Architectural Plants

One of my current favorite plants, the apostle iris. Its name comes from the belief that the plant will not flower until the individual plant has at least 12 leaves. I like it for its strong, architectural presence.

With this garden design, I limited my plant palette to three plants: boxwoods, ilex schilling and the apostle irises.

Behind the 5 irises are 10 boxwoods and 3 ilex shillins. I try to plant in 3, 5, and 7 arrangements. I fortified the soil with black cow compost and bone mill. For mulch, 1′ brown river rock.

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