Friday, January 09, 2009

Candy Canes Year ‘Round

This lovely candy cane bamboo (Himalayacalamus falconeri 'Damarapa') was photographed in my sister’s garden in northern California. The canes, when exposed to sunlight, show off their irregular red and green variegation. Really stunning! A small specimen clumping form of bamboo, candy cane would not be hardy in my zone 5 garden.

Another photo from my recent travels shows a lovely Asian inspired entry garden that also features bamboo. The fence and gate are beautifully crafted but, unfortunately, the whole scene has no relationship to the home it was built around! There is a serious lack of harmony here between the architecture and the landscape. I can only hope that, in time, large plantings inside the fenced area will also be established to create a transition from house to entry.

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