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Seasonal Planting Appeal | Landscape Design Ideas

Working with temporal elements in a garden can be pretty fun and remind people of the natural changes we all experience. This very cool bench and handmade arbor at Green Spring Gardens in Fairfax, VA is covered in Celastrus scandens | American Bittersweet, a Virginia native made charming because of it’s relationship to this place to sit. Celastrus scandens has terrific berries in the fall but even in winter, you can see how the vine, seat and abor almst become one (formerly) organic element. Other perennials and bulbs nearby add color in spring. There is only one little lonely evergreen in the vacinity, there to “support” the slightly leaning arbor. A loose stone path and low wall also help. Sitting here you can get really up close and personal with the passing of time.