Originally appeared in the Naples Daily News July 6, 2012.
Can plant material be obnoxious? Oh, sure. Some plant material is so swaggeringly arrogant, so assertive that it overwhelms the garden–- and the garden designer. It’s easy to avoid this error, though.
Some materials are so visually appealing that they are difficult to use in any sort of thoughtful planting design. They constantly shout at casual passers-by, in an nettlesome, cloying way: “Hey! You! Yes, you! Look at me! Just look at me!”