This is representative of the time-honored approach to plantings in the South Park Blocks between the art museum (glimpsed in the back of the picture) and the Historical society, here in “the rose city”. This bed is ringed with hybrid teas in various shades of red, with three taller shrubs pruned as standards in the middle.
On the other side of the central walkway is a bed with the same theme in yellow
But lo and behold, one of the built-in concrete raised beds breaks with tradition.
Several varieties of grasses combine with the strappy and spiky plants, for a more modern look.
They even mulched with gravel. How forward-thinking of them.
A little further north, where the tree canopy creates dappled to deep shade, they have crammed the planters with hostas, hellebores, rhododendrons and other shade-lovers. I have always loved strolling through the park blocks. Can you see why?