Many years ago, I saw corn poppies, Papaver rhoeas growing in a wheat (ie corn) field in England. I was smitten then with the image of red flowers with the golden foliage of ripe wheat, and have since loved the way annual poppies, Papaver spp. look in landscapes. I tried with success to recreate this image by designing and planting a natural-appearing wildflower meadow for a friend.
Since then I've continued learning about annual poppies and how they can be used in designed landscapes. The result is a series of articles that begin on May 27th with Poppies and the Landscape of War..
You may read about the necessary steps in creating a poppy landscape in these articles of mine:
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Every landscape gardener likes to believe his or her garden is as pretty as a picture. On June 24, my garden was the setting for a series of bridal photos...this is a snapshot of the bridal party in front of mounds of Nepeta x faassenii 'Six Hills Giant.'
You may read more about the garden on this special day at June Brides and Gardens