Great Balls of Fire

Allium 'Mt Everest' in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer https://agardenforall.com

Allium ‘Mt Everest’ (photo: Kathy Diemer)

I love orbs of all kinds; from glass globes to granite balls and anything in between, especially alliums.  The Latin word for allium is garlic, yet alliums are from the onion family (genus), including edibles such as chives, leeks and yes, garlic. Most alliums are happy in sunny, well drained zones 4-9, and come in a wide range of colors (white, purple, pink and yellow), heights (inches to several feet) and sizes (cotton ball to volleyball). Alliums not only add whimsy, funkiness and drama, they are great cut or dried flowers, attract bees and butterflies, are easy to grow, generally pest resistant from above ground critters (below is another story!) and are guaranteed to ignite your landscape. So, are you ready to hear some suggestions? [Read more…]

Orbs of Delight

A globe of petrified wood in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer https://agardenforall.com

A globe of petrified wood celebrates an anniversary (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

Some of my favorite ornamental objects are orbs of all dimensions and materials. I have rugged granite balls in three sizes, glass globes that are blown with swirls of color, and mirrored spheres reminiscent of old mercury glass.  Most glass pieces are safe outdoors as long as you keep them up from the ground, so my globes often remain outdoors to be enjoyed as they glisten against the lush foliage of summer or glow with a dusting of winter’s snow. Orb groupings are very attractive; especially when partnered with low growing perennials such as lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantina) or used to complement other round objects. I use granite balls near my circular bird bath to echo the soothing grey colors and textures of each, and recently celebrated my anniversary with a sphere of petrified wood. But what about living orbs . . . [Read more…]