs to be thrown out. Keep it simple, and classy.

Varying Foliage Texture Helps this Container Garden Succeed

A Mixture of Plants With a Midtown View

Solar Shoji Lamps Help This Garden Come To Life At Night


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