It’s right there in Black & White…

I have the opportunity to design a small black and white pocket garden. Tucked into a corner with between a screen porch and the house, the area is also home to multi-utility boxes including a low voltage transformer smack dab in the middle of one wall that has no wriggle room.

My client’s request other than a fountain which is a blue glazed olive jar, is that I put Colicassia esculenta ‘Black Magic’ somewhere in the garden.


A quick color study for the garden

I still render presentation drawings for clients by hand but I use a color add on for my CAD program because it’s fast for down and dirty color studies. At the point I’m using it I don’t pay much (read some) attention to texture because the choices the program offers are limited–hence the Heuchera x ‘Obsidian’ in the drawing really looks more like stone than a plant! These quick visual thoughts are working drawings and I know what the plants look like, so the color studies are more for the ratio of one color/texture to the adjacent ones and the rhythmic flow of the planting design. I change my mind often when designing planting plans–it’s not always intuitive for me. Spatial relationships and human interation with and through space are much easier.

The very simple plant list includes:

Buxus sempervirens ‘Elegantisima’
Colocasia esculenta ‘Black Magic’
Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Nana Gracillis’
Hydrangea arborecens ‘Annabelle’
Heuchera x ‘Obsidian’
Iberis sempervirens
Lamium maculatum ‘White Nancy’
Odhiopogon planiscapus ‘Ebony Knight’

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